Rihanna Says “Pull Up”

“We can’t let the desensitivity seep in,” she said. “The ‘if it’s your problem, then it’s not mine.’ ‘It’s a woman’s problem.’ ‘It’s a black people problem.’ ‘It’s a poor people problem.’ I mean, how many of us in this room have colleagues and partners and friends from other races, sexes, religions, show of hands? Well, then you know they want to break bread with you, right? They like you. Well, then this is their problem, too.

The fashion icon and pop star of the world Rihanna received this year’s President’s Award for her “groundbreaking career as a public servant and her philanthropy. Rihanna launched the Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012, named in honor of her grandparents. The foundation “funds groundbreaking and effective education, health and emergency response programs around the world.

Rihanna continued in her speech and said “So when we’re marching and protesting and and posting about the Michael Brown Jrs. and the Atatiana Jeffersons of the world, tell your friends to pull up.”

“Thank you to the NAACP for all of your efforts to ensure equality for our communities. Thank you for celebrating our strength and tenacity,” Rihanna ended her speech with. “We have been denied opportunity since the beginning of time and still we prevail, so I am honored. Imagine what we could do together.”

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