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Rihanna Says Tell Your Friends Of Other Races To "Pull Up" For Black Issues | NAACP Image Awar

Rihanna Says Tell Your Friends Of Other Races To
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, Derrick. -WOMAN: I love you,

Rihanna

! -(chuckles) (cheering and applause) Thank you, Derrick, and thank you to the staff, board and community of the NAACP, including all of you guys here in this room and everyone at home watching who's devoted their lives and efforts toward supporting people of color. -(cheering and applause) -Yeah. Yeah. Can do that. (chuckles) Okay, I'm gonna try to keep this simple because, um, tonight is not really about me. Because the purpose is bigger than me, right? You know? It's not bigger than us together, but it's bigger than me 'cause my part is a very small part of the work that's being done in this world and the work that is yet to be done. (cheering and applause) Thank you. I'm lucky I was able to start the Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012, and if there's anything that I've learned, it's that we can only fix this world together. -(cheering and applause) -We... We can't do it divided. I cannot emphasize that enough. We can't let the desensitivity seep in. -MAN: Yes. -MAN 2: Yeah! -(applause) -WOMAN:

Rihanna

! (whooping) The "if it is

your

problem, then it's not mine." MAN: Right. Right. It's a woman's problem. It's a

black

people problem. -WOMAN: Right! -It's a poor people problem. (whooping and applause) I mean, how many of us in this room have colleagues and partners and

friends

from

other

races

, sexes, religions? Show of hands....
rihanna says tell your friends of other races to pull up for black issues naacp image awar
(applause and whooping) Well, then, you know, they want to break bread with you, right? They like you? Well, then, this is their problem, too. (applause) So, when we are marching and protesting and posting about the Michael Brown Juniors and the Atatiana Jeffersons of the world,

tell

your

friends

to

pull

up. MAN: Yes! (cheering and applause) Thank you to the NAACP for all of

your

efforts to ensure equality for our communities. Thank you for celebrating our strength and tenacity. We have been denied opportunities since the beginning of time, and still we prevail. So, I am honored. Imagine what we could do together. Thank you for this honor. (cheering and applause)