Robyn Rihanna Fenty, better known as simply Rihanna, is a power. Not only did the 33 Grammy nominations and 9 wins in the course of his musical career, but she is also the founder of the luxury fashion Fenty, brand-name makeup, Fenty Beauty, and is a philanthropist active and recognized with his own foundation.
However, Rihanna was not born into wealth and success, and had to work hard to get where he is. Now that you are on top, don’t forget where it came from and uses his platform to talk about and defend to others.
Rihanna experienced difficult times in Barbados
Rihanna was born and grew up in the caribbean island of Barbados, and, though his father, Ronald Fenty, is originally from Barbados, his mother, Monica Braithwaite, was an immigrant from Guyana.
In a recent cover story for Vogue Great Britain, Rihanna went into details about what life was like growing up the daughter of an immigrant on the island.
“The guyaneses are like the mexicans of Barbados,” he explained. She continued by saying that despite the fact that his mother was legally in the country, she experienced seeing people being dragged out of their homes in the middle of the night.
If this happened, it would be a very different person today. “I can assure you that my life would have been a disaster,” he said.
Made the connection between what you saw a lot of people from Guyana who lived in Barbados during his childhood, with what the latino experience today in the united States.
“That is why I really relate and I empathize with the mexicans or latinos, who are discriminated against in the united States,” he said.
Rihanna talks about racism, open and subtle
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Rihanna not only discussed problems with immigration but also with racism in general. After living in Barbados, the united States and now in the Uk, Rihanna says that racism is alive everywhere, even though it does say that police brutality is “probably extremely severe in the united States”.
She says that racism is the same in the Uk than in any other place: “it Is obvious, what is becoming the norm increasingly common or underlying, where the people are not even aware that they are being obvious about it.” You know, it is only one layer subconscious that is embedded in all its core “.
Even commented on the surprise of receiving questions such as: “Oh, my God, what made you think to make up to the black girls?”
He expressed his disappointment at the fact that some of its commercial successes (such as being the first black woman to lead a luxury brand to LVMH and the makeup line mentioned above) are considered to be innovative at this point of the story.
The philanthropic work of Rihanna
Rihanna founded the Foundation Clara Lionel in 2012 in honor of his maternal grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. The foundation funds a variety of causes, including educational programs in Malawi, Barbados and Senegal and emergency response programmes in the Caribbean.
The foundation now also celebrates an annual event of charity full of stars called Diamond Ball, in the city of New York. As part of the ceremony of delivery of awards of the past year, Rihanna said: “My grandmother taught me that it only takes one person, doing one thing, to help another person. It does not matter if it is a dollar or a million. It is joining forces collective to make the difference. “
Was due, in part, to the good work done by his foundation, that Rihanna won the President’s Award NAACP this year, an honor given “in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service”. She has won or has been nominated for other awards with the organization in the past for his musical achievements, but this was the first for his philanthropic work.
In his emotional acceptance speech, he echoed the lessons that he learned from his grandmother: “Only we can fix this world together. We cannot do it divided. I can’t stress that enough. We can’t let the numbness seep “.