Rihanna accepted the President’s Award at the 51st NAACP Image Awards and shared some poignant words on allyship.
The singer was celebrated for her career in music and fashion, and her philanthropy, including her Clara Lionel Foundation, which aims to support and fund “education, health and emergency response programs around the world.”
“If there’s anything that I’ve learned [it’s] that we can only fix this world together,” Rihanna said in her acceptance speech.
She spoke about the importance of allyship, asking audience members to raise their hands if they have “colleagues and partners and friends from other races, sexes, religions.”
“They want to break bread with you, right?” she asked. “They like you? Well, then, this is their problem too.”
“When we’re marching and protesting and posting about the Michael Brown Jrs. and the Atatiana Jeffersons of the world, tell your friends to pull up,” she added.
Watch the moment below.
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