Rihanna may have been one of the biggest honorees at the 51st NAACP Image Awards on Saturday night (February 22), but she humbly returned the focus to a powerful and crucial message.
The pop star, actress and fashion and beauty mogul received the President & # 39; s Award at the ceremony for her extraordinary philanthropic efforts around the world: she raised millions of dollars in disaster relief, education abroad and awareness of issues that affect communities around the world. stressed that she did not make that impact by working alone.
"Tonight isn't really about me, because the goal is bigger than me, right?" she said in accepting her award. "It is not bigger than us together, but it is bigger than me, because my part is a very small part of the work that is being done in this world and the work that is yet to be done."
"I'm lucky to be able to found the Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012," she continued, referring to the non-profit organization she launched in her grandmother's memory.
"If there is one thing I learned, it is that we can fix this world together. We cannot divide it. I cannot emphasize it enough. We cannot let desensitivity penetrate – & # 39; If it's your problem, it's not mine." "It's a woman's problem." "It's a problem of black people." "It's a problem of poor people." How many of us in this room have colleagues, partners and friends of other races, genders, religions "Hand show? Well, then, they want to break bread with you, right? They like you? Well, that's also their problem. So, when we are marching, protesting and publishing about Michael Brown Jr. and the Atatiana Jeffersons of the world, ask your friends to show up. "
She ended her remarks with another request to join: "Imagine what we could do together. Thank you for that honor."
Watch Rihanna's speech in full below.
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