Rihanna Claims She’s a Victim of Racism in Corporate America

Rihanna  THE NEW YORK TIMES’ T MAGAZINE
Rihanna
THE NEW YORK TIMES’ T MAGAZINE

By all accounts, Rihanna has gone from singing about her umbrella to being one of the most recognizable names in music and fashion. But despite all of this, in a recent interview with the New York Times’ T magazine, the singer still says she faces racism in the corporate world.

“You know, when I started to experience the difference—or even have my race be highlighted—it was mostly when I would do business deals,” Rihanna stated.

Rihanna said she’s clearly made aware of her race when it comes to brokering deals and how people expect her to act. But instead of dwelling on the racism she’s encountered, she says it’s made her stronger.

“And, you know, that never ends, by the way. It’s still a thing. And it’s the thing that makes me want to prove people wrong. It almost excites me; I know what they’re expecting, and I can’t wait to show them that I’m here to exceed those expectations.”

And that racism was evident last month when reports surfaced that an executive from Flynn Family Office, Rihanna’s current financial-management firm, said the singer is hot and successful because she’s not too dark.

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Source: The Root |  YESHA CALLAHAN