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Sorry, Rihanna. I can’t celebrate billionaires – even if they are Black

By Commentaries/Opinions

The last thing we need right now is another billionaire, regardless of their skin color By Akin Olla, The Guardian — Rihanna just became the newest member of the Black billionaire class. She did it through her ambitious and game-changing makeup company, Fenty Beauty. Fenty rejects eurocentric beauty standards and provides a wide array of cosmetics that celebrate darker skin tones often ignored by the beauty industry. That’s great. Unfortunately,…

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Your Check Bounced, America. Reparations Is Just Us Trying to Cash It

By Reparations

By Michael Eric Dyson — “B***h better have my money,” the songstress snarls in hypnotic cadence. “Pay me what you owe me.” For many people, Rihanna’s 2015 anthem serves as the soundtrack to the movement for Black reparations. Her tune profanely echoes Martin Luther King, Jr.’s urgent cry to the nation in 1963 in “I Have a Dream,” his most famous oration, addressed to the March on Washington. “We’ve come…

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