Rihanna Speaks On Facing Racism In Music Industry In New Times Cover


Rihanna has done it again – standing out in grandeur.

This time, she is among “The Greats” on Times magazine’s latest cover! True enough, you will not find another ‘unapologetic’ singer that shines and peaks your attention like Riri.

The 27-year-old star appears on one of the six covers for the Oct. 25 issue of The New York Times Style magazine, fittingly themed “The Greats.”

And as expected Rihanna’s excitement spilled over on Instagram.

In the one-of-a-kind revealing  interview with writer and filmmaker Miranda July, the Bajan superstar opens up about facing racism in the music industry and making her mother proud with her accomplishments.

A decade ago, one wouldn’t imagine that the then 17-year-old Pon de Replay hitmaker would be the first black woman to be the face of Dior.

On the contrary, many believed that she’d be just another black artist or worse, another one-hit wonder. (Boy, were they wrong)


And as we all know, being such a powerhouse brand in the showbiz does not immune you to constant judgement and criticism. If anything, it’s the opposite.

From who you are wearing, to who you are dating, Rihanna knows first hand that the mission of many media outlets is to place you on a platform to be picked at from hairs to toenails. She says,

I have to bear in mind that those people are judging you because you’re packaged a certain way — they’ve been programmed to think a black man in a hoodie means grab your purse a little tighter…For me, it comes down to smaller issues, scenarios in which people can assume something of me without knowing me, just by my packaging.”

With her immense success in music as a eight-time Grammy winner and countless others, business deals, (major business by the way) has become a norm for the Barbados-born singer. So, it was inevitable that race came in the picture. She recounts,

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…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.”

Which she has done in her own right.

Having sold over 54 million albums and even becoming the youngest solo artist to score 13 No.1 singles on Billboard, Riri is a BIG deal folks. (“You Go Black Girl!”)


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