Rihanna called for unity as she won the President’s Award during the 51st NAACP Image Awards recently.
The 32-year-old singer was handed the prestigious accolade during the ceremony at the Pasadena Convention Center in recognition of her “groundbreaking career as an artist and musician”, as well as being a “stellar public servant”.
During her appearance at the show – which honors the achievements of people of color in motion pictures, TV, music, and literature – Rihanna said: “I’m going to try to keep this simple because tonight really isn’t about me.
“Because the purpose is bigger than me … My part is a very small part of the work that’s being done in this world – and the work that’s yet to be done.”
The chart-topping singer then reflected on her philanthropic efforts.
She said: “If there’s anything that I’ve learned, we can only fix this world together. We can’t do it divided. I cannot emphasize that enough.
Previous recipients of the prestigious award include Ella Fitzgerald, Kerry Washington, and Spike Lee.
Elsewhere, Lizzo was named the Entertainer of the Year, has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the last 12 months. The 31-year-old star overcame competition from Angela Basset, Billy Porter, Regina King, and Tyler Perry to win the coveted gong.
Meanwhile, Michael B. Jordan won the Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture prize for his performances in ‘Just Mercy’.
Michael’s co-star Jamie Foxx beat the likes of Leslie Odom, Wesley Snipes, Tituss Burgess, and Sterling K. Brown to win the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture accolade.
Kenyan Hollywood actress Lupita Nyong’o won the award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for her performance in ‘Us’, seeing off competition from Alfre Woodard, Cynthia Erivo, Jodie Turner-Smith, and Naomie Harris to claim the gong.
What’s more, ‘Little’ Star Marsai Martin was named the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, as well as being the winner of the Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture prize.
Diamond Platnumz’s latest release has been called out for lacking originality. The song sounds awfully similar to some popular Nigerian hits.
The father of four recently released his first single of the year dubbed ‘Jeje’ which is a feel-good sexy song that features a video vixen dancing for the hitmaker.
The sultry dancing and the song’s killer visuals are not the only things that have captured people’s attention. The beats to the song are clearly not original, something that fans were quick to point out.
‘Jeje’ is seemingly a copy and paste job from Nigerian Wizkid’s 2019 hit ‘Joro’ as they both sound the same. It is clear that the Bongo star was going for a similar vibe with his new track, he generously borrowed ideas from ‘Joro’ downright to the dancing and visuals.
Others have pointed out that the song also sounds like Burna Boys’s ‘Gbona’. It is, however, important to mention that all three songs were produced by popular Nigerian prouder Kel-P.
Recently, fans blasted Diamond whose real name is Naseeb Abdul and his Kenyan lover Tanasha Donna Oketch for stealing video concept ideas for their new song ‘Gere’ from Brazilian Iza on the song ‘Brisa’.
In 2019, he was accused twice of being a copy cat, he stole the video concept for the song ‘Tetema’ and a song from a Namibian singer.