The Diamond Ball is a yearly event which seeks to raise awareness about the Clara Lionel Foundation, an organization named for Rihanna’s deceased grandmother.
The Clara Lionel Foundation raises funds to promote global education and emergency response programs. This year the fifth annual Diamond Ball will honor controversial activist Shaun King and Mia Mottley, the Prime Minister of Barbados, Rihanna’s home country.
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“I can’t imagine a better night than this year’s Clara Lionel Foundation event with Seth Meyers, Pharrell and DJ Khaled,” Rihanna said in a statement obtained by Variety. “I am particularly honored to present Prime Minister Mottley and Shaun King with this year’s Diamond Ball Awards for their groundbreaking work. We are so thankful to them for joining us and making the night better than ever.”
But while the honorees of the past went unquestioned, the mention of King’s name stirred up a lot of emotion on Twitter. Since King’s rise to prominence on the back of the Black Lives Matter movement, he’s faced many challenges as his platform continues to expand.
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Among the list of alleged offenses that King has faced on Twitter includes misreporting and plagiarism. However, earlier this year it was his bout with writer and activist Clarissa Brooks, who alleged that King misallocated funds raised for families affected by police brutality and discrimination, spurring a much-needed conversation about the ghosts of King’s past. King took to social media to publicly berate Brooks and also threatened legal action against her.
While he has since apologized, the vitriol between King and other prominent Black activists still runs deep. King has never been found guilty of the above mentioned offenses but the paper trial is glaring and is cause for alarm.
King made headlines this past week after he publicly scrutinized rapper Jay-Z over his recent social justice partnership with the NFL.
All eyes are now on Rihanna, who has remained silent regarding King’s selection.
This story was originally posted on madamenoire.com.
Rihanna Shares Photo of Her Mini-Doppleganger, Twitter Is Absolutely Stunned
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She’s literally a mini Rihanna😩 pic.twitter.com/NYM6xU0eTG— eden (@itisgrande) July 24, 2019
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Rihanna so on point God had to make another. https://t.co/87ge0THCnx— ThePersian (@DthePersian) July 24, 2019
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Can we just talk about how much this little girl looks like Rihanna?! 😱 The singer tweeted about how she "nearly dropped her phone" after seeing the comparison... goals! pic.twitter.com/unk5eVCe4Q— British GLAMOUR (@GlamourMagUK) July 24, 2019
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We found Rihanna’s mini me pic.twitter.com/ijHitcKmaH— Jennifer Mean⁷ (@_JenniferMean) July 24, 2019
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Rihanna has a daughter? Cos I don't get this shit... pic.twitter.com/w6cY40c6yY— Mr Ogechi (@GONnamoko) July 24, 2019
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she looks like a mini Rihanna 😨 pic.twitter.com/oiGc6iiFsc— R&B RADAR (@RNB_RADAR) July 24, 2019
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she’s so beautiful. rihanna was found dead pic.twitter.com/rTivuU3IEH— ☪︎. (@thickannawhore) July 23, 2019
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r u sure she not urs sis? lol pic.twitter.com/0jluPblAER— Rihanna's bitch (@itsrihannasbtch) July 23, 2019
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