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Rihanna, her assistant spotted at anti-Asian hate protest in NY

This is not the first time Rihanna has showed up to show solidarity with social movements. 

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FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2019, file photo, singer Rihanna poses for photographers upon arrival at the British Fashion Awards in central London. Rihanna will receive the President’s Award during the 51st NAACP Image Awards this month, the NAACP announced Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2020. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

Singer and businesswoman Rihanna was spotted at an Anti-Asian hate protest in New York on Sunday. 

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According to USA Today, the singer joined her assistant Tina Truong at the event. 

Truong shared pictures and videos of Rihanna at the protest on Instagram. 

 

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Truong said she had attended multiple events with Rihanna to protest different injustices. 

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“This cause hit close to home for me being Vietnamese American and Rih is very vocal when it comes to bringing awareness to injustices, domestic and global,” she told USA Today. “We’ve attended protests together before so when we heard about this one, we both felt compelled to take action again. There wasn’t a second thought to it, we just made our signs and hit the street.”

This is not the first time Rihanna has showed up to show solidarity with social movements. 

In 2017, she was given the Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year award and in 2020, she was the recipient of the President’s Award at the 51st NAACP Image Awards. 

The protest Truong and Rihanna attended is one of many in the fight to end violence against Asian Americans. 

In March 2020, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council (A3PCON), Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University launched the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center.

national report released by the group revealed that more than 3,000 incidents were reported, including cases of verbal harassment, shunning, physical assault, civil rights violations and online harassment.

For additional resources on how to help stop hatred and violence against Asians, click here.

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