Rihanna Explains Race Issues She Deals With In Business

By Staff  |  10/13/2015


Rihanna addresses race issues she's faced in her career, in a new feature story for the New York Times.

When questioned if she was faced with race issues upon first moving from Barbados to New York, Rihanna said it was more prevalent in her business dealings.

"When I started to experience the difference -- or even have my race be highlighted -- it was mostly when I would do business deals," she explained. "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."

Later, Rihanna explained that people make assumptions merely off of her "packaging."

"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," she said. "For me, it comes down to smaller issues, scenarios in which people can assume something of me without knowing me, just by my packaging."