Rihanna was dragged on Twitter.com for disrespecting civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. on his birthday.
As the nation celebrated King's birthday on Monday, the Bajan businesswoman changed her Twitter banner to a Photoshopped image of smiling Dr. King wearing a gold grill.
Rihanna is not from here so she probably didn't understand how offensive the image is. But she learned on Monday, as her followers lashed out on her timeline.
The offensive image was still posted as Rihanna's Twitter header as of Tuesday morning. The semi-retired pop star has over 104 million followers on Twitter.com.
Instead of addressing the controversy, she posted selfies with the caption: "commercial break." She also shared thirst trap photos and a video of herself wearing lingerie from her Savage X Fenty line.
Here is what some of her followers had to say about the MLK disrespect:
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As the nation celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Black activists say critical race theory tarnishes his legacy.
"Critical race theory points out that only one group or race is systematically racist, and that they are irredeemable and can never be forgiven," Emery McClendon told Fox News on Sunday. "That concept totally contradicts Scripture and the morals of civilized society."
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"Dr. King taught love and the need for mankind to seek to judge one another based on the content of our character, not on the color of our skin," said McClendon, a member of the Project 21 national advisory council.
Members of Project 21, a Black leadership network, also say the CRT controversy hurts King's dream of seeing all people united as one.
McClendon says critical race theory and the 1619 Project cause division and disruption among the races.
"Because the 1619 Project and Critical Race Theory have perpetuated a narrative of 'systemic racism,' it is all the more imperative that we refocus our efforts on why it is important to reach Dr. King's dream of climbing to the mountaintop," McClendon said in a press release on Sunday.
"CRT is a very harmful doctrine and at the onset of its training, causes Black students and others to always see themselves as inferior and helpless victims who are discriminated against with no possible solution for change, or advancement," McClendon told Fox News.
"We must stress that every individual is capable of obtaining success and the pursuit of the American Dream through hard work and determination," McClendon said.
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This post is late, but better late than never. Merry Christmas to you and your family and best wishes for the New Year!
I chuckled while reading my most popular Christmas posts over the years.
Remember when Kerry Washington gifted her friends with $400 Dyson vacuum cleaners for Christmas? Lol. It was the thought that counted.
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Remember when Walmart sold out KFC's wildly popular chicken-scented fire logs?
Remember when Tyler Perry paid off $434,000 worth of Walmart lay-a-aways one Christmas? They say Walmart no longer offers layaways (but not because of Tyler Perry).
What about that time when a Houston oil company owner gifted his employees $100,000 cash each for Christmas.
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Below is my Christmas/Holiday playlist. Please share your playlist of favorite Christmas songs below.
As always, if I don't see you before the end of the year, have a Happy, prosperous, and safe New Year!
Every Year, Every Christmas - Luther Vandross
All I Want for Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey
Let it Snow - Boyz II Men
Do You Hear What I Hear - Whitney Houston
Happy Holidays - The Ohio Players
Grown Up Christmas List - Monica
Someday At Christmas - Stevie Wonder
Holiday Celebrate - Toni Braxton
This Christmas - Donny Hathaway
At Christmas Time - Luther Vandross
What Child Is This? - Vanessa Williams
Stevie Wonder - What Christmas Means to Me
Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto - James Brown
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - Jackson 5
Give Love On Christmas Day - Jackson 5
Silent Night - Temptations
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Alveda King, the niece of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., wrote an op-ed for Fox News, explaining why she is forever grateful on Mother's Day.
"On Mother's Day this year I want to thank my mother for the most precious gift: My life," she wrote. "She gifted me with my life, even though at first she was uncertain about it, and even though she had to change the plans she had made for herself and her future."
Mrs. King explained that her mother, Naomi Barber, fell pregnant with her in 1950 when she courted her father, Rev. A.D. King.
Barber was a freshman at Spelman College in Atlanta and she had big dreams, King said.
"But as their relationship got more serious, they made the choice not to wait until the wedding night. When she realized she was pregnant, her first thought was to have an abortion.
"My grandmother suggested seeking the counsel of their minister, who just happened to be the man who would be my paternal grandfather, Rev. Martin Luther King Sr.
"My Uncle Martin – Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. – famously had a dream that helped change the nation. My grandfather also had a dream, and it helped save my life.
"Daddy King, as he's known in the family, told my mother, 'Naomi, you can't abort this baby. I saw her in a dream three years ago. She is not a lump of flesh. She is a little girl with light skin and bright red hair.' That was me."
Read more at Fox News.
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Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers who work tirelessly to raise your children. We wouldn't be who we are today without you! We Love and Honor you on this day.
We celebrate the mothers who are no longer with us. Thank you for inspiring us, giving us strength and putting us on the right path to success in life. You are our pillar of strength. You will always remain in our hearts.
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Not everyone grew up with a loving mother. We celebrate those of you who showed Love and Kindness to the children of another mother.
God blessed us with you. You loved us unconditionally and we will never forget the many sacrifices you made for us.
Poet, journalist, activist and Kevin Powell wrote a touching poem titled "Mother's Day," dedicated to his aunt Birdie Lou Powell who passed away this month.
Kevin Powell is one of the most prolific literary, political, cultural, and hip-hop voices in America. He is a poet, journalist, civil and human rights activist, public speaker, filmmaker, a former two-time candidate for the United States Congress in New York City, and author or editor of 14 books. Kevin’s newest book is When We Free The World, a short collection of essays plus one poem about the present and future of America. His next book will be a biography of Tupac Shakur, the global pop culture and hip-hop icon. Kevin’s writings have appeared in a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, HuffPost, CNN, The Guardian, British GQ, The Nation, Utne Reader, Vibe, Esquire, NPR, and The Progressive. Kevin is currently completing an indie film as a first-time director/writer/producer entitled What’s Going On, about healthy manhood versus toxic manhood, about fathers and sons, inspired by Marvin Gaye’s landmark album of the same title. Kevin lives in New
York City, the borough of Brooklyn.
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