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What can Rihanna do for her country?

rhondathompson, rhondathompson@nationnews.com

Added 29 September 2010

carol11

Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country? This is exactly what many Barbadians are asking of home grown Grammy award winner Rihanna who was recently seen out and about hosting parties for her celeb friends. Shortly after the picture was carried in the DAILY NATION on Monday, Rihanna came under the microscope again by our readers who were very vocal about expressing their feelings on this website and the Nation's Facebook page. They want to know when will Rihanna hold a concert for “her people” in Barbados. They also want to know which local charities she is involved in. One reader asked: “When will she perform at a concert for we Bajans? Or, are we too local to see her perform? Another asked: “Can someone tell me if she does any charity work in Barbados like she does in the United States?” It is possible that Rihanna might be doing charity work anonymously in Barbados. The reality is, Barbadians have an expectation of this young woman who was not only recently given land at Apes Hill in St James and bestowed the honour of being an Ambassador for this country. As the saying goes, to whom much is given, much is expected. While Rihanna may well be managed by others who dictate the events and concerts she would attend across the globe, home drums while not beating first, must still beat . . . and echo too. Even under firm and possibly strict management, I do believe Rihanna still has a voice and is not muzzled and can therefore have some input in whether she hosts a concert for Barbadians or not. I also have to note, with caution too, as one of the readers did, that it is possible for Rihanna to be involved in a local charity anonymously. She is under no obligation to broadcast to the world what she is doing to help the less fortunate here in Barbados. What I will say, however, is Rihanna needs to take note of what Barbadians are saying and look into the possibility of holding a concert or finding some way of giving back to her country and her people. There is the sentiment expressed “on the ground” that many Barbadians are against Rihanna. While I concede there may be some, I do believe this young singer has an overwhelming amount of goodwill and fans. However, it would serve her well to recognise that to whom much is given, much is expected!

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