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Rihanna on Rachel Dolezal: 'I think she was a bit of a hero'

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Rihanna’s latest cover story for Vanity Fair featured her most candid interview in years. While speaking about various topics, like her dating habits and her style, she spoke about Rachel Dolezal, the N.A.A.C.P. executive from Washington who claimed to be black and was thrust into the spotlight earlier this year.

“I think she was a bit of a hero, because she kind of flipped on society a little bit,” Rihanna told Vanity Fair. “Is it such a horrible thing that she pretended to be black? Black is a great thing, and I think she legit changed people’s perspective a bit and woke people up.”

Dolezal’s story became a national topic in June. She had been president of the Spokane, Washington NAACP chapter, but resigned when news broke. In an interview with Matt Lauer on Today, she said, “I identify as black.” She continued, “I have a huge issue with blackface. This is not some freak Birth of a Nation mockery blackface performance. This is on a very real, connected level. How I’ve had to go there with the experience, not just a visible representation, but with the experience.”

Head over to Vanity Fair for more on Rihanna.

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