Update (November 6, 2018): Following her public endorsement of Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, Rihanna is taking a cue from Issa Rae’s mantra, “I’m rooting for everybody Black,” and has endorsed one more popular Black candidate: Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.
The Fenty Beauty mogul posted her endorsement to Twitter Tuesday afternoon.
GEORGIA: I’m sure you already know, but incase you’re still wondering… it’s all about @StaceyAbrams for Governor! Stacey is an inspiration to women across the world!!!
We need everyone in Georgia to Vote TODAY! It’s going to take all of us to do the work! EVERY. VOTE. MATTERS! pic.twitter.com/vPOoM2nuV8
— Rihanna (@rihanna) November 6, 2018
“I’m sure you already know, but in case you’re still wondering … it’s all about Stacey Abrams for governor!” the singer exclaimed. “Stacey is an inspiration to women across the world!!!”
Abrams has received a lot of high profile support, including endorsements from Obama and Oprah.
Rihanna also encouraged everyone in Georgia to get out and vote, noting “every vote matters.” You heard her, Navy. Get it done!
Original: From Oprah campaigning for Stacey Abrams to LeBron James sporting a Beto O'Rourke hat while playing down in San Antonio, celebrity endorsements for this year's midterm elections are coming in droves. On Sunday, Florida's Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum became the latest individual to earn the approval of a widely respected public figure.
On Sunday, singer, entrepreneur and philanthropist Rihanna publicly backed the Tallahassee mayor as Florida's next governor. In an Instagram post to her nearly 66 million followers, Ri Ri penned an emphatic message encouraging her fans not only to vote but to cast their votes for Gillum:
FLORIDA: You have the opportunity to make history this election. The US has only had four black Governors in its entire history, and we can help make #AndrewGillum the next one and Florida’s first! If you’re tired of feeling like you don’t matter in the political process, know the most important thing you can do in supporting a candidate is finding someone who will take on critical issues such as: making minimum wage a livable wage, paying teachers what their worth, ensuring criminal justice reform, making healthcare a right, and repealing Stand Your Ground. That’s a platform we MUST support. Let’s #bringithome, Florida. Vote @andrewgillum. And VOTE YES on Amendment 4 to restore voting rights to folks who have already paid their debt to society. VOTE on November 6th!
The caption accompanied a black-and-white photo of a woman who appears to be a protestor holding a sign that reads “GRAB EM BY THE MIDTERMS."
Should Gillum beat Republican nominee Ron DeSantis on Tuesday, he'll become the first African American governor in the state's 173-year-old history.
The Grammy winner also encouraged her Floridian supporters to vote for Amendment 4 saying, “VOTE YES on Amendment 4 to restore voting rights to folks who have already paid their debt to society.”
According to The Washington Post, Amendment 4 would allow individuals who have been convicted of a felony the right to vote once they have completed their sentence. To become a law, Amendment 4 would have to be supported by more than 60 percent of Florida residents.
Unapologetically vocal about her political views, Rihanna recently made headlines when it was reported the Ocean's 8 star turned down the Super Bowl LIII halftime show in solidarity with former quarterback and activist Colin Kaepernick.
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