Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Mottley is one shrewd woman. Rihanna supported her candidacy to become Prime Minister in 2018, then joining forces with Motley as Cultural Ambassador for Barbados in September 2018.
PM Motley has raised her own international profile significantly since becoming leader of her country. AOC featured yesterday her role in activating a deliberate, fast-track move towards 100% renewable fuels by 2030. Barbados is joined by Jamaica in the lead and also Dominica in a major drive towards sustainability, now fueled with the activism, money and connections of Richard Branson, who has launched a program throughout the Caribbean post Hurricane Maria.
Now Barbados Prime Minister wants to open a museum celebrating Rihanna and her Work, Work, Work, Work, Work.
Mottley revealed in London that conversations are already underway between Rihanna’s manager brother and the Barbados government on honoring the Caribbean island’s most famous daughter born Robyn Rihanna Fenty , according to The Voice.
Anybody who could go from Rihanna’s humble beginnings to become “the most successful woman entertainer in the entire globe, in my view deserves to be recognized in her life as a living legend of Barbados as well,” Mottley said.
Rihanna is everywhere right now, becoming the first woman of color to launch a brand with luxury group LVMH with the debut of her fashion label FENTY in May. Her song about Work, Work, Work, Work is the reference for the opening paragraph of her interview.
The backdrop of Rihanna’s global success across so many fields seems enhanced by the history of her own country of Barbados. AOC published last night an article from The Conversation J.M. Opal, Associate Professor of History and Chair, History and Classical Studies, McGill University in Toronto.
Professor Opal reminds us that instead of exploding into violent retribution when the British Empire abolished slavery in the 1830s, Barbados — “Ground Zero for American slavery and racism, a Caribbean concentration camp in which hundreds of thousands of people of African descent were tortured to make white planters very rich” — became one of the most stable, hard-working democracies in the Caribbean.
That success has continued after gaining freedom from British rule in 1967. And it’s clearly in the DNA of Barbados’ most famous daughter Rihanna and its still young in tenure Prime Minister Mia Mottley. This is a duo to watch!