Barbados PM Mia Mottley Proposes Museum To Honor Rihanna, The Nation's Famous Daughter

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.

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Motley at United Nations September 2018.

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Motley at United Nations 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!

MacKenzie Bezos Joins Gates & Buffett 'The Giving Pledge', Sharing Half of Her New Fortune

Photographed by Norman Jean Roy

Photographed by Norman Jean Roy

There aren’t many solo images of MacKenzie Bezos out there. Even though the mom of four is a successful writers and played her own roll in the formation of Amazon, almost all images of MacKenzie include her husband Jeff Bezos.

Vogue US interviewed one of the world’s richest women in 2013 in advance of her “gripping new novel Traps”. The interview by Rebecca Johnson describes MacKenzie as a “bookish and she” girl who spent hours in her bedroom writing elaborate stories. She attended first Hotchkiss and then Princeton, a very deliberate choice that gave her access to writer Toni Morrison. One of America’s most important voices became Bezos’ mentor and called her in 2013 “one of the best students I’ve ever had in my creative-writing classes . . . really one of the best.” It was Morrison who made the all-important recommendation of Amanda “Binky” Urban as a literary agent.

Now that she’s divorced, Johnson’s Vogue interview is even more interesting, describing the couple as two very different people who have created a sensational marriage. Enough said on that topic — except that Money Magazine says that MacKenzie made the first move, asking Jeff to lunch.

Shown from left are the speakers at the Nov. 2018 Princeton ceremony dedicating Morrison Hall: MacKenzie Bezos, Class of 1992, who studied with Morrison; Morrison; Ruth Simmons, president of Prairie View A&M University who helped recruit Morrison to Princeton; and Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber. Photo by Nick Donnoli, Office of Communications

Shown from left are the speakers at the Nov. 2018 Princeton ceremony dedicating Morrison Hall: MacKenzie Bezos, Class of 1992, who studied with Morrison; Morrison; Ruth Simmons, president of Prairie View A&M University who helped recruit Morrison to Princeton; and Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber. Photo by Nick Donnoli, Office of Communications

MacKenzie Bezos made big news this week, taking an action very different from her ex-husband’s. Jeff Bezos is not known for his largess, his philanthropy or his civic activism. MacKenzie plans to live a different life. He was very outspoken about declining to sign the Giving Pledge, a commitment by billionaires to dedicate the majority of their wealth to giving back, The Giving Pledge was created by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett in 2010. Jeff Bezos joins them as three of America’s five richest people and the only one not to sign the Giving Pledge. Note that only 7 percent of the world’s billionaires have signed the Giving Pledge.

Mackenzie Bezos is not one of them, signing a pledge to give at least half of her $37 billion in assets to charity, writes ELLE US.

“We each come by the gifts we have to offer by an infinite series of influences and lucky breaks we can never fully understand. In addition to whatever assets life has nurtured in me, I have a disproportionate amount of money to share,” she said in her statement, obtained by Bloomberg News. “My approach to philanthropy will continue to be thoughtful. It will take time and effort and care. But I won’t wait. And I will keep at it until the safe is empty.”

It will be interesting to watch Ms.Bezos bloom in her own right., joining Laurene Powell Jobs and Melinda Gates as yet another woman with a seat at the big boys table.

Kim Kardashian West Helps Free 17 Federal Prisoners in Last Three Months

Kim Kardashian West Drops Bombshell About Becoming A Lawyer In Vogue US May 2019

We know about Kim Kardashian’s role in the 2018 summer release of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old Alabama woman in prison since 1996 on a nonviolent drug charge. Kim learned about her case through social media and met with President Trump, seeking Johnson’s clemency.

What has been relatively low-profile news is that Kim has been working with CNN commentator and activist Van Jones and the attorney Jessica Jackson, cofounders of #cut50, a national bipartisan advocacy group on criminal-justice reform for months. After visiting prisons, petitioning governors, and attending meetings at the White House, Kim Kardashian made a major decision about her forward life direction.

The powerhouse mogul is studying 18 hrs. a week to become a lawyer and will take the bar exam in California, one of four states where Kim can apprentice herself to a qualified lawyer while studying and preparing for the exam, as early as 2022. .

Buzzfeed wrote on Tuesday that Kim Kardashian West has helped free 17 federal prisoners in the last three months.

Lawyers Brittany K. Barnett and MiAngel Cody confirmed Kardashian’s involvement in funding the 90 Days of Freedom Campaign, an entity born from President Trump’s signing of the First Step Act, designed to see sentence reductions for those serving life terms on drug offences.

“She’s using her platform to shine a light on this issue,” said Barnett, who is Kardashian West's personal lawyer and one of the co-creators of the Buried Alive Project. “She really helped us with the work we’ve already been doing, and she’s helping us amplify the voices of the people who are buried alive.”

Kim Kardashian West  and her personal attorney, co-founder of  Buried Alive Project,   Brittany K. Barnett  entering the White House to meet with Jared Kushner and President Trump on prison reform issues.  via  THR

Kim Kardashian West and her personal attorney, co-founder of Buried Alive Project, Brittany K. Barnett entering the White House to meet with Jared Kushner and President Trump on prison reform issues. via THR

“People get out of prison when powerful women link arms. Brittany and I linked arms years ago, and Kim has come and linked arms, too," Cody, Barnett’s co-counsel on the 90 Days of Freedom Campaign, said. “It’s about using what resources you have to shine a light on the underbelly of American injustice."

The two lawyers are launching the Third Strike Project, which will look more broadly at the hundreds of men and women serving life sentences under three-strikes laws that were implemented in the early ’90s, but who aren't covered by the First Step Act.

We have hundreds of people that we need to bring to the forefront and help free that are serving life sentences under a law that has changed, but just did not reach back to help them,” Cody said.

It seems safe to assert that Kim Kardashian West will be front and center in the battle. It seems safe to assert that Kim Kardashian West will be front and center in the battle. In fact, she just announced Wednesday ‘Kim Kardashian: The Justice Project’, a new two-hour documentary for Oxygen.

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