During a time of racial tension in the United States, a celebrity wanting to do a free benefit concert would be praised. However, that is not the case with Rihanna who was blocked by the City of Baltimore for attempting to do so. In light of the Freddie Gray incident Rihanna chose that city to give back to because the disparaging times called for hope and change. She also wanted to protest peacefully in the streets with the residents that she hoped to inspire in some way. It would give the city a sense of “someone cares for me”, but in the absence of a permit she was unable to do so.
The City of Baltimore, however, gave Prince the opportunity to do a benefit concert which turned out great. Baltimore is filled with young people that could have related to Rihanna, and for one day, could have had peace in their city.
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