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Rihanna Getting Barbados Street Named After Her



Rihanna is the most visible Barbadian on the planet. In 2008—before Fenty x Puma, before her Stance sock line—she had already been named an honorary ambassador for Youth and Culture by then-Prime Minister David Thompson. This, for context, was circa Good Girl Gone Bad. Next month, she’ll be granted an even bigger honor: On November 30, Barbados’s Independence Day (commemorating their independence from the United Kingdom in 1966), Westbury New Road will be renamed Rihanna Drive in the musician-slash-fashion-and-beauty mogul’s honor.

Rihanna grew up on Westbury, a street in the Barbadian capital of Bridgetown, so it’s a fitting homage to Barbados’s most famous export. She relocated from Barbados to New York after signing with Def Jam in 2005, though she maintains a $22 million, five-bedroom condo in the luxury complex One Sandy Lane.

The house where Rihanna grew up in Barbados.

Throwback: watch below a video of Rihanna and Oprah in Barbados for Oprah’s Next Chapter show.


Rihanna attended the opening of Rihanna Drive in Barbados (Photos)




“Welcome to Rihanna Drive… My home. My whole life was shaped on this very road.”

Rihanna was in Barbados on Thursday, November 30, as she was honored with her own street. The news that Rih would have a street named after her in the town of St. Michael was first announced in October. The official unveiling of Rihanna Drive coincided with Barbados’s Independence Day.

A plaque featuring a message from Rihanna appears on the road, formerly known as Westbury New Road. The plaque includes her statement that “My whole life was shaped on this very road.”

Rihanna wore a bright yellow dress for the occasion, a look only dampened by the torrential rain that hit St. Michael on the day. At one point in the proceedings she gave a speech in which she noted the importance of following your dreams: “I guarantee you the only thing that got me here was believing in my dream.”

Check out some HQ pictures from the event below.


Watch the entire ceremony (from the 2h mark in the video):

‪💛💛💛 Loving Rihanna’s look at #RihannaDrive! 💛💛💛‬

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a day my people and I will never forget! all the lessons, running around barefoot, nosey neighbors, braiding hair on the step, playing in the cemetery, walking to the beach, rum shop karaoke keeping the whole street awake til 4am ("only the lonely" by Roy Orbison is playing in my head as I type this) , stealing Sammy pomegranates from his tree, begging my mother to let me walk to Jan's shop cause she had American snacks, selling plastic/glass bottles to Peter so I could buy those American snacks, getting my hair hot combed for Harvest at church, doing my homework on my front step while Miss Hyacinth yells "ya gon get belly hurt from dat cold step" across from her veranda, watching iFE walk past with her dreads dragging on the floor like a couture gown, all the times I thought Melissa came to hang out with me, turns out she was dating my next door neighbor all along, rushing to do dishes when my mother's high heels start hitting the pavement as she gets off the bus from work……right here on this street! WESTBURY is more than a community, we're family!!! Thank you for all that you've poured into my life and the woman I am! It takes a village, and I'm glad my village was you!!!! To God be the Glory!!!! #RiRiDrive

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on any block.

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And in case you were wondering what was she wearing…



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