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Tallahassee mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum is under a highly-scrutinized national microscope this midterm cycle, and Rihanna has taken notice.
The singer, entrepreneur and activist endorsed Gillum's candidacy in an Instagram post Sunday, urging her Floridian fans to make history during this year's midterm elections. "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!" she said.
By tapping into a commonly held sentiment, Rihanna reminded readers that the country's political future is in our hands, and supporting Gillum would ensure that issues such as universal healthcare are defended. "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," she wrote.
Rihanna also advised her followers to vote yes on Amendment 4, which would restore voting rights to 1.4 million previously incarcerated men and women. "VOTE YES on Amendment 4 to restore voting rights to folks who have already paid their debt to society. VOTE on November 6th!"
The singer hasn't shied away from voicing her political opinions in the past. Rihanna reportedly turned down an offer to headline the Super Bowl LIII halftime show in solidarity of Colin Kaepernick.