Rihanna was front and center in her hometown of St. Michael, Barbados last week to see Westbury New Road, the street where Rihanna grew up, receive its official new name Rihanna Drive.
The two-hour street-renaming ceremony took place on the country’s independence day (Nov. 30), and the honoree joined Prime Minister Freundel Stuart for the unveiling.
Surrounded by friends and family, the 29-year-old sported a yellow Hellessy shirt-dress from the designer’s spring 2018 ready-to-wear collection and topped off the look with yellow point-toe mules, a mini Jacquemus purse and oversize gold Jennifer Fisher hoop earrings.
View the singer’s Instagram pics and the emotional message about her upbringing below.
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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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