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Rihanna Was Reportedly Blocked by Baltimore Police From Playing a Free Concert for Freddie Gray

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In the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death at the hands of six Baltimore police officers in April, the city experienced continuous protests. Many celebrities showed their support on social media, but few showed up in person. According to Baltimore police emails released on Monday, one of music’s biggest stars had planned to do more than just make an appearance: Rihanna wanted to hold a free concert for the city of Baltimore and walk with protesters, reports the Baltimore Sun. Emails (dated May 1) between her representative and the Baltimore police reveal that Rihanna attempted to get extra police security, at the request of the governor’s office, but separate emails between the former police commissioner and a spokesperson for the city’s mayor suggest that her request was denied because “police are claiming they have no permit so it will not be allowed.” In early May, Prince — another Tidal-affiliated artist performed a benefit show in Baltimore. His “Rally 4 Peace” concert was livestreamed on Tidal. Rihanna’s representative included in the emails did not respond to a request for comment from the Sun.

Rihanna Tried to Play a Free Baltimore Concert