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Pop superstar Rihanna wanted to perform a free show in the city of Baltimore after the Freddie Gray riots but the police nixed the plan.

According to the Baltimore Sun, emails released on Monday show that singer wanted to walk with protestors and perform a free concert. The emails were between a representative for Rihanna and Capt. Eric Kowalczyk, the then head of media relations for Baltimore police. The emails were then forwarded to then police commissioner Anthony Batts and Kevin Harris, the spokesman for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Read more of the details here.

In the end, the police claimed they did not have a permit for the show and it wasn’t allowed.

This is disappointing news. This would’ve been something great for the city of Baltimore. Even though she couldn’t perform the show, Rihanna still could’ve walked with the people of Baltimore like Carmelo Anthony.

There was one performer the powers that be in Baltimore couldn’t hold back and that was The Purple One. Prince performed a free show  in Baltimore at the Royal Farms Arena on May 10th that was live streamed on Tidal.


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