Rihanna Accepts Humanitarian of the Year Award


International pop star Rihanna is known to effortlessly “shine bright like a diamond,” and that is exactly what she did while accepting the Humanitarian of the Year award at Harvard University. The Barbadian icon frequently stirs headlines for her eclectic fashion sense or rumored romances, but it is her good deeds that are currently being acknowledged.
Rihanna made her mark at the age of 18 with the BELIEVE Foundation, which catered to various critically ill children. From that point on she served as the ambassador for the UNICEF Tap Project, which raises money for clean drinking water. Also, she was the ambassador for the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, which helps children get an education in over 60 developing countries. Cut to 2012 when she established the Clara Lionel Foundation, named after her grandparents. Through the charity, she purchased radiotherapy equipment for the oncology unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados.
Recently, last year in 2016, she launched a global scholarship program for residents of Barbados, Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Guyana, Jamaica, and the United States. Rihanna has successfully used her wealth, influence, and platform to advocate for access to health care and education, as well as women’s rights. She mentions that she was “incredibly humbled” to be named Humanitarian of the Year. It is clear to say that our Bad gal RiRi has some good in her after all.
-Pashan Adkins


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