In 2009 Rihanna told us that her reign just won't let up. Fast forward 8 years later and you'll see that she told no lies. Next week, she'll be debuting another PUMA collection at Paris Fashion Week, a brand that the CEO credited her for saving. And just yesterday Rihanna’s “Love On The Brain” served as her thirtieth top 10 hit, which is a threshold that only Madonna and The Beatles have with the Barbadian pop singer becoming the third.
Now she's crossing over and being recognized for her philanthropy.
Rihanna has been named Humanitarian of the Year by Harvard University. The singer/fashionista/actress will attend a ceremony at the Cambridge, MA school on February 28 to receive the award.
The University notes that she’s being given the award for her charitable work for women’s health and for young girls’ education, The Harvard Gazette reports. “Rihanna has charitably built a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados,” Dr. S. Allen Counter, director of the Harvard Foundation says.
He continues: “She has also created the Clara Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program (named for her grandmother and grandfather) for students attending college in the US from Caribbean countries, and supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, a multi-year campaign which will provide children with access to education in over 60 developing countries, giving priority to girls, and those affected by lack of access to education in the world today.
“In 2014, Rihanna became the Global Partnership for Education Global Ambassador. It is for these philanthropic initiatives and other acts of compassionate sharing that the students and faculty of the Harvard Foundation chose to honor Rihanna with the 2017 Humanitarian of the Year Award.”
This week has been an amazing one for Rihanna.