Rihanna is the Humanitarian Pop Star We Never Knew We Needed
A lot of things immediately come to mind when we think of Rihanna: pop princess, fashion maven, hilarious Instagrammer, and turnt up Grammy audience member. Well, now we have one more amazing attribute to add to the long list of reasons why we love the artist, and it could be the best reason yet.
Rihanna is quite the do-gooder and will be honored by Harvard for the incredible work she does. She is the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year. She will receive the Harvard Foundation’s Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award at a ceremony scheduled for Feb. 28.
Rihanna is in prestigious company. The Grammy award-winning artist will be joining the likes of actor James Earl Jones, activist Malala Yousafzai and four U.N. secretaries general.
So what is the work she does? We weren’t quite sure ourselves so don’t be bashful if you don’t know either.
[Rihanna] built a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer in her home nation of Barbados. She created the Clara and Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program — named for her grandparents — for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries. She also supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project to provide children with access to education in more than 60 developing countries.
We also can’t forget about when she met up with Prince Harry on World AIDS Day. The pair took an HIV test together raising visibility for this important health practice.
Probably the fiercest thing about the work she does is that for the most part it’s kept out of headlines. Like her approach to most things, Rihanna is chill-as-fuck when it comes to helping people; letting her work speak for itself. Harvard obviously noticed, and we’re happy they are honoring her good deeds with the prestigious accolade.
Maybe Bad Gal Riri isn’t such a “bad” gal after all.