Rihanna is undoubtedly one of the busiest and most successful artists in the entertainment world. In 2016, she released her Grammy-nominated eighth studio album ANTI, toured the world, and filmed roles for Bates Motel and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which will both premiere this year. She’s also begun filming the highly anticipated female reboot of Ocean’s 8.
Rihanna’s success isn’t just in the studio and on stage, with the multi-talented performer also releasing her Fenty x Puma line and new perfumes in 2016. Oh, did we mention she also gave a ton of money to charity? You go, Bad Gal.
Rihanna’s charitable efforts are now being honoured by Harvard University, which has named the Barbados native their Humanitarian of the Year. Riri will head to the Boston campus of Harvard University on February 28 to accept the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award, which is being presented thanks to Rihanna’s laundry list of philanthropic endeavors.
Rihanna’s Clara and Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program, named in honour of her grandparents, helps children from the Caribbean attend U.S. colleges. The Global Partnership for Education and the Global Citizen Project has also received support from Rihanna, with the singer headlining the 2016 Global Citizen Festival in New York.
The hugely successful pop star doesn’t stop at education when it comes to her charitable work. “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,” said S. Allen Counter, the Harvard Foundation’s director.
In addition to the oncology wing, Rihanna also teamed up with Prince Harry in 2016 to raise awareness for World AIDS Day, with both Riri and Harry getting tested for AIDS to help end the stigma against the disease and raise money for a cure.
Rihanna has not only used her huge platform to promote her various charitable causes, she also has taken on a number of social issues. The singer posted pictures of herself surrounded by signs in January following her attendance at the Women’s March. She also encouraged her Canadian fans to lobby Prime Minister Trudeau to send foreign aid to countries in need.
We don’t know how she finds the time or energy to do so many amazing things, but Rihanna is putting in the work.