When news broke of singer Rihanna being named Harvard University’s Humanitarian of the Year, many were shocked.
While the singer and MTV Video Vanguard winner has done a lot musically to enrich our lives, she hasn’t promoted her philanthropy. Truthfully, she’s done a massive amount of good for the world.
“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, said.
“She has also created the Clara Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program (named for her grandmother and grandfather) for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries, and supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, a multiyear campaign which will provide children with access to education in more than 60 developing countries, giving priority to girls, and those affected by lack of access to education in the world today.”
Tuesday at Boston’s Memorial Hall’s Sanders Theatre, Rihanna will be receiving the award (full title: Harvard Foundation’s Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award). While she’s yet to comment on the honor, she’s presumably prepping the release of this summer’s Oceans 8 and her new line of cosmetics this fall.