Just a day after passing Michael Jackson and becoming the third act with the
most Top 10 Songs on the Billboard Hot 100, Rihanna has just reached another
great milestone in her career.
This Wednesday, the 29 year old singer was named the Humanitarian of the Year
by Harvard University. She will be picking up the award at the Sanders Theater
on February 28.
Rihanna is well known for her charity work. In 2012 she founded the Clara Lionel
Foundation to help disadvantaged communities around the world. This January
she also traveled to Malawi in order to discuss education efforts in East Africa.
Professor S. Allen Counter, a neuroscientist and also the director of the Harvard
Foundation, praised the “Love on the Brain” singer during the announcement on
Wednesday. He didn’t forget to mention her philanthropic actions and her most
“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”, he told.
Professor Counter also acknowledged the Cara Lionel Foundation and how it has
provided scholarships for students the Caribbean countries to attend college in
US. A campaign from the foundation has also managed to provide access to
education to children in over 60 developing countries.
Rihanna is officially the first femal artist to receive the award, and some past
recipients have been Lionel Richie, Malala Yousafzai etc.