RIHANNA NAMED HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR
Written by IrieJam Radio on February 24, 2017
Rihanna is back in the news again this week, after being named Humanitarian of the Year.
On Monday – which was her 29th birthday, Billboard announced that the Bajan pop star has broken Michael Jackson’s records for the most Top 10 Hits, and how sits in 3rd place over all behind The Beatles and Madonna.
Then on Thursday, Harvard University announced that it named Rihanna its 2017 Humanitarian of the Year, in honor of the many humanitarian projects being facilitated via her Clara & Lionel Foundation, named for her grandparents.
Those include opening a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment facility in Barbados, creating a scholarship program for Caribbean-born students attending U.S. colleges, and supporting the Global Partnership for Education in providing access to education for Children in more than 60 developing countries.
Rihanna is also very active in the support of World AIDS Day and HIV testing. Late last year, she publicly took and HIV test along with Prince Harry in Barbados to encourage others to do it, and last month she went to Malawi to meet with students and government officials as part of a campaign to raise awareness.
Past recipients of the Harvard Humanitarian Award include former U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, U.S, tennis champion and civil rights activist Arthur Ashe, and U.S. acting legend James Earl Jones.
Rihanna is the first Black female music artist to receive the award, and will do so at a ceremony held at the Sanders Theatre on Harvard University’s campus, next Tuesday, February 28.