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Rihanna Has Been Named Harvard University's Humanitarian of the Year

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Music goddess, fashion queen, the actual best part of the 2017 Grammys - is there anything Rihanna can't do? It turns out the answer is no - she can also officially add award-winning philanthropist to her resume too.

According to People, Rihanna has been named the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year for her work in her home country Barbados and in Malawi.

"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," S. Allen Counter, the Harvard Foundation's director told the Harvard Gazette.

RiRi also founded the Clara Lionel Foundation, which works to improve health, education, arts and culture around the world, and awards scholarships to students from Caribbean countries studying at U.S. colleges. She's also traveled to Malawi to promote education and is the ambassador for Global Citizen, which provides children in developing countries access to education - so clearly, the award is well-deserved.

 

met the bravest, most humble kids and young women this week! I can't wait to share more! #CLF #GC #GPE

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Rihanna will accept her honor next Tuesday in Boston - and considering it's previously been given to Malala Yousafzai and Arthur Ashe, she'll be in good company.


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