Rihanna receives Harvard Humanitarian of the Year award

As one of the world’s most famous female singers of today, Rihanna’s contribution to the world has been plenty impactful in itself. But something fans may forget is how philanthropic the Love on the Brain singer is as well.

Because of Rihanna’s work in her native island of Barbados and the charities she has founded over the years, the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations honoured her with the 2017 Harvard Humanitarian of the Year award. In a ceremony held Tuesday, Rihanna thanked the university for the honour and delivered an inspiring speech –– but, of course, had to start off with a little pat on the back for her achievement.

“So I made it to Harvard,” Rihanna began as she jokingly flipped her hair. “Never thought I’d be able to say that in my life, but it feels good.”

As she continued, Rihanna explained that she has had a passion for helping people since she was a young girl watching commercials about how a quarter could help save a child’s life. “I would think to myself, ‘I wonder how many 25 cents I could save up to save all the kids in Africa.’ And I would say to myself, ‘When I grow up and I get rich, I’m gonna save kids all over the world.’ I just didn’t know I would be in a position to do that by the time I was a teenager,” she laughed.

After touching on all of the organizations she has since started and helped with, Rihanna encouraged the students at the ceremony and everyone listening to join her in her selfless contributions.

“All you need to do is help one person, expecting nothing in return. To me, that is a humanitarian.” She added, “What that little girl watching those commercials didn’t know is that you don’t have to be rich to be a humanitarian, you don’t have to be rich to help somebody. You don’t have to be famous, you don’t even have to be college educated. But it starts with your neighbour . . . you just do whatever you can to help in any way that you can.”

Source: (Billboard)

13 Responses to Rihanna receives Harvard Humanitarian of the Year award

  1. Santini More
    Santini More February 28, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Wow! I am so pleased that Rihanna is being acknowledged for her work outside of her normal super-successful entertainment sphere. She is a multi-faceted woman.

  2. Dorothy Dinelle
    Dorothy Dinelle February 28, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    She is beautiful

  3. Earl Crichlow
    Earl Crichlow February 28, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Congrats RiRi…

  4. Marilyn Lorimer
    Marilyn Lorimer February 28, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Congratulations! Keep striving!

  5. Asha Skeete
    Asha Skeete February 28, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    What had me ….is why this wasn’t headline news on CBC news tonight ???? Where is the accolades and acknowledgement from her own ? Continued blessings and love to Rihanna.

  6. Sherry Kirton
    Sherry Kirton February 28, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Well said congratulations keep making us proud

  7. Janel Howell
    Janel Howell February 28, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    Congratulations. I am awaiting the next award

  8. Jerome Serrao
    Jerome Serrao February 28, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Congratulations, Robin!

  9. Sonia Owens
    Sonia Owens February 28, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Congrats Riri

  10. Yvonne Scott March 1, 2017 at 7:47 am

    This is great … for Rihanna and for Barbados. Congrats to this Caribbean (Barbadian) star. Hope you don’t mind me saying it, but I believe she also has some roots in Guyana. (Laugh).

  11. Timothy Walker March 1, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Barbados a come from

  12. Tony Waterman March 1, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Rihanna receives Harvard Humanitarian of the Year award

    So we press with eager feet
    Up and on, up and on.
    Ever upward to the fight
    Ever upward to the light
    Ever true to God and Right
    Up and on, up and on.

    University of Waterford.

    Thank you, we LOVE YOU.

  13. Cynthia Straker(UK ) March 2, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Well done Rihanna, keep up the good work, God will bless your efforts, many people will benefit from your contributions and service to the world


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