Barbados-born singer Rihanna, who celebrated her 29th birthday earlier this week, reached two huge career milestones this week. On Wednesday, she became the third pop icon -- along with Madonna and the Beatles -- to put 30 of her songs in the top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100 chart. And on Thursday, Harvard University named her "Humanitarian of the Year," a philanthropic title previously awarded to peace activist Malala Yousafzai and four U.N. secretaries general.
Rihanna is now joining the list among Malala Yousafzai, Aung San Suu Kyi, Ban Ki-moon and MLK Sr in receiving the Harvard Humanitarian Award pic.twitter.com/bVxgzOnDXP— 🍒 (@reblrihanna) February 22, 2017
“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,” said S. Allen Counter, the Harvard Foundation’s director.
In 2012, according to the university, Rihanna established a nonprofit called the Clara Lionel Foundational Global Scholarship Program for students from Caribbean countries attending colleges in the U.S.
She also supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, which provides children in more than 60 developing countries with greater access to education.
The award will be presented to her on Feb. 28 at 4 p.m.
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