Humanitarian of the Year: Rihanna

At least according to Harvard
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2017 10:41 AM CST
Humanitarian of the Year: Rihanna
Rihanna arrives at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Rihanna is more than just a musician: She's Harvard University's Humanitarian of the Year for 2017. In announcing the honor, the university noted Rihanna's charitable projects, including a breast cancer screening and treatment center she helped build in Barbados and a scholarship program she created for students from Caribbean countries who are attending US colleges. She also supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, which works to give kids in developing countries access to education, and she recently took an HIV test in Barbados on World AIDS Day in an effort to raise awareness. She will travel to Harvard on Tuesday to accept the award, USA Today reports. (More Rihanna stories.)

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