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Rihanna celebrated her 29th birthday during Black History Month and she has continuously been breaking down barriers. She continues to reach new levels of success with every accomplishment from her Fenty x Puma line ,and her upscale fall collection with Manolo Blahnik, as well as launching her newest perfume Kiss. We can’t forget her music  breaking records. After tying records with Michael Jackson for having 29 top ten hits, Rihanna has recently surpassed that courtesy of her song “Love on the Brain,”  her 30th top 10 hit on Billboard’s Hot 100.

While she continues to to dominate the game and continue to surpass legends, she was also named Harvard’s University 2017 Humanitarian of the Year. Even though she did not  take home the big Grammy award, Ivy leagues notice the charitable work Rihanna has accomplished thus far. The University stated:

In 2012, she founded the nonprofit the Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program [named for her grandparents] for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries, and supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, which provides children with access to education in over 60 developing countries, giving priority to girls, and those affected by lack of access to education in the world today. “

S.Allen Counter, the Harvard Foundation’s Director, shared more information on Rihanna accomplishments that was under noticed.

“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.” 

The singer, actress, and entrepreneur seems to still amaze us. While she continues to work on her upcoming appearances with the season finale Bates Motel & highly anticipated Ocean 8, Rihanna will be in Boston, Tuesday February 28th to accept the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian award. That’s how you rock Black History Month! Congratulations Rihanna!

Written By: Ashley Nicole

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