Rihanna takes on new role in Malawi

Rihanna is changing the world, not just in her music but in everything she does.

According to TIME, the singer visited Malawi in January to “learn about the educational challenges facing students there,” even “teaching math, reading with kids, and leading chants on the playground.”

Through Global Citizen, its Global Partnership for Education and her Clara Lionel Foundation, TIME says Rihanna is on board to help improve “access to education for some of the world’s poorest students.” Her trip came as an attempt to sway world leaders to pledge $3.1 billion to the Global Partnership for Education, reports TIME, which helps to improve the quality of schools in 89 countries.

In a video released highlighting her trip, TIME says Rihanna discussed the impact of minimal resources on students.

“It’s such a pity that they have to drop out, because they are so smart,” she said. “Everybody’s learning together, and learning at the same pace it seems. It’s sad that has to end for some of them, because they could probably do so much if they had the resources to continue and complete.”

Here’s hoping the efforts of Rihanna and others will help give students the supplies and opportunities they need to thrive.

 

Dior T-shirts to benefit Rihanna’s charity

If spending anything over $20 on a T-shirt sounds outrageous, you may want to reconsider.

According to The Cut, Dior is selling a T-shirt with “We should all be feminists” inscribed across the front, and a portion of the proceeds from its sales will benefit the Clara Lionel Foundation, an organization created by Rihanna that helps support “innovative and effective education and health programs around the world.”

The shirt, which is available for $710 only at Dior boutiques, comes after The Cut says Maria Grazia Chiuri made a statement at her first Dior fashion show as the brand’s artistic director, sending models down the runway in the shirt, which echoes the words of globally-known feminist author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

A for Rihanna’s role in the venture, The Cut reports that Rihanna partnered with Dior in order to show  that “philanthropic pursuits is a positive way for fashion to effect change and benefit women around the world.”

Rihanna receives Humanitarian of the Year award

Make no mistake: Rihanna isn’t just a talented singer and fashion icon. She is also a major philanthropist, and now, Harvard University just made if official.

According to Glamour, the “Love on the Brain” singer stopped by the prestigious university in Cambridge, Mass. to receive the 2017 Humanitarian of the Year award on Tuesday, Feb. 28. In her acceptance speech, Glamour reports that Rihanna shared that she knew as a young child in Barbados that she wanted nothing more than to help others.

“I would say to myself, ‘You know, when I grow up, when I can get rich, [I’m going to] save kids all over the world,'” she said.

And she is certainly making a valiant effort: Glamour says she started her first charity, the Believe Foundation, at the age of 18 after striking success in the music industry, and from there, she went on to start the Clara Lionel Foundation, an organization named after her grandparents that supports and helps to fund “innovative and effective education and health programs around the world.”

Her speech also encouraged others to do what they can to make a difference around the world. Here are some of the highlights from Glamour’s reprinting of the speech:

I know that each and every one of you has the opportunity to help someone else. All you need to do is help one person, expecting nothing in return. To me, that is a humanitarian.”

You don’t have to be rich to help somebody. You don’t gotta be famous. You don’t even have to be college-educated.”

“And today I want to challenge each of you to make a commitment to help one person: one organization, one situation that touches your heart. My grandmother always used to say, “If you’ve got a dollar, there’s plenty to share.”

Read Rihanna’s speech in its entirety here.

Rihanna announces CLF global scholarship program

While Rihanna’s latest hit may be called “Work,” students who want the singer to contribute to their college tuition will have to do just that.

According to ELLE, Rihanna announced the launch of the Global Scholarship Program that is part of her Clara Lionel Foundation on Monday, May 9. The scholarship is open to both citizens and natives of “Brazil, Barbados, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana or Jamaica” who are “planning to go to college in the U.S.,” reports ELLE.

With the aim of helping students to pay their college tuition, scholarship awards will range in size, starting from $5,000 and peaking at $50,000. What’s more — ELLE says the scholarships can be renewed for up to three years.

The Clara Lionel Foundation specifies that “scholarship finalists are selected on the basis of academic performance, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, a statement of educational goals and objectives, unusual personal or family circumstances and an outside appraisal.”

However, ELLE points out that financial need is not considered.

To apply for this year’s scholarship, applications are to be submitted here by June 10.