This year's Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award from Harvard University will go to none other than Rihanna, whose activism and philanthropy this year have truly been above and beyond.
“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,” explained Harvard Foundation Director S. Allen Counter in The Harvard Gazette.
He continued: “She has also created the Clara and Lionel Foundation 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, a multiyear campaign that will provide 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.”
In addition to the various foundations she has founded and supported, Rihanna actively helps countries in need through her travels—here's a photo of her trip to Malawi as a Global Citizen Ambassador:
While she certainly didn't get the Grammy love she deserved, this recognition, plus the news of her record-breaking 30th top ten single on the Billboard charts, ought to be turning her February around.