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Rihanna shares a video from her trip to Malawi

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Rihanna has jumped right into her role as Global Ambassador for the Global Partnership for Education.

The singer and artist traveled with GPE in January on an educational trip to Malawi, where she visited schools to meet students, teachers, government officials, and mentors to better understand the issues and challenges surrounding education.

Rihanna traveled with former Australian Prime Minister and GPE Chairperson Julia Gillard and Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans.

The trio visited the Muzu Primary School on the outskirts of Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe, and the Lilongwe Girls Secondary School, where they went to math and biology classes. They also watched a student debate on arranged marriage.

Rihanna met with education experts, talked with children, and lead them through singing and learning exercises.

Half of the Malawi population lives below the poverty line and the average income is around 90 cents a day.
Classrooms sometimes have as many as 100 students with just one teacher. It’s harder for students to succeed in classes that big and they are at greater risk of dropping out.

Another challenge is food — many students come to school without having eaten yet, and meals aren’t provided at school.

Rihanna became an ambassador for GPE in September 2016 after hearing the stunning statistics around refugees — there are 17 million school-aged children who are refugees or displaced due to conflict. Globally, there are 75 million children age 3 to 18 who live in countries facing war and violence, where education is threatened, according to GPE.

This isn’t Rihanna’s first act of education advocacy. She founded the Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012 — named after her grandparents — as a way to give back to the world.
The Clara Lionel Foundation’s mission is to improve education, health, arts and culture in communities around the world.

Currently, the foundation provides micro grants to schools in Barbados, Rihanna’s home country, where it has also established the Clara Brathwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine. The singer’s foundation also awards scholarships to bright, motivated students from Barbados, Cuba, Haiti, and other countries to attend college in the US.

Rihanna also recently got the president of France to commit more funds to the Education Cannot Wait fund.
Ahead of the 2016 Global Citizen Festival in New York City, which Rihanna headlined, the Barbados native decided to give France’s President Francois Hollande a little nudge when his government was slow to respond to Global Citizens. And of course, it worked. Hollande tweeted back that education was indeed his No. 1 priority and committed $2 million to global education.

Rihanna’s already accomplished a good deal for education — and we can’t wait to see what she does next in this new role.

Take action: https://ri-hanna.io/clfglbl

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Rihanna wins NAACP Image Award

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Rihanna Loyalty

Rihanna and Kendrick Lamar won the NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration” for LOYALTY.

Congratulations to both of them!

This is the first time Rihanna wins a NAACP Image Award, an annual awards ceremony presented by the American National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to honor outstanding people of color in film, television, music, and literature.

Watch LOYALTY. again:

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Demi Lovato plays “Who’d You Rather?” on Ellen and proves her love for Rihanna

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During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday, Demi Lovato engaged in a spirited game of “Who’d You Rather” which revealed that her #1 celebrity crush is Rihanna, followed closely by Kristen Stewart and Niall Horan.

In “Who’d You Rather,” Ellen shows photos of two celebrities and asked the guest who they’d “rather.”  The celeb the guest picks then goes on to be matched up with the next celeb, and so on. Watch:

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Rihanna nominated in 5 categories at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards

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The 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards are set to take place on Sunday, March 11th at the historic Forum in Los Angeles. For the fifth straight year, the ceremony will celebrate the biggest songs and artists heard throughout the last year across radio stations nationwide and the iHeartRadio app … and the nominees are in!

Receiving multiple nominations this year are Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber, DJ Khaled and The Chainsmokers.

Rihanna nominated in 5 categories at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards

  • Female Artist of the Year
  • R&B Artist of the Year
  • Song of the Year (Wild Thoughts)
  • Best Collaboration (Wild Thoughts)
  • Hip-Hop Song of the Year (Wild Thoughts)

The 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards will be simulcast live on TBS, TNT and truTV at 8pm ET/5pm PT on March 11th, as well as on iHeartMedia radio stations across the country and on the iHeartRadio app. The show will feature live performances from today’s superstar performers, once-in-a-lifetime artist collaborations, celebrity guest appearances, and more.

Watch Rihanna at the 2014 show:

Rihanna also performed “Bitch Better Have My Money” at the 2015 show:

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