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Rihanna Meets With President Macron to Support Global Partnership for Education

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Rihanna met today (July 26) with France’s President Emmanuel Macron and first lady to discuss the critical issue of replenishment of a global education fund.

President Macron met with Rihanna and Global Citizen founder and CEO Hugh Evans. Rihanna was appointed the global ambassador for Global Partnership for Education (GPE) in 2016.

Also in the meeting were French first lady Brigitte Macron, Jay Brown, co-founder and CEO of Roc Nation and Justine Lucas, Executive Director of Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation.

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Rihanna told reporters that she had “just had the most incredible meeting with the president of France and First Lady.”

“They were incredibly welcoming, we focused on the topic of education from global aspects,” she said, adding that a “big announcement” will be made in September, followed by “even more work in Africa in October.”

“I was so inspired and impressed with his leadership. I can’t wait to see where this is going to go, but I think this is the year for education,” gushed Rihanna. “Stay tuned.”

Currently, 264 million children are out of school around the world, per latest figures from UNESCO. GPE is seeking to raise $2 billion (USD) in annual funding by 2020 to ensure quality and equitable education for all.

The meeting came about after Rihanna tweeted at Macron in June, asking if he would support education efforts. Earlier this week, his public schedule revealed he’d be meeting with the Grammy-winning artist.

This isn’t the first time Rihanna has used Twitter to convince world leaders to support GPE. Last year, she tweeted at Macron’s predecessor, President Francois Hollande. That effort led to a $2 million (USD) commitment by France to Education Cannot Wait.

The singer/songwriter visited Malawi earlier this year with Evans and GPE Board Chair Julia Gillard to see first-hand the challenges facing countries with few resources for education.

“I’m really here to see it,” Rihanna said at the time. “It’s one thing to read statistics, but I want to see it firsthand, and find out all that can be done and where to start first.”

Global Citizen campaigns and the advocacy efforts championed by Rihanna are critical to the Global Partnership for Education’s efforts to tackle these challenges.

Rihanna headlined the Global Citizen Festival in New York City last year, performing in Central Park in front of 60,000 global citizens, who all took actions to earn a pair of tickets.

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Rihanna’s Diamond Ball raises over $5 million

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At a Rihanna charity event, she will encourage you to drink heavily – so that you donate generously.

The pop star played the role of slick bartender at her third Diamond Ball on Thursday night in New York City.

“The more you drink, the more inspired you’ll be to donate money … and help kids around the world,” said Rihanna, the founder of the Clara Lionel Foundation, which promotes education and arts globally.

The benefit raised more than $5 million.

Dave Chappelle worked as Rihanna’s right-hand man. He first told jokes and later joined the auctioneer onstage, even purchasing a Retna art piece for $180,000.

When selling two tickets to the Obama Foundation Fall Summit in Chicago, Chappelle said he would throw in his pocket square. It jumped from $200,000 to $201,000.

It eventually sold for $275,000.

Jay-Z, Beyonce, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx and Trevor Noah were some of the A-listers who attended the black-tie event, which included a video message from former President Barack Obama. He thanked Rihanna “for the great work” she’s doing with her foundation.

“You’ve become a powerful force,” Obama said, in helping people find “hope” and “dignity.”

Rihanna launched the foundation in 2012 and named it after her grandparents Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. The organization has a scholarship program and an oncology and nuclear medicine center in Barbados, where Rihanna was born and raised.

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3rd Annual Diamond Ball in New York

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On Thursday, Rihanna showed up in a classically beautiful black gown to her third annual Diamond Ball charity event. Within the past week the icon has debuted her brand new beauty line Fenty Beauty, held a BMX fashion show, and dropped a pair of special edition Creepers to benefit her charity the Clara Lionel Foundation.

    

Her Diamond Ball is also a benefit to raise money for the Clara Lionel Foundation. The foundation created in 2012 supports education, health, and emergency initiatives around the globe, and helps students from Caribbean countries attend college in the U.S. Last month, Rihanna met with French president Emmanuel Macron to discuss global education initiatives, and earlier this year Harvard named her Humanitarian of the Year.

Just like Crop Over, the Diamond Ball has become a consistent source of some of Rihanna’s most iconic looks.

Held at Cipriani Wall Street the annual bash was a star-studded affair.

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Obama thanking Rihanna during Diamond Ball. (Sorry for bad quality)

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Clara Lionel Foundation online auction and merch now live

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Check out the new t-shirts and sweaters in the official Clara Lionel Foundation merch and all of the amazing items in the Diamond Ball Online Auction to benefit CLF!

“The lack of access to education for children around the world is a massive problem, but that doesn’t mean we should just throw up our hands in despair and surrender.” — Rihanna

The Clara Lionel Foundation supports people across the globe through investment in innovative local projects and advocacy.

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