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Rihanna Brings Scholarships and Bikes to Malawian Girls

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Less than a week after meeting French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss educational matters, Rihanna has launched a five-year educational partnership with the world’s leading bike-sharing program Ofo.

Set up through her Clara Lionel Foundation, the eight-time Grammy winner-led “1 KM Action” will help fund CLF’s Global Scholarship Program and support dynamic educational programs in Malawi. In addition, some students have already received bikes to help young girls get to school safely, “cutting down those very long walks they make to and from school all alone,” Rihanna said. Some teachers have also been given bicycles to get to class on time.

After graduating from college and before starting Ofo and becoming its chief executive officer, Dai Wei volunteered for a year as a teacher in one of China’s more impoverished regions. “We believe in unlocking every corner in the world with equal access to education as well as with our bike-sharing scheme,” he said.

The pairing with the Clara Lionel Foundation comes at a time when the station-free Ofo is in the process of trying to raise $1 billion. Last month Alibaba helped the three-year-old bike-sharing start-up raise $700 million. The 29-year-old Barbadian does not have a deal with Ofo though, according to a spokeswoman for CLF, which was started in 2012 and named for the “Kiss It Better” singer’s grandparents Clara and Lionel Braithwaite.

Earlier this year Rihanna, a global ambassador for the Global Partnership for Education, visited Malawi where only eight percent of the 4.6 million students in primary school go on to a secondary one. Ofo is also helping CLF to offer scholarships to students from China, Brazil, Barbados, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana and Jamaica who are accepted to colleges or universities in the U.S. The company is particularly interested in students focused on the environment and sustainability.

From China’s Mobike venturing into London to ArrivaBike delving into Slovakia, bike-sharing has been grabbing all sorts of headlines. In New York, Citibike had record-breaking usage one day last week when nearly 70,300 trips were taken. While Alexander Wang has added cyclingwear to the second season of his Adidas collaboration and Lorenzo Martone is launching his own cycling-friendly line this fall (to accentuate his high-end bikes and collapsible helmets), Rihanna was onto the trend as a fashion statement long ago. Steven Klein shot the musician standing with a bicycle for Italian Vogue in 2009.

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Rihanna’s Fourth Diamond Ball to Be Held in NYC

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We are just two months away from this year’s Diamond Ball on September 13! Here‘s a look back at last year to start off our countdown:

The third Diamond Ball raised over $5 million to support CLF’s global education, health and emergency response programs around the world. The evening featured high-energy performances by Grammy Award-winning recording artists Kendrick Lamar and Calvin Harris.

“I am thrilled to bring the Diamond Ball to New York City and bring everyone closer to the mission, the partnerships, the programs and the people at the heart of it all,” said Rihanna at the 2017 Diamond Ball. “Together, we are funding groundbreaking and effective global education, health and emergency response programs. We are investing in the future and helping to improve the quality of life for young people and their families around the globe.”

Read more about Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation.

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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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