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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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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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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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Rihanna Is Dropping Special Edition Creepers Next Week

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Not only is Rihanna debuting her brand new beauty line Fenty Beauty today, but she’s also dropping a special edition Creeper next week. The all white Pumas with a black heart will be available for purchase on September 14, the same day as Rihanna’s Diamond Ball.

A portion of the sales from the shoes will go to Rihanna’s charity, 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.

In 2016, Rihanna’s Puma Creeper was named “Shoe of the Year,” and has seen many alterations since its first line of color ways released in 2015. Rihanna also announced that her launch of Fenty Beauty will be live-streamed Thursday at 7:15 p.m. ET.

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