Rihanna, who was named Humanitarian of the Year at Harvard University on Tuesday, isn't a newcomer to the world of doing good.
The superstar was recognized for her Clara Lionel Foundation scholarship program for students from the Caribbean and for building a state-of-the-art center to diagnose and treat breast cancer in Barbados.
She told the assembled crowd, “When I was 5 or 6 years old, I remember watching TV and I would see these commercials and I was watching other children suffer in other parts of the world. The commercials where you could give 25 cents and save a child’s life? I would think to myself … I wonder how many 25 cents I could save up to save all of the kids in Africa, and I would say to myself, ‘When I grow up and get rich, I’m going to save kids all over the world.’ I just didn’t know I’d be in the position to do that when I was a teenager.” (New York Post)