Rihanna will be on campus to accept her award on February 28th at Harvard's Sanders Theatre. And by demonstrating that you can enjoy a puff and still achieve great success - including 8 Grammy awards and numerous multi-platinum albums on top of the Harvard Humanitarian award -Rihanna challenges the lingering stigmas and stoner stereotypes associated with cannabis use.
The singer also created the Clara and Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program - named for her grandparents - for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries.
The announcement places Rihanna among some of the diamonds of philanthropy and activism, including Nobel Peace Prize Committee chairman Thorbjørn Jagland, tennis player and civil rights activist Arthur Ashe, and several Secretaries General of the United Nations.
The Work singer is an ambassador for charities Global Citizen and the Global Partnership for Education and recently traveled to Africa on behalf of her Clara Lionel Foundation. She joins the ranks of honorees like James Earl Jones, Sharon Stone and activist Malala Yousafzai. Rihanna, the self-proclaimed Bad Gal and BAZAAR's March cover star, is receiving well-deserved applause for her philanthropic work, which ranges from breast cancer research to promoting education. It's free to attend, but will be restricted to Harvard students with a valid ID (and presumably iron-willed determination to withstand frantic Rihanna fans).