Rihanna “made it to Harvard”

Lainey Posted by Lainey at March 1, 2017 18:33:10 March 1, 2017 18:33:10

Rihanna received the Harvard Humanitarian of the Year award yesterday. In her words, “So… I made it to Harvard”. But it looks better than it reads. So see it for yourself:

I f-cking love her.

Rihanna talked about her philanthropic efforts. And she told the audience that she was “incredibly humbled” and that her charitable focus started when she was a young girl growing up in Barbados

“I would say to myself, when I grow up and I can get rich, I’m going to save kids all over the world. I just didn’t know I would be in the position to do that by the time I was a teenager. People make it seem way too hard, man. The truth is, and what that little girl watching those commercials didn’t know, is that you don’t have to be rich to be a humanitarian. You don’t have to be rich to help somebody. You don’t gotta be famous. You don’t even have to be college-educated … I mean I wish I was … especially today … I might come back.”

The full video of Rihanna’s remarks are below. She’s an excellent public speaker. Even though she’s reading from a prewritten speech, she delivers the words so naturally, with all of her personality, with all of her charm.

In other Rihanna news, I read a great article at Bon Appetit related to Rihanna yesterday – about her personal chef, Debbie Solomon. I’ve written before about how Beyonce has, without a lot of credit or fanfare, made a point of supporting the black creative class, from songwriters to visual artists. Rihanna has done the same.

Debbie is from Jamaica. She received a call one day, about an anonymous client, for some curried chicken. Then it was lamb shank. And then carbonara. It was only after that that she found out it was Rihanna who she was cooking for and then she became Rihanna’s personal chef.

How does Rihanna eat?

Well, obviously, rich. Not like cash money but flavor. Apparently she’s a “moody eater”. So you can't plan in advance because she won’t know what she wants to eat until she knows what she wants to eat. I appreciate this. Like if I had a personal chef, I wouldn’t want to confirm if I wanted risotto three days from now when in five minutes I might be like, I need Singapore fried noodles. Which is what would be heavy on my menu: Asian food. I can’t go a few days without Asian food. And it sounds like Rihanna can’t go anymore without her spices because Debbie travels with a case of spices to make sure Rihanna’s food is perfectly seasoned. Visit Bon Appetit to learn more about Debbie Solomon.

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