RiRi may not be promoting an album in 2018 — her long-gestating eighth LP, ANTI, dropped back in 2016 — but that hasn’t stopped her from setting new musical records. This week, on International Women’s Day, the 30-year-old became the first female artist to ever surpass two billion streams on Apple Music.
Upon finding out the news, Rihanna shared her reaction on Instagram with a video of a group of girls joyfully dancing. Talk about #blackgirlmagic.
Most notably, though, Rihanna has emerged in recent years as one of the music world’s most outspoken and convincing activists, her attention spread across large swaths of global concerns. Fenty has been applauded for its inclusive approach to skin tone by offering 40 shades for users to pick from — unheard of in the commercial market. She also funded an oncology and nuclear medicine center in her native Barbados to help combat breast cancer and she founded the Clara Lionel Foundation, which works to send youth from the Caribbean to college in the United States via a scholarship program. And if you visit her Twitter feed, you’ll quickly grasp how invested she is in her work with the Global Partnership for Education, which works to improve education in impoverished countries.
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