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MAJOR KEYS: Rihanna Is Harvard University's 2017 Humanitarian Of The Year + Naomie Harris Nabs OBE Medal From Queen Elizabeth II

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Rihanna and Naomie Harris are big achievers! Get the details on Rih's Harvard University honor and Namoie's OBE medal from Queen Elizabeth II inside....

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Rihanna stays winning. 

Harvard University just selected the Bajan beauty as the recipient of their prestigious Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award for her work supporting education and health care in Caribbean and developing countries. The “Work” singer will accept the award on the university's campus next Tuesday, February 28th.

“Rihanna has charitably built a state-of- the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados,” said S. Allen Counter, the Harvard Foundation’s director.

He continued, “She has also created the Clara and Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program [named for her grandmother and grandfather] for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries, and supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, a multiyear campaign that will provide children with access to education in over 60 developing countries, giving priority to girls and those affected by lack of access to education in the world today.”

Rih is all about her philanthropic work through her successful Clara Lionel Foundation, and we love it. Congrats!

Another YBF chick getting her flowers…

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British beauty Naomie Harris got the award of a lifetime. The 40-year-old actress was made an OBE in London today, just days before she attends the 89th Academy Awards ceremony.

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Queen Elizabeth II honored the Moonlight actress, who’s nominated for an Oscar for her role in the film, with the OBE medal at Buckingham Palace for her services in drama.

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Crown her!

Looking classy and elegant in a Mary Katrantzou dress, the James Bond actress told the AP, “'I'm not going to forget this week. This is really phenomenal. This is representing my country and being recognized for having made a contribution to the nation. It can’t get better than that.”

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She continued, “I credit so much to Danny Boyle. He really gave me a chance when nobody else would at the start of my career when I had no credits to my name. Then later on he gave me a part in Frankenstein at the National after having left drama school ten years before and not having done any theatre. He took a chance again and that’s how Bond happened.”

When asked about her meeting with the Queen, she said, “I was impressed by how youthful she looked. She looked incredibly young and really healthy – and she has good skin.”

As for whether she thinks she will nab the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award, she said, "I don't think I have a chance of winning at all."

Oh Naomie, we beg to differ!

 

EXTRAS:

1. The iHeartRadio Music Awards will honor Bruno Mars with its most prestigious award of the evening, the 2017 iHeartRadio Innovator Award. The iHeartRadio Music Awards will go down live on Sunday, March 5th on TBS, TNT and truTV at 8pm EST inside The Forum in L.A.

Photos: Getty/INSTARimages

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