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March 24, 2020

Rihanna Gets Praise from People for Donating $5 Million to Coronavirus Relief Efforts

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Talented singer Rihanna has received widespread plaudits after her foundation donated $5 million to help fight the Coronavirus pandemic.

With the Coronavirus outbreak causing widespread panic and pushing many families to the brink across the globe, Rihanna's foundation has responded by donating a hefty $5 million to help efforts aimed at combating the highly contagious virus.

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In a statement shared on their official Instagram page, The Clara Lionel Foundation announced the donation and stated how the money would be disbursed. The statement which was released on Saturday read in part:

"It doesn't matter who you are or where you're from, this pandemic will affect us all. And for the world's most vulnerable, the worst may be yet to come."

The foundation confirmed that the money would be donated to Feeding America, Partners in Health, Direct Relief, The World Health Organization's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, and the International Rescue Committee, amongst others.

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Amid the Coronavirus outbreak, and people all over the world turning to self-isolation to protect themselves from the virus, some other celebrities have also offered financial support to help fight the COVID-19 virus. 

The stars who have given financial aid include Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Ripa, and Mark Consuelos, Kristen Bell, Justin Bieber, etc. 

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RIHANNA'S CLARA LIONEL FOUNDATION 

The Clara Lionel Foundation was launched in 2012 by the pop icon. The non-profit organization, which is named in honor of Rihanna's grandparents, is focused on providing funds for education and emergency response programs all over the world.

On the official website of the organization, the foundation urges for progress and global reforms in the education sector, especially for the girl child.

Rihanna, with the help of her fans, has championed many courses that seek to create a better world for children, communities affected by natural disasters, and the most vulnerable people around the world.

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Back in September 2019, the Clara Lionel Foundation held its third annual Diamond Ball, in New York. The host for the night was Dave Chapelle and was attended by mostly elites.

Rihanna's Diamond Ball was supported by several of her colleagues in the entertainment industry, such as Jay-Z and Beyoncé, Cardi B, Young Thug, Emily Ratajkowski, and Karlie Kloss. 

The highlight of the event was a taped message from former US President Barack Obama, urging the attendees to donate. The proceeds from all the activities in the event were donated to her Clara Lionel Foundation. 

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Over the years, the award-winning singer has been involved in several charitable works, including partnerships with notable world leaders like Prince Harry and, more recently, French President Emmanuel Macron.

Her efforts haven't gone unnoticed as she was honored by Harvard University in 2017, with the Humanitarian of the Year award for her involvement in many laudable causes, including the establishment of state-of-the-art oncology and nuclear medicine research center in her hometown of Bridgetown, Barbados.

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THE BUSINESS SIDE OF A DIVA

While Rihanna has undoubtedly proven herself as the undisputed "Bad gal" of the music industry, she has also slowly built up a formidable business empire over the last decade. 

In 2015 Rih Rih partnered with German sports brand Puma to create the PUMA x FENTY collection, which was aimed at establishing a connection with an untapped female audience. The result was a hugely profitable venture that aid as a springboard for her success in business so far.

The singer has managed to build a vast business empire out of her Fenty brand, with the Fenty clothing and Fenty Savage brands all breaking new grounds in the fashion world.

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Robyn Rihanna Fenty has undoubtedly taken the business world by storm and confirmed she knows her stuff with her Fenty Beauty collection that preached inclusiveness by offering makeup with an array of skin tones.

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Fenty grossed over $100 million in sales in its first forty days in the market — talk about success!

Fenty fashion line, which was created in partnership with LVMH, has become such a big deal in the fashion world, as it makes the pop star the first black woman in history to be at the helm of affairs of a luxury fashion house in Paris.

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IS RIHANNA STILL WITH BILLIONAIRE BOYFRIEND?

Unlike her other relationships, which were much-publicized media affairs, Rihanna managed to keep her relationship with billionaire businessman Hassan Jameel very private and away from the paparazzi.

A source recently confirmed to Us Weekly that the pair are no longer together after dating for over three years.

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The singer cum beauty mogul and her Saudi businessman boyfriend, who is also a Toyota heir, are rumored to have begun seeing each other in June 2017 and were only spotted together on very few occasions. Speaking to PEOPLE about the cause of the split, a source close to the couple said:

"Their lives were too different, and it was hard to maintain a relationship."

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Rihanna's boyfriend is known to be very private and prefers to stay out of the news. The singer did make some sacrifices to make the relationship work.

Still, over time it became difficult to maintain the quiet lifestyle which Hassan preferred, and it took a toll on their relationship.

We at AmoMama do our best to give you the most updated news regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, but the situation is constantly changing. We encourage readers to refer to the online updates from CDC, WHO, or Local Health Departments to stay updated. Take care!

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