Rihanna donates $1.75 million to Bajan hospital: does it make you like her more?


Over the winter holidays, Rihanna usually takes a vacation in her native Barbados, and this year is no exception. Kaiser already covered Rihanna’s enviable bikini photos, so I’m using some photos of RiRi from earlier this month while she was travelling through Germany and Paris to support her latest album, Unapologetic. Oh, and Rihanna just tweeted a rather NSFW photo of her right butt cheek tattoo that just happens to be a drawing of a marijuana leaf. So basically, she’s being trashy as always.

At the moment however, Rihanna has done a good thing, and she should be recognized as such. She’s donated $1.75 million to Barbados’ Queen Elizabeth in honor of her late grandmother who passed away in June; the donation was meant to provide new equipment and renovations for the hospital’s oncology wing, which has now been renamed Clara Braithwaite Centre for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine. This is a very good development in Rihanna’s pop star existence:


Rihanna knows the real reason for the season: helping those who need it most.

According to E! News, the Barbados-born beauty, 24, has donated $1.75 million to help modernize a hospital in her home country. The generous gift to Bridgetown’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital is in memory of her late grandmother, who passed away this summer.

“This was my way of giving back to Barbados, in a form of philanthropy, by assisting the QEH in its continued modernization program,” Rihanna shared in a statement. “I believe that this will have a huge impact on the people of Barbados. This was all done to save lives, or at least extend them.”

Following the donation, the hospital has renamed its cancer treatment center after Rihanna’s beloved Gran Gran Dolly. (The department will now be called the Clara Braithwaite Centre for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine.)

In August, the singer opened up during a sitdown with Oprah about what she learned from Clara Braithwaite, whom she described as one of the greatest people she had ever known.

“She was a well-rounded woman,” Rihanna explained, growing emotional. “She taught me a lot about forgiveness, loving my enemies, spirituality [and] strength as a woman.”

Shortly after her passing, Rihanna paid tribute to her grandmother — as well as the values she instilled in her — by getting a tattoo of the Egyptian goddess Isis. According to Egyptian mythology, Isis was a champion of the oppressed, a protector of the dead and the goddess of children.

[From Us Weekly]

Obviously, it’s damn near impossible to knock Rihanna for donating such a large sum for such a worthy cause. Rihanna was incredibly close to her grandmother and was publicly devastated after her granny died, so it stands to reason that RiRi would decide to take philanthropic measures and help those who suffer from the same disease that claimed her grandmother. Also and from a purely selfish standpoint, I like the idea of Rihanna throwing herself into such pursuits, which give her at least a little less time and energy to dwell on Chris Brown.

Update Bloody hell. Rihanna spent Christmas in Chris Brown’s arms after all. So much for her fleeting sanity.



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  1. lisa2 says:

    She really is beautiful.

    I never understand why people get so upset by who adults decide to be with. I really don’t care if she is with Chris or not. Her business. If it is a mistake then she will find that out for herself. she is a grown woman. Her choice; good or bad.

    • Ms Kay says:

      Because she is shoving it down our throats via FaceGram, TwitBook and InstagWitter to remind us she exists by any means and yet says it’s nobody business…

      • Him says:

        And who’s forcing you to follow her on those or click on any articles about her?

      • Ms Kay says:

        @ Him please loose the tiresome argument “who is forcing you” etc, I didn’t say I wasn’t paying attention to her I was criticizing the hypocrisy say when a public figure like her pretends she wants some privacy and yet *wants* the public to look at her and many contradictory behaviour of hers. And yes she is everywhere on websites, clicking on articles or not, she’s on tv news, she in newspapers, hard to miss it, and I have the right to criticize it as long as I want to, now please…

      • Him says:

        @Ms Kay, I didn’t say you aren’t entitled to an opinion but the ways you listed of her shoving it down everyone’s throat’s are easily avoidable, If you want too.

        I don’t like them being together and unfollowed her on twitter when they released that dumb song together and now I don’t have to see her fame whoring regarding this… simple.

        But on the flip side just because somebody goes out of their way to flaunt a relationship (if they’re actually flaunting it, and not just unable to not do so due to fame) It still doesn’t mean it’s anybodies business it just means you know about it.

  2. Minky says:

    Good lord, she has a great butt!! And it’s awesome she has donated so much. As much as I say “aaaagh!” About her and that dude, she’s an adult. She’ll continue to make her decisions and not give a damn.

  3. Agnes says:

    Good for her! All celebrities (and non-celebrities with money) should spend their cash on such things.

  4. Jayna says:

    That’s almost 2 million dollars. That’s a very generous gift coming from someone so young. Sure she has money, but you don’t usually see that kind of donation in one lump sum coming from the younger singers/actors in their careers. Good for her.

  5. mln76 says:

    Good for her…I am hoping that she gets her head sewed on straight and gets away from the pig eventually and cuts back or quits drinking. She’s really really young and I hope she grows the hell up and starts caring about herself.

  6. Leen says:

    That’s not her butt, the tattoos don’t match up, Rihanna doesn’t have a sleeve tattoo and in that picture the woman has a sleeve tattoo and also Rihanna doesn’t have that lower back tattoo either.

  7. The Original Mia says:

    It’s a great thing to do in honor of her Grand Dolly. Rather see her spend $2M on this than on that waste of space she’s in love with.

    • Becky1 says:

      I think it’s wonderful that she donated the money. However, that doesn’t take away from the fact that she presents herself in a very trashy way. Usually I’m a “live and let live” kind of person but I think it’s really sad that she’s chosen to get back with Chris Brown. Obviously it’s her life and it’s her choice but getting back together with someone who physically abused you when finances aren’t an issue and you don’t have a child together? It’s really pathetic. I understand why women who are trapped financially stay with abusive men and why those who have children with the abuser stay because they don’t want to break up the family (I’m not saying it’s the right thing to do, I’m just saying that I understand why some women don’t leave). Rihanna is obviously in a very different situation.

  8. Isa says:

    That’s good she donated all that money, good for her. I still think she is trash, bad role model and learned shit from her grandmother.

  9. Louise says:

    So many naive people around. Jimmy Savile also donated huge sums to charities and hospitals. He also had much to hide and his negative doings far out-did the good, in fact it’s just a shield! Open your eyes people.

  10. some bitch says:

    It’s certainly good that she donated that money to a hospital, but it doesn’t change my idea that she’s a deeply insecure, needy and not-so-talented “artist”. Plenty of people donate millions to hospitals and other charitable causes all the time and it’s not publicized.

  11. the original bellaluna says:

    Good, but NO. Maybe if she donated it to an educational or survival fund for battered women….but that’s probably just my bias entering in.

    But seriously, there are MANY countries in which rape/abuse is systematically used as a “tool of war” (I’ve got your “tool of war” right here, buddy) that would MASSIVELY benefit from a gift like that.

    And if you’ve got scratch like that, why not share it?

  12. babythastarsshinebrite says:

    Very generous of her, no doubt. Still don’t like her and not just because she is with Chris Brown.

  13. KellyinSeattle says:

    Generous, but I am so tired of her! She is over-exposed to the max…

  14. Guest says:

    The people in Barbados who will benefit from this hospital do not care what the Westerners think. They will get access to the treatment they need. Hopefully the whingers do not go to the Caribbean Islands. Yeah , all of them .Stay Home.

  15. Dominique says:

    That’s not Rihanna’s body. She doesn’t have a tramp stamp, her waist is not that curvy, thus she doesn’t have a marijuana leaf on her ass. You guys gotta do more.

  16. lucy2 says:

    The donation is great and will hopefully really help people.
    But I don’t know that I’ll ever have a good opinion of her.

  17. commentatrice says:

    She donates … and Then …
    If that makes her more popular , good for her .
    giving donations is not more than a Marketing strategy or publicity .. cuz if you really want to donate in order to help people , you don’t need to tell it to the world