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Big News

57 percent of Malawi youth aged 15-24 did not complete primary education in 2014, with just seven percent completing secondary education. During a trip to Malawi in January, Rihanna—who, if you didn’t know, is a global ambassador for the Global Partnership for Education and founder of the Clara Lionel Foundation—teamed up with parents and educators to turn these numbers around. “I’m really here to see it,” Rihanna said in a recent video. “It’s one thing to read statistics, but I want to see it firsthand and find out all that can be done and where to start first.”

The 10-minute mini doc also shows Rihanna spending time with Malawi’s minister of education, science and technology, Emmanuel Fabiano, former Australian prime minister and GPE board chairwoman Julia Gillard, and Global Citizen co-founder Hugh Evans and to talk about ways to address poverty, health, and other issues the country faces. Just when you thought you Rihanna couldn’t be more badass.

Watch the video below.

Big Lies

So how ’bout #ComeyDay? Though we didn’t really learn anything we didn’t intuitively know, finally hearing directly from the source did make for some good entertainment (and that’s saying the least). Trump’s Twitter fingers made a statement this morning, claiming “complete vindication,” calling Comey a “leaker” and then thanking the folks at Fox and Friends for “great reporting.” Lawd.

Trump’s lawyer also spoke on his behalf, stating Comey’s testimony “makes clear that the President never sought to impede the investigation into attempted Russian interference in the 2016 election, and in fact, according to Mr. Comey, the President told Mr. Comey ‘it would be good to find out’ in that investigation if there were “some ‘satellite’ associates of his who did something wrong.”

And thennn there’s also Trump’s son defending his father:

Big Facts

It’s no new news that Barney was Black, but for many of the younger folks of the present generation, it’s somewhat of a mind-blowing revelation. The heads at Business Insider recently caught up with David Joyner to talk about what it was like to play everyone’s favorite purple dinosaur for 10 years, and what he’s up to now. Joyner is a damn renaissance man. And did y’all know he was in everything from Shameless to ER to That 70s Show? We didn’t. Peep the interview below.

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