“Issa Rae and Childish Gambino were the dream duo for the fourth Annual Diamond Ball and they’re coming,” Rihanna said in a statement. “We are honored and grateful to have them help us celebrate the Clara Lionel Foundation this year.”
The Clare Lionel Foundation, named after Rihanna’s grandparents Clara and Lionel Braithwaite, supports and funds groundbreaking and effective education, health and emergency response programs around the world.
The fourth annual Diamond Ball will take place September 13th at New York’s Cipriani’s Wall Street. Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans will receive the fete’s 2018 Diamond Ball Award for his humanitarian efforts to end extreme poverty, climate change and gender inequality around the world.
Rae talked about meeting Rihanna for the first time at the Met Gala during a visit to Stephen Colbert’s Late Show last week. “I went up to her and she was so friendly and nice, I wasn’t expecting that,” Rae said. “[But] any chance we had to be best friends, I ruined it with my drunken nervousness and starstruckness.”
The 2017 Diamond Ball featured performances by Kendrick Lamar and Calvin Harris with Dave Chappelle serving as host.