The White House announced today that President Barack Obama is appointing pop star Shakira to the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
In her biography, the White House repeatedly refers to her as "Ms. Mebarak Ripoll." Her full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll.
Shakira, who has visited Capitol Hill to raise awareness for childhood education issues, has an impressive philanthropic background -- the White House biography notes merely that she is a Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, record producer and dancer. But it goes on at length about her global educational efforts.
Shakira founded the Barefoot Foundation in 1995, which operates schools and educational projects in Colombia, South Africa, and Haiti, feeding and educating approximately 6,000 children. In 2010, she collaborated with the World Bank and the Barefoot Foundation to establish an initiative that distributes educational and developmental programs for children across Latin America.
In 2008, Shakira served as the Honorary Chair of the Global Campaign for Education’s Global Action Week. In 2005, she became a founding member of Latin America in Solidarity Action, a coalition of artists and business leaders seeking to promote integrated early childhood public policies. She became a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund in 2003, where she promotes the expansion and improvement of comprehensive early childhood care and education across the world.
Oh, she also has a new single! See below: