The Seattle Times: Ann Powers on “Best Music Writing 2010”

Los Angeles Times pop critic and Best Music Writing 2010 guest editor Ann Powers will speak at Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Co. on December 28. Ann was recently featured in The Seattle Times, where she talked about the science behind how she went about picking and choosing what pieces to include in this year’s compilation. Below, a sampling where she …

Rihanna Breaks Her Silence But…

In an exclusive interview on Good Morning America earlier today, domestic abuse victim and singer Rihanna, broke her silence to anchor Diane Sawyer. The piece was a teaser for tomorrow night’s edition of 20/20, starting at 10pm, in where the pop princess will reveal what her private life was like with her abuser, the equally famous singer Chris Brown. In …

Outtake » Talking Gender Violence with Joan Morgan

My homie→author→cultural critic Joan Morgan coined the term “hip-hop feminism.” I recently asked her a few questions about teens attitudes towards gender violence and female misogyny for a feature I wrote. Below are snippets from our conversation. ~ By Raquel Cepeda What do you make of the rancor Rihanna’s been receiving after Chris Brown assaulted her? Unfortunately, It’s not really …

Village Voice: "Another Love TKO: Teens Grapple with Rihanna vs. Chris Brown"

An unsettling conversation, to oft-disturbing and potentially lasting effects. By Raquel Cepeda It’s hard to tell, but maybe she’s pursing her lips at me. Or, like any other eighth-grader, maybe she’s just irritated about having to spend a whole period with a bunch of seventh-graders-and in an advisory class, no less. After all, what’s left to talk about, especially after …

Mixed Messages

Why is Nickelodeon, a trusted childrens’ television network, being so irresponsible? Nickelodeon, an MTV Network, is in 287.6 million households in 162 territories around the world. What kind of message is this sending to children around the world? What would send a more resonant message? What’s worse—Oprah devoting an episode to domestic abuse, or Nickelodeon disqualifying Chris Brown from partaking …

International Women's Day

Yesterday marked the 100th International Women’s Day.  And we, the mothers, sisters, girlfriends and wives, daughters and grandmothers of planet earth are in danger. And it’s only getting worse. Globally, every 1 out of 3 of us will be victims of domestic abuse. Nationally, the number is 1 in 4. And as we spiral deeper into an economic cesspool, the …