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 …

Ron Artest Marries Hip-Hop With Global Issues: is it a Match Made in Heaven?

The answer is: no. Ron Artest has less than zero rapping skills. However, the LA Lakers forward deserves props for having the right intention—albeit lyrically misdirected—for trying to shed light on the issue of domestic abuse (and an unnatural attraction to little girls) by the men in their community. It’s disgusting, really. According to nongovernmental organizations in-country, 90 percent of …

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 …

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Just read this article on cnn.com about a woman whose beating was videotaped by her son. Susan’s oldest son didn’t just operate the video camera during the verbal and physical assault, he is also heard speaking in support of his father’s actions. Unbelievable? No, not really.

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 …