I need to see the receipts from the crack-a-lack handlers who let a Polow Da Don-produced collabo between Chris Brown and Rihanna happen. I suppose it makes perfect $ense for everyone with a business stake in these kids’ careers to have them doing the Ike and Tina two-step. But where are the folks who actually see Chris and Rihanna as people in a complicated, dangerous and sad situation? Ugh.
Anyway, check out how journalistic warrior princess Liz Mendez Berry breaks down the knotty issues of intimate partner abuse among non-famous people of color.
“Sadly, when this issue comes up, conversations tend to follow two paths: blaming the abuser or blaming the victim, with little attention given to preventing future violence. In the Brown/Fenty case, it’s “Team Rihanna” versus “Team Breezy,” as if someone wins at the end. But everyone involved loses when violence is the response to relationship conflict. This isn’t a men’s issue or a women’s issue–it’s a community issue. That’s why, instead of getting caught up in the gossip around this star-studded case, we need to start talking about what’s going on among civilians.”
Make 10 minutes to read the whole thing, please.