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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Continuing Saga that is Ri-Ri vs. Breezy

[photo credit: ABC/ Ida Mae Astute]

My thoughts on the Diane Sawyer/ Rihanna interview as stated on Corve DaCosta's Blog:

Rihanna's in the business to make money and to sell records. She probably has just gotten over her emotional scars from the humiliating incident and decided to capitalize on the “opportunity” by speaking on the issue while promoting her album, Rated R and single Russian Roulette. I commend her honesty and bravery. Tina Turner didn't speak about Ike's abuse until TEN years after she left him. Rihanna has proven herself to be an upstanding role model. To handle such a debacle in the public eye with such grace and strength is to be commended.

As she says in the interview, she couldn't let the decision to stay with Brown destroy the empire that she had built for herself and realizing the impact she has as a role model to young girls, she could not see herself being held responsible for someones death at the hands of domestic violence. That would be "a selfish decision for love," as she calls it.

Here are the links to part 2 and part 3 of the Sawyer/ Rihanna interview. If the above vids get pulled from YouTube, try this search.

BTW, it makes so much sense now why Rihanna's father didn't come and make a huge scene and have Breezy persecuted to the full extent of the law. He was an abuser himself, SMH. I was confused, especially because I know that if that was my father, Breezy would have to go into the Witness Protection Program to get away from my Daddy (and brother). I guess "duppy know who fi frighten."

• About 33% of female murder victims were killed by an intimate.
• About 3% of male murder victims were killed by an intimate.
• 81% of men who batter had fathers who abused their mothers.
• Children who grow up in violent homes have a 74% higher likelihood of committing criminal assaults.
• The number one killer of African-American women ages 15 to 34 is homicide at the hands of a current or former intimate.

Read more on domestic violence here.

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