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Wednesday, September 12 2012

Body Politic: Rihanna's Interview with Oprah, Kristen Stewart's Fall from Grace and the Hook Up Cult

This week Flashpoints looks at the female body politic that is reflected in the hall of mirrors of pop culture. Our gaze is cast on what we think we see of Rihanna, Kristen Stewart, and the Fifty Shades of Gray phenomenon.

Wednesday, October 26 2011

"A Very Strong Underlying Message 4 Girls Like Me": Rihanna's "Man Down" Video

In a culture that glorifies pimping and exploiting women’s bodies for profit, Rihanna's "Man Down" sends a powerful message to both men and women about women's sexual autonomy.

Thursday, April 28 2011

Dancing Till the World Ends: Why Does Contemporary Pop Love War?

The Europop renaissance in Top 40 music has ushered in a peculiar fascination with the sounds, smells and visions of war. Seeing pop as a kind of warfare, or warfare in pop, provides a psychic escape for the listener.

Monday, December 13 2010

The 10 Most Disappointing Albums of 2010

Considering the caliber of artistry here, some of them are major disappointments, while others were simply predictable, but failed to deliver on the off-chance hope that it could have been better.


Monday, December 3 2012

In Defense of Hoping Chris Brown and Rihanna Don't Work Out, Again

The recent news of the reconciliation between pop stars Chris Brown and Rihanna highlights how upsetting it is that no lessons were learned from that fateful night in 2009.

Tuesday, January 17 2012

Gleeks and Beliebers Rejoice: In Defense of Pop

Pop music makers like Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry may get the kiss off from critics, but really, what's the harm in getting your pop groove on to their style of music?


Tuesday, November 29 2011

Rihanna: Talk That Talk

Is Talk That Talk actually an album? It's certainly a CD with a booklet and some music.

Sunday, December 12 2010

Rihanna: Loud

After finding personal vindication in 2009's Rated R, Rihanna returns almost exactly a year later with Loud, which further taps into Rihanna's post-Brown themes: sexuality and female empowerment.

Wednesday, December 9 2009

Rihanna: Rated R

At the heart of Rated R lies a common misconception: that slower songs are more emotional and more powerful, that big ballads say more about a singer's soul than, say, an R&B club hit.

Monday, June 25 2007

Rihanna: Good Girl Gone Bad

The midyear 2007 rankings in Female Rhythm & Pop: 1. Beyoncé, 2. Rihanna... Wait. What? Rihanna?!

Wednesday, May 31 2006

Rihanna: A Girl Like Me

The Bajan Princess of the dancehall can "break it up" like nobody's business. And when you can drop it like it's on fire, there's no need to cool it off.


Monday, February 2 2015

Pop Unmuted Podcast: Chart to Chart and Rihanna's "Four Five Seconds"

On Episode 8 of Pop Unmuted, we talk about the importance of charts both Billboard and the new collaboration between Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney, "Four Five Seconds".

Monday, November 16 2009

Jay-Z and Rihanna Live in London (video)

R&B superstar Rihanna formally launched her new album, Rated R, last night in London. The album drops last week and she played her first


Thursday, February 23 2012

Chris Brown, Rihanna collaborations spark controversy

LOS ANGELES — “YIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!” That’s how Chris Brown, 22, tagged his remix of “Turn Up the Music,” one of two collaborations with ex-girlfriend Rihanna, 24, that the

Tuesday, November 22 2011

Rihanna can ‘Talk That Talk,’ but can she walk the walk?

LOS ANGELES — Were she willing to tip her hand a little earlier, Rihanna might have considered kicking off her new album, “Talk That Talk,” with “

Thursday, December 3 2009

Chris Brown's answer to Rihanna album a puzzling mix of accusations, partying

Two weeks ago, Rihanna delivered a brilliant album, "Rated R," that doubled as a thinly veiled, emotionally turbulent reflection on her ill-fated romance with Chris

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