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Body Politic: Rihanna's Interview with Oprah, Kristen Stewart's Fall from Grace and the Hook Up Cult
12 Sep 2012 // 5:15 PM

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.

"A Very Strong Underlying Message 4 Girls Like Me": Rihanna's "Man Down" Video
26 Oct 2011 // 4:00 PM

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.


Spectacle of Empty Gestures: Rihanna's "American Oxygen"
5 May 2015 // 9:30 PM

The problem isn't that Rihanna's "American Oxygen" fails as political art, it's that we might consider it a success instead of a mere gesture.

In Defense of Hoping Chris Brown and Rihanna Don't Work Out, Again
3 Dec 2012 // 9:30 PM

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.


Rihanna: Talk That Talk
29 Nov 2011 // 3:00 PM

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

Rihanna: Loud
12 Dec 2010 // 3:00 PM

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.


Pop Unmuted Podcast: Resilience, Melancholy, and Rihanna's "American Oxygen" with Dr. Robin James
3 Jun 2015 // 3:00 AM

Pop Unmuted talks to Dr. Robin James about her book Resilience and Melancholy: Pop Music, Feminism, Neoliberalism and Rihanna's latest hit "American Oxygen".

Pop Unmuted Podcast: Chart to Chart and Rihanna's "Four Five Seconds"
2 Feb 2015 // 6:07 AM

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".


Chris Brown, Rihanna collaborations spark controversy
22 Feb 2012 // 11:35 PM

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

Rihanna can ‘Talk That Talk,’ but can she walk the walk?
21 Nov 2011 // 11:35 PM

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 “

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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