Last week I watched Rihanna's interview on 20/20 with Diane Sawyer. As predicted, she came out and spoke openly about the incident with Chris Brown back in February. I was surprised with how open she was to all of the questions she was asked, and I learned more about her than I ever thought I would care about a superstar. But music from both Chris Brown and Rihanna has been some of the most listened to albums of my time, and their shocking relationship has impacted the industry as well as young adults in my generation who have looked to both of them.
After watching this interview, it is hard to believe that the woman is only 21. Are you serious? The way she held herself showed a much more mature person. Just the way she articulated her thoughts on the whole thing proved how deep and serious the issue of domestic violence is today. I noticed how hard it was for her to answer some of the questions, but she stuck with it and clearly told her story and held nothing back.
While many critics say that she did the interview for the sake of her new album coming out - I am convinced that her story is one that needs to be told. I admire her for explaining how she could not carry the burden of being a role model to so many young women, yet run back to Chris or keep silent on what had happened. She put a voice to so many people who are going through this terrible trend, and in my opinion, gave women a light to look to.
I've got all of the respect in the world for this young woman, and now know why all of the icons of hip hop have stood behind her through this whole thing. People like Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and TI all have supported her in so many ways, and this interview only gave her such a respectable place not only in the music industry, but for women throughout the world.
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Robyn Rihanna Fenty (born February 20, 1988), better known as Rihanna, is a Barbadian recording artist and model. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, Rihanna moved to the United States at the age of 16 to pursue a recording career under the guidance of record producer Evan Rogers. She subsequently signed a contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning for then-label head Jay-Z.
In 2005, Rihanna released her debut studio album, Music of the Sun, which peaked within the top ten of the Billboard 200 and features the Billboard Hot 100 hit single "Pon de Replay". Less than a year later, she released her second studio album, A Girl Like Me (2006), which peaked within the top five of the Billboard albums chart, and produced her first US number one hit single, "SOS", as well as Billboard Hot 100 top ten entries "Unfaithful" and "Break It Off". Rihanna's third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007), peaking at number two on the Billboard 200, featured five top ten hits including three US number one hit singles—"Umbrella", "Take a Bow" and "Disturbia"—and the worldwide hit "Don't Stop the Music." The album was nominated for nine Grammy Awards, winning Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Umbrella," which features Jay-Z.
Rihanna has sold over 12 million records, worldwide in her four-year career span and has received several accolades, including the 2007 World Music Awards for ...