The Break – The Orlando Nightclub Massacre Pt.1

In this episode KC, Chris, Tash, Leisha, Shelby, Troy, Nicole and E. Green (from the Hip Hop Digest Show) discuss the Orlando nightclub shooting. They speak on the conspiracy theories, how the media handled the situation, self hatred, straight privilege and more.

Music: Haan808 – Your Own Capacity

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The Break – Looking Back At N.W.A.

KC and Chris come back to talk about the subject matter in the movie Straight Outta Compton, the LA Riots, Rodney King, violence over sex, certain women referred to as a bitch, opening the door for misogyny, and black women’s relationship with rap music.

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If you’ve logged on to any social networking site or turned to any music video channel, you’d know that Rihanna is in the spotlight once again. What’s the drama about this time? Rihanna’s new video Man Down made its world debut earlier this week and boy did it create drama. Critics say just as her Love the Way You Lie video featuring well-known rapper Eminem brings to light the problem of domestic violence while also promoting violence, Man Down emphasizes the idea that violence breeds violence.

The video begins with Rihanna shooting an unarmed man in the back of the head in a crowded train station. Later, it is revealed the man Rihanna murdered was the aggressor in a domestic violence altercation in which she was raped the day before.

Rihanna has a history or creating music that describes her taking part in violent actions. It all began with her single Unfaithful in 2006 where she mentioned killing herself because she cheated on her boyfriend and no longer wanted to hurt him. If Rihanna is trying to work through her personal problems through her music it’s clear that she survived a trauma that led to her psychological issues long before her infamous domestic altercation with then boyfriend Chris Brown in February 2009. In November 2009, Rihanna released Rated R where she describes what goes through her head as she contemplates taking her life playing Russian Roulette.

Although Rihanna’s efforts to shed light on domestic violence are admirable, her point isn’t getting across the way she intended and moreover she is not taking into consideration her younger more impressionable fans. Rihanna is supposed to be a role model to children and teens across the world and these aren’t the types of videos and ideas our impressionable leaders of tomorrow need to see.

Is it so controversial because it is a video created by a woman that’s depicting violence? I mean we see videos all the time belittling and mistreating women why aren’t these conversations brought up when those videos come out? Why are we just now bringing the conversation about the violent content of music and music videos to the table?