When news broke that Rihanna had at the very least collaborated with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown on new music, and at most reconciled with him romantically, the blogosphere exploded with a variety of questions; is Rihanna’s career in danger, is her health in danger, should we forgive Chris Brown, and so on.
Those questions remain up in the air. What we do know is that dating violence is an all-too-common reality for Black youth. If anything, the saga of Rihanna and Chris Brown can at least be used as a teachable moment for young people.
According to a report from the CDC, 1 out of 11 high school students have experienced physical violence from a boyfriend or girlfriend. Chillingly, Black teenage girls are 80 percent more likely to be intentionally assaulted by their boyfriends.