Cover Photo: A screenshot of Rihanna from the "Rude Boy" music video. Her hair is teased up into a puffy mohawk and she is staring intensely into the camera against a bright red and orange backdrop of colorful scribbles.
Photograph via Def Jam Records

Rihanna and the Legacy of Liberated Caribbean Women

I wanted to be loud, wild, and sexually liberated like them. I just didn’t know how.

Music of the Sun

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