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This Happened - February 20: Rihanna Was Born

Rihanna was born on this day in 1988 on the island of Barbados. One of the most popular singers of the 21st century, she is also a very successful businesswoman.

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Who is Rihanna?

Rihanna is a singer, actress, fashion designer, and entrepreneur from Saint-Michael, Barbados in the Caribbean . She first gained international fame in 2005 with her debut single "Pon de Replay".

What has Rihanna done outside of music?

Rihanna has acted in several films, including "Battleship" and "Ocean's 8." She is also a successful entrepreneur, with her Fenty Beauty cosmetics line. She has also launched a lingerie line called Savage X Fenty and a luxury fashion line in partnership with LVMH called Fenty.

How many awards has Rihanna won?

Rihanna has won 9 Grammy Awards, 13 Billboard Music Awards, and 8 American Music Awards.

Has Rihanna done any charity work?

Rihanna has also been recognized for her philanthropic work, including being named Harvard University's Humanitarian of the Year in 2017. She established the Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012, which supports education, health, and emergency response programs. She also supports various other organizations such as Global Partnership for Education, Unicef, and the World Health Organization.

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Violence Against Women, The Patriarchy And Responsibility Of The Good Men Too

The femicide of Giulia Cecchettin has shaken Italy, and beyond. Argentine journalist Ignacio Pereyra looks at what lies behind femicides and why all men must take more responsibility.

photo of a young man holding a sign: Filippo isn't a monster, he's the healthy son of the patriarchy

A protester's sign referring to the alleged killer reads: Filippo isn't a monster, he's the healthy son of the patriarchy

Matteo Nardone/Pacific Press via ZUMA Press
Ignacio Pereyra

Updated Dec. 3, 2023 at 10:40 p.m.


ATHENS — Are you going to write about what happened in Italy?, Irene, my partner, asks me. I have no idea what she's talking about. She tells me: a case of femicide has shaken the country and has been causing a stir for two weeks.

As if the fact in itself were not enough, I ask what is different about this murder compared to the other 105 women murdered this year in Italy (or those that happen every day around the world).

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We are talking about a country where the expression "fai l'uomo" (be a man) abounds, with a society so prone to drama and tragedy and so fond of crime stories as few others, where the expression "crime of passion" is still mistakenly overused.

In this context, the sister of the victim reacted in an unexpected way for a country where femicide is not a crime recognized in the penal code, contrary to what happens, for example, in almost all of Latin America.

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