High-Profile Abuse

Trailing perhaps only Jay-Z and Beyoncé in popularity, the talented, good-looking singers Chris Brown and Rihanna were once hip-hop royalty. Then a picture of a badly bruised Rihanna surfaced on the Internet in February 2009, and a public-relations firestorm ensued. Rihanna made her way to Oprah; Brown undertook the mountainous climb to rehabilitate his image. According to Hillary Potter, associate professor of sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the sordid Brown-Rihanna drama — did he bite her? — is a small example of a much more pervasive problem. From 4 to 5:30 p.m., Potter visits the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center (4801 Rockhill) to discuss her latest book, Battle Cries: Black Women and Intimate Partner Abuse, which looks at domestic abuse through interviews with 40 African-American women. A Q&A session follows Potter’s program, which is titled “This Didn’t Begin or End With Rihanna and Chris Brown: Understanding and Confronting Intimate Partner Abuse Among African Americans. Admission is free. Call 816-235-2751 for details.

Mon., March 22, 4-5:30 p.m., 2010