I am thinking about my friends and acquaintances in high school, how they arrived to class with bruises on their arms.
"What happened?" we used to ask.
And then they whispered something about their boyfriends, a volatile argument, and how it was their "fault." They would brush questions aside, blaming themselves for the violence in their relationship. My friends were across the racial and ethnic spectrum, but their situations were eerily similar.
On Wednesday, former Destiny's Child member and solo artist Kelly Rowland released "Dirty Laundry," a highly emotional, personal, and startlingly blunt song about her career and personal life. Production-wise, "Dirty Laundry" is as clear and straightforward as the lyrics. Structured with steady, yet ominous piano chords and a static drumbeat, "Dirty Laundry" plays like some of the best confessional r&b songs.