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It’s rare that pop superstars can successfully flaunt their sexuality, retain autonomy, push boundaries and provide creative substance. Wednesday at a near-capacity United Center, Rihanna enjoyed the best of all worlds. During a striking 110-minute concert, the vocalist balanced the personas of a fiercely independent woman, rule-breaking bad girl, spurned lover and party-starting host without compromising her integrity or believability. There was never a doubt about who dictated the terms or controlled the conversation. While laden with risqué motifs and skin-baring visuals, the hit-stacked performance portrayed the 23-year-old singer as an empowered female instead of a crass, submissive object of male desire. (read more on Chicago Tribune)

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