Angie Martinez Tells All: The Stories Behind Her Classic Interviews

Interview with Chris Brown Post-Rihanna, 2009

Angie Martinez:"Interviewing Chris Brown after everything happened with Rihanna was definitely one of those [heavy burden] moments. I try to approach every situation as a human being and give everybody a fair and caring perspective. Clearly no one was happy about what happened with Chris. Chris wasn’t happy about what happened and I just wanted to try to be as fair as possible in that type of situation. That’s all I could really try to do is just to be fair, just to give everyone a fair listen. That’s my job, to give you the information.

 

In the Chris case, I've known Chris since he was 16, I hated what happened but I felt like everybody had been beating him up, nobody asked him, ‘Yo what happened?’ just from a caring place.

 

"Sure, I have an opinion and sometimes it comes out, I’m a human being and yes I have opinions I don’t hide that. But in situations like that, where someone needs to be heard or people want to hear something, it’s my job to try to be as fair and give someone an open platform-challenge them a little bit but still, not overburden it with my own opinion or my own thoughts. In the Chris case, I've known Chris since he was 16, I hated what happened but I felt like everybody had been beating him up, nobody asked him, ‘Yo what happened?’ just from a caring place. It was tough because it was a fine line, I didn’t want to say something was okay but I didn’t want to be bulldozing over something that everyone was already bulldozing over. He’s still a human being."

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