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It took me a while, but I recently stopped listening to R. Kelly.
It wasn’t easy at all. As I’ve stated numerous times, I’m from the South Suburbs of Chicago and R. Kelly’s music was always a mainstay on the radio, in our home, and even at school. The man literally lived 10 minutes away from my family in Olympia Fields for years.
And then his music was just that good. There really is an R. Kelly song for every mood. Feeling jubilant? Step to “Happy People.” Relationship on the decline? Rant to “When a Woman’s Fed Up.” Need some inspiration? Of course, there’s always “I Believe I Can Fly.” Feeling freaky? Take your pick.
And that’s where things get uncomfortable.
I gave up on the classic jams of R. Kelly, because after years of turning a blind eye to allegations, I was forwarded the news stories and police reports from the Village Voice feature a while back. I looked over everything, things that spanned the ’90s and early ’00s, and could barely hold down my lunch. I knew people who went to his alma mater, Kenwood Academy in Chicago, and said he would lurk around talking to the young girls, and I’d also had friends who said they saw him at local malls and he was flirtatious. I thought nothing of it during that time.
But after reading those reports, I couldn’t ignore what I had been hearing and seeing over the years, and I could no longer feel comfortable supporting or even just listening to his music due to the allegations.
Allegations R. Kelly addressed directly in an interview with New York Magazine recently.
While promoting his new album, Buffet, the singer was asked whether or not he has a sexual attraction to underage girls:
“That’s a rumor that comes from the Earth, like all rumors,” he says, sounding almost bored.
So it’s not true?
“No. It’s not true. I love women, period. If I wasn’t a celebrity, people wouldn’t be saying these things about me.”
How do you explain people close to you saying that you have a problem?
“I don’t know those people you’re talking about.”
I clarify: his brother, his ex-publicist, his former friend and longtime personal assistant.
“All those people have been fired by me. If you’re going to ask me these questions, you have to make sense out of it. It wasn’t until after they got fired that they said these things. Go figure. I got one life, and I don’t want to spend it talking about negativity. I’ve moved on. Maybe you haven’t.”
And when asked if there were any sexual compulsions he could admit to struggling with, Kelly claimed young girls were not his issue.
“I only have a problem with haters.”
This Q&A was interesting. But what stood out to me most were the words of a commenter who said that Kelly is no different from any other entertainer.
“meh. if you stopped supporting every entertainer or celebrity who rapes, abuses, or commits crimes. you wouldn’t really have very many entertainers or celebrities left.
i mean… where’s this article on Woody Allen? any number of pro athletes? hell… even harvy weinstein has a reputation for f-cking young starlets as a gatekeeper to celebrity.
I don’t really know R Kelly’s music. but. pretty sure you can just look the other way if you’re into. just like people do for white entertainers.”
And for a minute there, I started to feel confused. Conflicted is a better word.
That commenter had a point. There are plenty of athletes, entertainers and celebrities in general who’ve done horrid things, and yet many of us continue to be entertained by them in one way or another, and we don’t turn the TV off or the radio down when they appear. For example, despite being flabbergasted at photos of a beaten and bruised Rihanna after she was battered by Chris Brown post a pre-Grammy celebration in 2009, six years later, I still listen to Brown’s music. I still continue to root for him to get his life together because I see the talent.
I stood by Michael Jackson against rumors until the day he died and still jam out to all his albums like they just came out. Off The Wall is a personal favorite.
I watch old and new Woody Allen movies from time to time, and even some Roman Polanski films. And as I can recall sitting back during an 8-hour plane ride to Greece, I thought nothing of Allen’s marriage to his adopted daughter while watching Blue Jasmine.
A lot of the athletes I see on television are being accused of something or currently battling a case in between games.
And don’t get me started on Bill Cosby…
I don’t go out of my way to support anyone with a shoddy past, but it’s true that at times, what they’ve done in their personal life sometimes takes a backseat when I’m focused on their work.
But what makes R. Kelly different from all these people is the fact that it’s his work that makes me think of his personal life automatically. He’s overtly sexual, and when you’re being accused of having sex with minors, that makes things incredibly uncomfortable. His last album was titled Black Panties for God’s sake! How can I listen to “The Greatest Sex,” “Bump N’Grind,” “Every Position,” “R&B Thug,” “Freak Dat Body,” and some sh*t like “I Like The Crotch On You” and not immediately feel disgusting? Especially when he said in “She’s Got That Vibe,” “Little, cute Aaliyah’s got it”?
And yet, I won’t judge those who can do so. Because as I previously stated, there are some people I find myself grooving to and whose projects I view despite knowing their shady past, and sometimes, present.
But R. Kelly has to go from my discography. Not because he’s not a musical genius. But rather, because by continuing to be a hypersexual being when it comes to the music he shares with the world while remaining mum about that sex tape, that marriage to Aaliyah, and those vivid claims of statutory rape, he’s profiting off of someone else’s pain and laughing in our faces. It’s sick.
Elaine B. Goodman, of Dover, Delaware, is facing several charges after she statutorily raped a 13-year-old boy in the backseat of her car last spring.
According to Delaware Online, the young boy snuck out his house to meet Goodman, then 44, at 1 a.m. The two drove around before parking and sitting in the backseat. That’s when the sexual abuse began. They were there until 4:30 in the morning when Goodman dropped him off so she could get ready for work.
During an interview with the Children’s Advocacy Center, the boy said after kissing and undressing him, Goodman “took his you-know-what and put it in her you-know-what.”
From there, the Smyrna Police Department started investigating the incident. They collected DNA evidence from the car, clothing worn that night and text messages from cell phones.
Reportedly, the 13-year-old boy is her daughter’s boyfriend.
Goodman had been texting the boy as well as her friend that implicated her in the rape.
According to documents, she texted her friend saying, “He is so cute with a nice ass body. I asked him what in the world are u doing with a body like that at 13…”
Goodman was charged with fourth degree rape, three counts of third-degree rape, two counts of second-degree unlawful sexual conduct and sexual solicitation of a child. She was arrested on Wednesday and sent straight to the Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in lieu of $225,000 bond.
This story is chalk full of disturbing and dysfunctional details. This is pedophilia plain and simple. Goodman raped that young man. Still, the story is largely being reported with words like “had sex with,” “had intimate relations” or “engaged in a sexual relationship.” She clearly took advantage of this young boy, who couldn’t even say the words penis and vagina. It’s really time we start taking the rape and molestation of little boys as seriously as it is. There’s nothing cool or advanced about a 44-year-old woman raping a 13-year-old boy. And it’s time we teach young boys to see this type of abuse as just that.
It is these type of attitudes that lead men like Ja Rule and Chris Brown to say they “lost their virginities” at 11 and 8-years-old respectively. As painful as it might be to admit or acknowledge that, they were raped and preyed upon by older women who were mentally unwell.
Then there’s the issue of Goodman using her daughter’s boyfriend as her victim. There is something absolutely diabolical about that betrayal. And it’s two fold. Not only did Goodman sleep with the young girl’s boyfriend, betraying her trust and ensuring that she will be ridiculed for her mother’s behavior, she also left her daughter without a mother as she is sure to serve plenty of time in jail.
Lastly, a part of me wonders how her friend received that text message she sent to her. Did she send it before she raped this little boy or was it a way for her to brag about it afterward? Furthermore, what was her friend’s response? Did she tell her to leave the little boy alone, call the authorities, dismiss it or, in the worst case scenario, did she participate or condone that type of behavior?
All in all, this is a tragic situation, with no winners.
To put Hip Hop allegiances in the simplest of terms, if you’re from the East Coast, you’re a Biggie fan and if you’re from the West, Tupac is your fave. And if you’re from the Midwest, like myself you have the pleasant task of choosing.
When it came to me and my house, we were Tupac fans. I was a child of the ’90’s and I enjoyed the passion and energy of his music and more than any other rapper of that era he just seemed to be saying the right things…sometimes. In addition to warning women that the underground just “don’t stop for hoes,” and telling Biggie “That’s why I f–ked your b–ch,” he was also telling women to keep their heads up and asking men why we don’t respect them. What male rapper was talking about misogyny in the ’90’s, even if he himself often fell victim to it? Before Tupac became a part of Death Row, he was a product of the Black Panther teachings and from the time he was a young teenager, he was speaking out against White supremacy and injustice.
He was a conflicted soul to say the least. And what saddens me the most about Tupac’s short life is that if he’d had the opportunity to live and mature a little bit longer, he could have done even more great things in the world, revolutionary things.
Sadly, that’s just not how the cookie crumbled.
If you can’t tell already, I have great respect for Pac so when I hear people compare others to him, my antennas perk up.
And that’s what they did this weekend when Nick Cannon said this.
Damn right I said it! The level of talent, passion, and artistic ability that this young man possesses makes @ChrisBrownOfficial a true legend amongst legends. A lot of times we don't realize or acknowledge our treasures while we still have them with us. We wait until they are gone to appreciate their power. Think about how much everyone attacked MJ and 2Pac while they were alive… I don't think I have ever witnessed someone more gifted, who has overcome so much and still growing and learning daily. My Prayers go up for this dude everyday. @ChrisBrownOfficial #Respect #Legend #Loyalty #Love #Artist #Proud #Men
I wish I were mature enough to ignore this. I wish I could just dismiss this as the trolling it likely was and keep moving on with my day. But by golly, I just cannot. It’s too far fetched to ignore.
And I don’t say that because Pac and Michael were saints and Chris Brown isn’t. None of these men were or are perfect, just like the rest of us. But I was always good at grouping like objects and if you ask me, all three of these men, while they share some qualities as artists, are quite different from each other.
Aside from the fact that each of these men were both talented and controversial, there are really no further similarities to me.
When I think about Michael Jackson, I think about a consummate entertainer who had laser like focus and an almost unnatural work ethic. That’s what made him legendary. Of all the archival footage that I’ve watched of Michael Jackson, none of it shows him off his game. His ability to inspire, astound and entertain is unmatched. And as someone who’s followed a majority Chris Brown’s career, I can’t say the same for him.
And I root for Chris Brown. I desperately want him to win but I’m also honest enough to acknowledge that he lets too much nonsense get in the way of making his music and perfecting his art. There have literally been times on stage when Chris will stop dancing and stop singing to talk about his relationship drama. Michael would never.
Perhaps Nick was trying to say that he was more Tupac in that regard. You know, the bad boy. But nah. We’re talking legends here. One who proved himself over decades and another who was actually about challenging people and improving the community. While both Chris and Pac have some pretty hurtful and harmful songs directed against women, Pac, at least, had some content and some views and opinions to counter that. I can’t recall a time when I heard Chris speak about community uplift or sing a song about the worth of women, outside of sex or romantic affection. And that’s fine. He doesn’t have to, but that’s what makes him different, in very fundamental ways, from Tupac. Maybe Chris will get there one day but as of now, he’s just not on that level.
But he still has time.
More than anything I don’t know why we always have to compare artists and people. There will never be another Michael or Pac. And the two didn’t get together in some alternate universe to send us Chris Brown in place of their absence. He’s different and different is quite alright.
But that’s just me, perhaps I’m too in my feelings to see this clearly.
Does anyone else think that Michael Jackson + Tupac = Chris Brown?
Chris Brown is gearing up to gift loyal fans and the world his long-awaited seventh studio album, Royalty, next month.
Yesterday (Oct. 16) Brown revealed the album’s cover: a heartwarming, black-and-white photo of him cradling his adorable 17-month-old daughter, Royalty. Shot by famed photographer Francesco Carrozzini, the intimate portrait speaks to Brown embracing his new role as a father.
Since Royalty’s birth earlier this year, Brown has actively been cleaning up his act for the sake of her. “I think this was just a blessing in disguise with my daughter because I get a chance to look at her and teach her the right path and also be a father in my daughter’s life, he told Ryan Seacrest.
Aside issues with ex-girlfriend’s Karrueche and Nia Guzman and court cases, it’s apparent that the R&B superstar is ready to get back into the limelight for what people know him for best: singing and dancing his talented behind off.
Royalty arrives November 27.
Rihanna On Trying To Stay In An Abusive Relationship: “Maybe I’m One Of Those People Built To Handle Sh*t Like This”
In an extremely candid interview with Vanity Fair, Rihanna opened up about everything from her sex life to being assaulted by ex-boyfriend, Chris Brown. It appears that the “Monster” singer held nothing back as she explained why she tried to make things work with Chris, who she says was her last official boyfriend, after he began abusing her. Check out some highlights from her interview below.
On why she doesn’t have no-strings-attached sex “for fun”:
If I wanted to I would completely do that. I am going to do what makes me feel happy, what I feel like doing. But that would be empty for me; that to me is a hollow move. I would wake up the next day feeling like shit.
When you love somebody, that’s different. Even if you don’t love them per se, when you care enough about somebody and you know that they care about you, then you know they don’t disrespect you. And it’s about my own respect for myself. A hundred percent.
On media speculation about her love life:
Sometimes it’s the first time I’m meeting this person—and then all of a sudden I’m ‘with them.’ It freaks me out. This industry creates stories and environments that can make you uncomfortable even being friends with someone. If you see me sitting next to someone, or standing next to someone, what, I’m not allowed to do that? I’m like, are you serious? Do you think it’s going to stop me from having a friend?
I’m the worst. I see a rumor and I’m not calling [them] back. I’ve had to be so conscious about people—what they say and why people want to be with me, why people want to sleep with me…. It makes me very guarded and protective. I learned the hard way.
On men of today:
I always see the best in people. I hope for the best, and I always look for that little bit of good, that potential, and I wait for it to blossom. You want them to feel good being a man, but now men are afraid to be men. They think being a real man is actually being a p*ssy, that if you take a chair out for a lady, or you’re nice or even affectionate to your girl in front of your boys, you’re less of a man. It’s so sick. They won’t be a gentleman because that makes them appear soft. That’s what we’re dealing with now, a hundred percent, and girls are settling for that, but I won’t. I will wait forever if I have to … but that’s O.K. You have to be screwed over enough times to know, but now I’m hoping for more than these guys can actually give.
On her uneventful sex life:
That’s why I haven’t been having sex or even really seeing anybody because I don’t want to wake up the next day feeling guilty. I mean I get horny, I’m human, I’m a woman, I want to have sex. But what am I going to do—just find the first random cute dude that I think is going to be a great ride for the night and then tomorrow I wake up feeling empty and hollow? He has a great story and I’m like … what am I doing? I can’t do it to myself. I cannot. It has a little bit to do with fame and a lot to do with the woman that I am. And that saves me.
It is lonely, but I have so much work to do that I get distracted. I don’t have time to be lonely. And I get fearful of relationships because I feel guilty about wanting someone to be completely faithful and loyal, when I can’t even give them 10 percent of the attention that they need. It’s just the reality of my time, my life, my schedule.
I’m fine being with myself. I don’t want to really let anybody in. I’ve got too much on my plate, and I’m not even worried about it.
A very extraordinary gentleman, with a lot of patience, will come along when I least expect it. And I don’t want it right now. I can’t really be everything for someone. This is my reality right now.
On the person who leaked her bruised and battered photos to TMZ following the Chris Brown assault:
A very nasty woman who thought a check was more important than morals. That shocks you? A check trumps morals by miles.
On being pulled from the Super Bowl ticket because of the Ray Rice scandal:
You’re punishing me for what happened with Ray Rice? Well, I just never understood that, like how the victim gets punished over and over. It’s in the past, and I don’t want to say ‘Get over it,’ because it’s a very serious thing that is still relevant; it’s still real. A lot of women, a lot of young girls, are still going through it. A lot of young boys too. It’s not a subject to sweep under the rug, so I can’t just dismiss it like it wasn’t anything, or I don’t take it seriously. But, for me, and anyone who’s been a victim of domestic abuse, nobody wants to even remember it. Nobody even wants to admit it. So to talk about it and say it once, much less 200 times, is like … I have to be punished for it? It didn’t sit well with me.
On trying to work things out with Chris after the assault:
I was that girl. That girl who felt that as much pain as this relationship is, maybe some people are built stronger than others. Maybe I’m one of those people built to handle sh*t like this. Maybe I’m the person who’s almost the guardian angel to this person, to be there when they’re not strong enough, when they’re not understanding the world, when they just need someone to encourage them in a positive way and say the right thing.
[I thought I could change him] A hundred percent. I was very protective of him. I felt that people didn’t understand him. Even after … But you know, you realize after a while that in that situation you’re the enemy. You want the best for them, but if you remind them of their failures, or if you remind them of bad moments in their life, or even if you say I’m willing to put up with something, they think less of you—because they know you don’t deserve what they’re going to give. And if you put up with it, maybe you are agreeing that you [deserve] this, and that’s when I finally had to say, ‘Uh-oh, I was stupid thinking I was built for this.’ Sometimes you just have to walk away.
I don’t hate him. I will care about him until the day I die. We’re not friends, but it’s not like we’re enemies. We don’t have much of a relationship now.
When faced with a possible Australian performance ban stemming from his 2009 assault on ex-girlfriend, Rihanna, Chris Brown decided that he would attempt to turn a negative into a positive.
Tuesday, the 26-year-old expressed that he would be open to raising awareness surrounding domestic violence in Australia.
“I would be more than grateful to come to Australia to raise awareness about domestic violence. I’m not the pink elephant in the room anymore,” the singer tweeted. “My life mistakes should be a wake-up call for everyone. Showing the world that mistakes don’t define you. Trying to prevent spousal abuse. The youth don’t listen to parents nor do they listen to PSAs. The power that we have as Entertainers can change lives.”
I would be more than grateful to come to Australia to raise awareness about domestic violence.Im not the pink elephant in the room anymore
— Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) September 29, 2015
My life mistakes should be a wake up call for everyone. Showing the world that mistakes don't define you. Trying to prevent spousal abuse
— Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) September 29, 2015
The youth don't listen to parents nor do they listen to PSA's. The power that we have as Entertainers can change lives.
— Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) September 29, 2015
According to CBS News, the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand have also refused him visas in the past as a result of the assault.
Of course, some will say that Brown is only interested in taking on this cause for personal gain, but if done correctly and with the right intentions, it’s possible that he could make a difference and bring much-needed awareness to such a widespread issue.
It’s like a plot right out of a Tyler Perry stage play: A popular inner-city pastor gets fed up with the system and decides to run for public office.
Except this isn’t a Perry project. And Pastor Jamal Bryant is dead serious about running for Congress.
According to the Baltimore Sun:
The Rev. Jamal H. Bryant, an influential pastor of a Baltimore mega-church, said Monday he will run for the U.S. House seat held by Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, arguing that the city needs new leadership in Washington.
Bryant, a 44-year-old Democrat and pastor at the Empowerment Temple in Northwest Baltimore, told several dozen supporters gathered in Bolton Hill that city schools are falling short, the middle class is shrinking, crime is high and, in too many instances, the police are “out of control.”
But the dynamic preacher, who said he leads a congregation of 12,000, offered a mixed message on Cummings, an 11-term incumbent who is considering a run for Senate. Bryant would not commit to challenge Cummings should the lawmaker seek re-election.
“I represent a new generation that’s coming forward, this whole movement of activists that are emerging nationwide,” Bryant said. “I think that [Cummings] has laid a tremendous foundation of success to build on.”
According to the Sun, it is not clear how Bryant, who does not even live in the congressional district in which he hopes to represent, will differentiate himself from the beloved, long-term congressman. However, the popular pastor, who gained viral notoriety for his Chris Brown-inspired baby mamas and sanctified sissies sermon, aptly renamed the “These Hoes Ain’t Loyal” oration, also said this prior to his announcement:
“It’s time for a new generation of leadership to deal with the ill effects of racism and sexism in America,” Bryant said in his statement. “I am willing to engage those challenges and recognize that racism and sexism are unconstitutional and have no place in our culture.”
Now, some folks may think this is a good idea. After all, Bryant is a well-established fixture in the local Black Baltimore community. But Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk at the center of the same-sex marriage certificate debate, recently got me to thinking about why Thomas Jefferson valued the separation of church and state. Yes, I know, Jefferson was a huge slave owner. But a broken slave-owning clock can be right twice a day.
And I know that men of the cloth have successfully held political positions before. For instance, the late Senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was among the nine Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church members killed by a terrorist in Charleston, S.C. I also understand that Bryant has become a vocal and visible presence since the death of Freddie Gray, who was mortally wounded while in Baltimore police custody.
But as hundreds in the city marched and rallied in the streets in fiery resistance against the unjust killing of Gray, as well as to speak out against the frequent targeting of Black people by police in general, Bryant was busy talking. Specifically, Bryant had male members of his congregation stand guard between the officers and the protesters while he preached the need for peace and patience while the investigation into Gray’s death was ongoing.
And just a couple of hours after delivering the eulogy at Gray’s funeral, when protests and clashes with the police continued to rage on, Bryant went in front of the media and again preached the need for calm and peace. He chastised the protesters for not honoring “the day of closure” he helped to orchestrate.
And a month after the riots, Bryant stood beside embattled Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and admonished the Black community. He stated that Black folks need to be vigilant against all violence, including Black-on-Black crime, and that we need to work on “enlarging the narrative beyond Freddie Gray.” He later announced a three-day conference with famed healer and fellow dissenter of the Baltimore protests, Iyanla Vanzant, where the Black community would be divided by gender and told to work on our problems.
Bryant would also take some proactive, yet strategically political stances against the systemic violence waged against the community. Including leading members of the congregation in a protest against a proposed $30 million dollar youth prison by blocking traffic along a busy Baltimore interstate. This, of course, happened after the Baltimore uprising, when the media’s spotlight was still shining bright on stories in the area. It became apparent that Bryant is largely not interested in the transformation of the spirit of protests, which are currently happening around the country. Instead, he wants to make the movement more respectable. And he engages in the same sort of dated practice of love, personal morality, and conciliation, which has become quite common among not only Black religious leaders but politicians of today.
Say what you want, but it wasn’t waiting, peace, forgiveness, patience or working through the system, which got us answers in the Freddie Gray case. Rather, it was those folks who were brave enough to make noise out on the streets. They not only propelled the city, but the state of Maryland and Pastor Bryant to pay attention and do their damn jobs.
And while Bryant, though spirited, might make a good torch-carrier for Cummings’s existing legacy, if it is change and transformation folks want, particularly when it comes to those issues that were brought to light by the uprising in Baltimore, it is hard to see how Bryant can offer the people anything different.
Although some predicted that Chris Brown would have a long and nasty custodial battle ahead of him, it looks like his family court troubles have come to an end—at least for now.
According to TMZ, a Houston judge awarded the singer joint custody of his 1-year-old daughter, Royalty, Friday—and allowed him to take the tot home with him from the courthouse.
As you may recall, not only did Royalty’s mom want to deny the singer custodial rights, she also only wanted to allow him supervised visitation. Reportedly, Guzman believes that Brown’s lifestyle will put their child in harm’s way. A judge, however, saw things differently, so the parents will share 50/50 custody.
Brown also came out victorious in child support proceedings. He was ordered to continue paying $2,500 in child support, which is what he wanted all along; however, Guzman argued in the past that she should be entitled to $15,000 per month.
Lastly, Guzman has been instructed by the judge to refrain from speaking of the case and Brown on social media.
Chris Brown and Nia Guzman are scheduled to meet in court later this month to establish custodial rights of their 1-year-old daughter, Royalty. Unfortunately for Guzman, her ex-boyfriend, King Ba, has been in headlines in recent weeks because he’s wanted by police for allegedly forging checks, according to TMZ.
If you allow the rumor mill, to tell the story, King—who was initially named on the tot’s birth certificate—worked in cahoots with Guzman to carry out his criminal deeds. However, a representative for the mother of denying that his client had any involvement in his alleged schemes. Guzman’s spokesperson insists that she ended her relationship with him months ago.
“The allegations that have been made against Nia Guzman are completely false. Nia has not been in a dating relationship with Ba for several months, and she has no criminal record and has never took part in any criminal activity with Ba. Also, Nia is not trying to obtain any fame or additional money from Chris Brown other than the child support that is expected for the raising of their child and she asks that the press and general pubic would stop hurling false accusations at her and her daughter.”
TMZ is reporting that Brown will likely attempt to use the information collected about King’s legal woes against Guzman in court . The singer is currently seeking joint custody while Guzman is seeking full custody with supervised visitation for Brown.
The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards is right around the corner, and if the promos are any indications, the show is probably going to one of the most talked about television events of the summer. The VMAs are where both big moments happen and stars are made. Let’s take a look at 15 of the most epic VMA moments, ever.