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Why can’t Chris Brown catch a break?
Everyone makes mistakes. Some folks’ mistakes are worse than others. But still, the grand majority of us try to learn from those mistakes and then move on to make to make other, more age-appropriate errors (because you never stop growing, right?). But not Chris Brown. He has yet to move on. He is kind of stuck in Mistakeville. I would even go as far as to say that he is the king of Mistakeville.
Last week, Brown had his passport snatched by authorities in the Philippines after a religious organization filed a fraud complaint against him for failing to appear at a show, which was scheduled for last year. Now, what kind of religious sect would sponsor a concert featuring Chris Brown? Probably one that none of us would be a member of. Still, the group said that Brown owed them $1 million in payment for the canceled show and authorities said that until the dispute was settled, he was not allowed to leave the country.
After nearly a week of being held hostage in a foreign land, Brown was allowed to return to his home country. But not before begging the President of the United States, who is busy running the country and what not, to intervene. And by begging, I mean he uploaded a video of himself doing a backflip on Instagram.
As hilarious as this story is, it is also kind of sad. Not sad in a tragic sort of way. But sad in a “this is just pitiful” sort of way. Yes, it is true: I almost feel sorry for him. Chris Brown is a jerk. There is no denying that. Ever since his domestic violence incident involving Rihanna he has been involved in one public scandal after another. That includes many public spats, including issues with Robin Roberts, Drake, Frank Ocean, Tyson Beckford, Adrienne Bailon, Tamar Braxton and Raz B, to name a few. And then there are the lawsuits, the court dates, the child he had with another woman during his relationship with Karrueche Tran, and actual physical altercations.
For many, Brown is nothing more than an out of control and entitled pop star in need of a serious wake-up call. I sympathize with that sentiment. But I also believe that while Brown has acted with reckless abandonment, his so-called entitlement hasn’t really gotten him that far either.
I mean, just look at his White counterparts. Like Charlie Sheen, who has been accused multiple times of domestic violence, and other debauchery, too. Or even Shia LaBeouf, who may or may not have given his girlfriend a black eye while in Germany recently, but definitely said he “would have killed her” after a heated argument. The mainstream pretty much condones – if not encourages – their bad boy images. However, Brown is the only one still paying for his crimes publicly. No one would let him forget how he abused his girlfriend – even after he and the former flame in question decided to reconcile for a bit. And no one will cut him any slack either – not that they should.
But our outrage at men and their misogyny should be critiqued in fairness. And I just don’t see that happening with Brown.
Absent his stupidity, I really do believe that race plays a huge part in how we have come to relate to Brown publicly. If he were White, folks might be more inclined to think first about his mental illness – or at least use it as an excuse. A White man’s mental health is the first thing we think about whenever they find themselves in trouble. On the other hand, Brown suffers from both bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. And there are other traumas in his life that have impacted him, including being reared in a household where domestic abuse was common. Yet we tend to hold Brown, and only Brown, responsible for his actions.
I believe that this has a lot to do with how we come to hyper-masculinize Black male bodies. In general, we tend to take a Marlboro Man approach to masculinity. We don’t like them to cry. We feel like they should be strong and silent. We expect them to engage in risky behaviors. But we ultimately understand that masculinity is not inherently violent. However, with Black men, not only are they widely believed to be predators with a penchant for aggression and violence, but they are also viewed as unemotional monsters, incapable of self-control or empathy.
And how we have come to identify with Black male masculinity might be behind why Black men as a group tend to seek mental health treatment less than any other group. And it might be one of the reasons why we tend not to take their mental health seriously. Take for instance the case of Joshua Jones, the South Carolina man who in 2013 was convicted of killing his girlfriend and shooting a cop. Even though Jones had been diagnosed as schizophrenic and psychotic, and hissed and spoke a bunch of religious gibberish at the judge, a psychiatrist in the case said that Jones was fit to stand trial.
Now, granted, Brown hasn’t killed anybody (the only person who he is likely to hurt at this point is himself). And he does deserve the blame for some of his actions. After all, Black men know how the world feels about them and yet some of them, fearing no other way to exert their masculinity, still feed into the stereotype.
Still, we can’t ignore that his aggressive behavior along with social media outbursts are probably more the result of his untreated mental illness than him trying to live up to some public image of a bad boy.
And that is why I can no longer laugh at him.
Aside from Chris Brown’s traveling travesty while in Manila, Philippines, it looks like the singer definitely gave his international fans a show they will never forget.
During his performance, a shirtless Brown, serenaded the Macau crowd with his hit songs and extensive catalogue. However, he surprised all when his set list included ex-girlfriend Rihanna’s club banger “B*tch Better Have My Money.” Awkward, much? Then again, the two have made it known that they are friends and have a cordial relationship. No matter, the crowd still turned up with the notorious bad boy of R&B.
After gaining clearance to leave the country, Brown is headed to Hong Kong to perform for yet another sold out crowd. He also teased a collaboration with singer Rita Ora on his Instagram just hours before hopping on a flight.
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In an emotional Instagram post shared on Tuesday, Chris Brown expressed that he finally heard God’s voice for the first time. According to Brown, who has experienced his share of turmoil, the turning point came when he grew weary with sitting back and allowing “the f-cking devil” to ruin his life.
The “Don’t Judge Me” singer went on to say that many men in his particular situation would not hesitate to commit suicide and that he sincerely desires to avoid self-destruction. Read his full post below.
When u tired of the fucking devil ruining your life and u hear God speak for the first time. No one knows what I deal with on a day to day. The average man wouldn’t hesitate to blow his fucking brains out but that’s the cowards way out… Most won’t understand the genius and beauty in change and learning and the people who have devilish intentions will win in the short term. My soul will always be pure of heart.
What’s on the surface always looks like one big party but inside there is a little boy looking for help and guidance. People say “be a man.” Yeah, that’s right but it doesn’t take away any pain you really go through. I just wanna stay out the way and do music. Most importantly and great father. I don’t have any more patience for anything that will cause me to self-destruct!!
When u tired of the fucking devil ruining your life and u hear God speak for the first time. No one knows what I deal with on a day to day. The average man wouldn't hesitate to blow his fucking brains out but that's the cowards way out… Most won't understand the genius and beauty in change and learning and the people who have devilish intentions will win in the short term. My soul will always be pure of heart. What's on the surface always looks like one big party but inside there is a little boy looking for help and guidance. People say "be a man". Yeah, that's right but it doesn't take away any pain you really go through. I just wanna stay out the way and do music. Most importantly and great father. I don't have any more patience for anything that will cause me to self destruct!!
It’s quite obvious that Chris has been suffering from some personal demons for a long time now. It’s great to hear that he has experienced this breakthrough he’s speaking about; and hopefully, he is able to stick with his decision to leave the harmful habits, behaviors and people behind.
Chris Brown has become the victim of yet another home invasion after three armed robbers forcefully entered his home in the San Fernando Valley Tuesday, TMZ reports.
The masked intruders showed up at the singer’s residence at approximately 2:00 a.m. and pushed their way past Brown’s aunt, who went to the door after hearing a commotion. The men took her hostage, shoved guns in her face, and ordered her to wait in the closet. They then proceeded to ransack the house, making a clean getaway with money and other property. After their departure, Brown’s aunt called 911, but the men were long gone when police arrived. The “Loyal” singer was not present at the time of the robbery.
Of course, this isn’t the first time a security breach at Brown’s home has put him and house guests in harm’s way. Back in May, 21-year-old Amira Ayeb was arrested and charged with felony trespassing after she was discovered naked in his bedroom.
During a recent interview with Ryan Seacrest, Karrueche Tran seemed to offer a tiny bit of hope regarding a potential reunion with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown. While the actress did not offer a definite answer to reconciliation questions, she seemed more open to it than she has in the past. She also discussed returning to the dating world. Check out some highlights from her interview below.
On working retail at Nordstrom before the fame:
I did. I worked retail for about three years there. I was a personal shopper in the Men’s Department. Anybody could come in, and we could take them around the store or help them out.
It’s so much better than girls. Guys don’t know what they’re doing, so it’s like, “Wear this. Wear that.” And they’re like, “Okay.”
On the possibility of reconciling with Chris:
Us getting back together, I can’t say. I don’t know what the future holds. As of right now, I’m just completely focused on myself.
On where their relationship currently stands:
There’s no drama between us. It’s cordial. It’s cool. It’s peaceful. I don’t like drama. Period.
On their past social media feuds:
It’s unfortunate that sometimes it does go a little too left, and things are said that probably shouldn’t be said online because people are just invested in the drama and the craziness.
I’m not trying to date anybody. I just want to figure out me and grow within myself.
I couldn’t event think to date somebody right now. I just don’t even want to go down that road. And I haven’t met anybody yet.I feel like all guys are the same. All men are dogs! No, I’m just playing. I want it to happen naturally.
Last month, Chris also spoke with Ryan about a possible reunion with Karrueche, saying:
I just feel like – it’s a time thing. There’s still love there. I’m not a hateful person, you know. Of course, I still love her. But mentally right now, everything takes time. I just need to focus on being the best father I can be.
Check out a clip from Karrueche’s interview below
Earlier this month, we told you that Chris Brown‘s co-parenting relationship with his daughter’s mother, Nia Guzman, became a bit strained due to issues concerning child support. Unfortunately, this dispute has spilled over into social media and Guzman’s mother has gotten involved.
Guzman’s mom left a comment beneath an Instagram photo stating that her granddaughter is in need of a security guard. She wrote:
She needs security even when she’s with Nia, she needs to go to private school and she needs to live in a gated community for his own daughter’s safety.
Brown, clearly frustrated with the platform she chose to discuss these issues, responded with stern words about the child support dispute:
Obviously you aren’t looking out for my daughter by putting personal issues up on Instagram. I’m not gonna be disrespectful and rude about this becuz I know and they know I provide and take care of my daughter equally. I work and have a job and so will the mother. I actually stepped up to the plate to be a father and haven’t complained once. And deep down you know y’all on some bs. Not here to bash anyone nor be confrontational. I filed for joint custody. “EQUAL” custody. No kid needs $4k a week. Especially when I have her 2weeks out of the month. So this is the last time I’m ever saying my peace on this issue. Let the courts handle everything else so we can handle the matter as civil adults. Telling all your business is childish and is not setting a good loving environment for ROYALTY. I have no ill intentions and I love my daughter. #godbless.
As previously reported, Brown filed court documents to establish paternity of Royalty in an effort to establish reasonable child support and custodial agreements with the courts.
We have to say, we’re pretty impressed with how he’s handling this.
In a perfect world, co-parenting relationships consist of two individuals amicably working together to provide a happy and comfortable life for the children that they share. However, as we know, things don’t always work out that way. Sometimes, parents are unable to see eye to eye and are forced to involve the courts. Unfortunately, things between Chris Brown and his daughter’s mother, Nia Guzman, have taken a turn for the worse.
According to TMZ, Brown filed court documents to establish paternity of his 1-year-old daughter, Royalty, following disagreements with Guzman over child support. Once paternity is established with the courts, Brown will be awarded the right to fight Guzman in court over paternity and child support.
Reportedly, Brown has been paying $2,500/month in support payments, which he feels is a fair amount, but Guzman is hoping requesting monthly checks to the tune of $15,000/month. To end the feud, which Brown is alleging resulted in Guzman’s refusal to allow him to see Royalty, the “Loyal” singer is asking that a judge set the monthly payment amount.
In addition to establishing reasonable monthly child support payments, Brown is asking that the courts assist him in solidifying custodial guidelines. Apparently, the 26-year-old feels that Guzman has been denying him the right to see Royalty.
After catching wind of the reports, Guzman headed over to The Shade Room’s Instagram account to respond.
“LIES LIES LIES,” she commented.
“TISK TISK TISK,” she followed up.
It is unclear specifically which part of the filing Guzman feels is being fabricated.
Guzman did not immediately return our request for comment.
With the 2015 BET Awards going down this weekend, we decided to take a look at some of the best tributes, reunions, performances, and hilarious moments from the award show over the years. What’s your favorite moment?
Trey Songz stopped by “The Breakfast Club” yesterday to chit chat with Charlemagne, DJ Envy and Angela Yee about the success he’s been enjoying from theTrigga Reloaded album, wanting kids, Chris Brown and some of the drama that comes along with being such a sex symbol.
Check out some of the excerpts from the interview below and then watch the full thing on the next page.
On touring with his friend Chris Brown
Charlemagne: Do you ever have conversations with Chris Brown like ‘You f**kin’ up the money bro?”
I mean I’ve had many conversations with him about the money, about his personal well being all that. But what Chris got going on with Chris, Chris got to figure out. No matter who talks to him. And I think it’s beautiful that’s he’s just being a father in his daughter’s life right now. It’s dope. I pray for Chris. I pray for all my friends. I think he’s under a lot of scrutiny. And it’s very hard. The difference between me and Chris, I tell people all the time, is Chris was 15 when we started. I was 20. It was different. Chris went straight up the pop charts. It took me a cool four years to see the amount of sex–success he had initially.
Charlemagne: You said amount of sex. *Cackles*
That’s cliche. I was trying to say success. Yeah, Chris was having so much sex. Yeah… so you know for me, I was already a man perse when this happened and the slower escalation of success. It got me a chance to actually wrap my mind around what it is. But when you actually become a person and figuring out who you are in front of people, and then you have something crazy happen in your life. People build you all the way up to try to tear you down.
Everyone knows that Trey’s nickname is “Mr. Steal Your Girl.” Late last year, the moniker led to questions and speculations about him being involved in the death of “Hit The Floor” dancer Stephanie Moseley.
See what he had to say about that incident:
I actually was really in a crazy place in my mind at that time. Because to place somebody’s death on somebody else, without knowing the dealings. Just based off speculation and wanting website hits and wanting this generation to get this…that’s sad. That’s real sad. You don’t know what spirits you playing with. And I won’t go into the depth of the situation because I respect the woman we’re talking about. I respect her family and I don’t want to talk negatively about anything in the situation. But it’s a sad story. Did anybody lose their life because of me? No. Point, blank period.
On wanting to have children
Charlemagne: Have you caught the Daddy Bug yet?
Man I want kids. I’ve been wanting children before you could even imagine. I raised all the kids in my family. My younger brother, he’s 20-years-old, he just had his first child. I remember when he was a child. I used to burp him change his diapers, now he got a baby, so…
Charlemagne: Just take the condom off
Naw. I don’t think it’s that simple for me. You just want to take the condom off, that sounds a little crazy. It’s more to it than that, I would like to believe. No, but I want kids, I want a family all of that. But I’m not in a rush to do it because people think that’s what should be happening in my life or that I need kids or my momma been begging me for a grand baby or any of that, I just want to make sure that it’s the right decision.
Charlemagne: That’s important you say that because a lot of girls think that only happens to them, like as they get older people are like ‘You gotta have a baby now!’ ‘You gotta have a family.’ No, guys get that too!
No everybody. My whole family. Every time I come home. Now, I got a nephew, they want me to have a baby like six months from now.
Angela: But I’m sure they’re very concerned about who you have a baby with.
Naw, actually they not too much, at this point.
I just was actually talking about it earlier with my friend. I remember a couple years ago, I had to go take a couple of tests. I actually didn’t know these people who were claiming that I had children. This is the type of stuff that I keep out of the media. It was a couple of accusations. Throughout my career, it’s happened a few times. I remember my momma went with me. And I was like ‘Momma, it’s cool. I don’t know this girl.’ She was like ‘But, if it is yours, we gotta see it for the blessing it is. And it’s going to be…’ No! I don’t know who this person is.
See what he said about the special woman in his life and monogamy on the next page.