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Watch This Sweet Video Of Chris Brown And Daughter Royalty For His Song “Little More”

December 18th, 2015 - By Kweli Wright
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Royalty is the Chris Brown album named for his one-year-old daughter, so it’s only right that the sweet little girls is featured in the visuals for his latest single, “Little More.”

The video begins really dark and sorted, like so dark that we had to check if we were watching the right clip. As Breezy lays his head down to sleep, ghosts from the past (with visuals from his previous videos) haunt his dreams. But thank goodness he wakes up to the sight of his daughter Royalty, and the playful, bright and adorable scene is set.

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It’s gushy and heartwarming to see Chris and his mini-me playing peek-a-boo, blowing bubbles, sipping tea and just running around the house.

 “Girl you got this heartlock on me, I don’t think that I can control it.”

We love this cute father-daughter video, check out the delicious reel for “Little More” below.

“MJ Didn’t Score 50 Every Night”: Chris Brown Explains Why His White Hot Holidays Performance Was White Hot Mess

December 10th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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I don’t know what it is about the holidays that just tears up the voices of popular singers. Last year Mariah Carey caught a lot of hell for a less than stellar performance of “All I Want For Christmas is You,” and now Chris Brown has found himself having to explain why he sounded hoarse while singing “This Christmas” recently.

The singer appeared on Fox’s holiday special, Taraji and Terrence’s White Hot Holidays, which aired last night, hosted by the Empire stars. He came out to do a medley of his songs “Back to Sleep” and his popular rendition of Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas,” and we all know the original is a staple in the homes of Black folks during the holidays. Dressed in a brown suit, Brown did his best, but struggled to hit quite a few of the notes. Instead of trying to scale back to sing in a register that would work for his ailing voice, Brown kept trying to hit those high notes, finding himself yelling at different parts throughout the song. Eventually, singer Tank came through to do a duet of the classic song while Brown focused on busting a move or two.

The performance was such a rollercoaster that the singer had to take to Twitter to explain that he’d been sick lately, and that’s why his voice was off.

#TweetAndDelete: #ChrisBrown says he hasn't been feeling his best but he still showed out tonight !

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He also said that even the greats, like his idol Michael Jackson, didn’t always deliver every night. Of course, I’ve never seen a shaky performance from the King of Pop in my life, but if you have footage of that somewhere, I’d like to see it…

 

I guess people had so much to say that even co-host Taraji P. Henson had to jump in and defend him.


True, true. That is all that really matters.

Brown has been out here performing pretty consistently to promote his new album, Royalty, which comes out on December 18. So it makes sense that his voice and body are tired. But what do you think? Was the performance even that bad? Check it out below and share your thoughts.

“The Odds Have Always Been Against Me” Omarion Is Mad He Wasn’t Nominated For Grammy

December 7th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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I haven’t thought about Omarion in years. But his reemergence on the show “Love and Hip Hop Hollywood,” seemed to show that he was a really nice person, witty and unfazed by all the drama his castmates seemed to thrive on. He was fun to watch.

Then he had the hit song “Post To Be” featuring Chris Brown and Jhene Aiko. It was all over the radio, super catchy and then there was that memorable line, “You gotta eat the booty like groceries.”

The song was real cute for the summer and in the clubs and stuff. But no one thought it was going to be anybody’s classic.

Well, not no one.

When the Grammy nominations were released recently, one fan said he was surprised to see Omarion’s R&B collabo didn’t make the list.

Not only did Omarion agree, this tweet (and perhaps a few cosigns) caused him to launch into a Twitter rant that has the internet reeling.

Here’s what he said:

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Then Omarion asked fans to name another R&B collaboration that was better than “Post To Be” that featured no rappers. He also referenced the fact that “Post To Be” had over 300 million views on YouTube.

And then, as if he hadn’t done enough damage, he put the nail in his own coffin with this last one.

Oh Lawd!

Yet another artist comparing himself to the Messiah. What does seducing a woman to leave her man have to do with the good works? But I’m sure, he wasn’t thinking that deeply. And that’s the problem with all these tweets. Omarion is so in his feelings, he can’t seem to see that he’s doing too much right now.

Listen, I get believing in yourself, even when others don’t. It’s an important life skill. But equally important is the ability to be both humble and honest. If Omarion were either of these qualities, we wouldn’t be talking about him right now. A humble person knows the value in letting others recognize them. Since Omarion wanted to reference Jesus, it was Him who said that when you’re invited to dinner, sit at the least important place at the table instead of taking the place of honor. Because there might be someone more deserving than you and when they show up, the host will have to ask you to get up, you’ll be humiliated.

That’s exactly what happened here.

If you look at the people nominated for the R&B awards: Jazmine Sullivan, Lalah Hathaway, Tyrese etc, you would see that “Post To Be” just doesn’t make the cut. When you position it next to that type of R&B music, you might realize it’s more pop than anything else. And it’s not just the Grammy nominating committee who’s not here for it. I doubt any of us will be listening to the song after 2015. I know I personally haven’t heard the song itself since the summer.

What I have heard is the “eat the booty like groceries” line. It was a cultural moment. Thankfully, it was featured in Omarion’s comeback single but…he isn’t the one who said it. The standout moment of the song came from his featured artist Jhene Aiko. It stands to reason that without that line, the song might not have made it as far as it did. For the longest, I only knew it as the “Eat The Booty Like Groceries Song.”

Omarion then goes on to say the odds have always been against him.

Bruh.

Do y’all know how many talented vocalists there are, in Black churches around America–who can sing circles around Omarion–and have never had a chance to work with the industry’s leading artists, sell millions of records and tour the world. Then when B2K fell off, Omarion kept the attention of fans with singles like “Touch” and “Icebox.” And when he fell off, even after that, he was invited to participate in “Love and Hip Hop,” where he reminded audiences that he was still around and making music.

If you ask me, it sounds like the odds were ever in his favor. #HungerGames

But all of that might change if homeboy keeps caping for this unworthy song.

And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Omarion was indeed recognized for this song. He won a Soul Train Award for it, in fact. But when they called his name for him to accept the award, he wasn’t in the spot.

So, he only wants a certain type of recognition, one that comes from White people. He likely would have been there for that presentation.

But y’all didn’t click in here to read an essay about the quest for White validation. That’s a little to heavy and you’d be here for another 10 minutes

The point is, “sometimes you have to encourage yourself.” #DonaldLawrence

Perhaps that’s what Omarion was doing when he started prophesying over his career. He said they should have his Grammys ready.

Well, alright boo.

Never say never.

With all that braggadocio he displayed on today, he’ll really have to show and prove.

Better luck next time, O.

Daily Show Staff Upset Over Chris Brown Appearance Due To Abusive Past, But Should They Be 6 Years Later?

December 1st, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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In case you haven’t heard, Chris Brown is set to be a guest on The Daily Show tonight–whether certain staff members like it or not.

According to The Daily Beast, his booking was something staff was split over due to Brown’s violent past. Several Daily Show staff members actually reached out to The Daily Beast to say that they were concerned about giving Brown a platform as an abuser. But they were told by the host, Trevor Noah, whose own mother was a victim of domestic abuse and was even shot in the face by her ex-husband, that a part of the interview would be used to bring light to domestic violence issues. And that’s the part of the article where I rolled my eyes.

I don’t want to hear Chris Brown apologize for his 2009 assault on Rihanna again. My ears can’t take it.

Not only because we’ve heard it time and time again; not only because it still won’t be enough to please people; not only because it will be weird to have such a serious discussion on a news satire comedy show; but because he’s the only famous person out here still apologizing for his past.

(And before you R. Kelly fans try to come at my head asking, “What makes Chris Brown different from R. Kelly?” know that Brown actually has taken responsibility for his actions. He dealt with the punishment for his decisions, both in the courtroom and in the public eye. We saw the evidence, and he admitted to his abuse. We saw the evidence for R. Kelly–the sex tape and the marriage to Aaliyah when she was 15, and he was 28 alone–and he still has nothing to say.)

I’m honestly a little disappointed to know that not only will his episode focus on those past decisions he’s atoned for, but that many of the staff reportedly were opposed to allowing him to sit across from Noah for what, 10 minutes?

Don’t get me wrong. I do know that these are some of the consequences that come with doing terrible things in the public eye. Particularly in the digital age when images of a battered Rihanna were passed around, as well as the stomach-turning police report. I do know that for years, Brown continued to behave poorly, getting in scuffles and Twitter beef with every Tom, Dick and Frank Ocean. And I do know that if you’ve ever been a victim of domestic abuse, or had loved ones who have been, seeing Brown get to continue with his success knowing the pain he inflicted is probably disgusting.

But I do wonder what it is that will make people happy when it comes to Brown.

It can’t be an apology. He’s apologized more than once. In articles, in interviews and more. And each time his apologies have been picked apart and dubbed as insincere.

It can’t be for him to struggle in his career, because for a time there, he did. There were radio stations that refused to play his music at one point, and when he released his album Graffiti in 2009, stores like Walmart weren’t even stocking it.

And it can’t be for him to be genuinely remorseful for his actions, because who is to say that he hasn’t been? And how remorseful is just the right amount of remorse? Do you need to pull a Robin Thicke and make an apologetic album that no one will buy? Do you need to get on stage and make a public decree? Do you need to be seen in public in tears for weeks on end? Well, that doesn’t work either, because when Brown did break down in an ugly cry at the BET Awards while performing “Man in the Mirror” a year after the assault, people claimed he was just putting on a show.

So I have questions. I guess I’m just trying to figure out the endgame here. Is it that we want to see this young man fall under the weight of his past mistakes to the point where he can no longer sing or dance in public? Do we want him to become a hermit? Do we want him not to grow as a person and father and just be a constant pariah? Are we going to keep forcing Rihanna to talk about that man and that situation until she meets and marries someone else? I’m genuinely interested in figuring out what it is people want to see happen to Brown, a man diagnosed with Bipolar II, over a mistake made when he was 19.

Are we all expected to pay for the mistakes we made for the rest of our lives? And not to get too preachy on you, but as long as Brown has repented to the people who matter in this situation, Rihanna, and God, do the rest of us really matter? Do our gripes with him really matter? Does our decision to look at him as the abuser who hurt us, or our friends or our loved ones really matter?

It’s not something he can run from. And here’s to hoping that one day he will be mature enough to say calmly, “Yeah, it’s something I truly regret. However, it’s something I learned and grew from, and as the father of a daughter, I hope to work to help prevent such abuse from happening to other women.” But to say all that on The Daily Show? On Comedy Central? Please. That’s not the place for it. Especially not when the host of the show whose staff is riled up about your appearance deemed your domestic episode comical enough to joke about years ago on Twitter (“I woke up and my face was puffy and swollen- I looked like I was in the car with chris brown.”). Not when that same show allowed Charlie Sheen to be a guest in 2003, despite him already having about three domestic violence incidents under his belt at that time, including shooting former fiancée Kelly Preston. And especially not on a comedy show with a group of people who don’t stand up for abused women, let alone abused Black women, any other time.

I Can’t Judge You If You Still Listen To R. Kelly

November 17th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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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.

45-Year-Old Mother Statutorily Rapes Daughter’s 13-Year-Old Boyfriend

November 6th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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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.

True Or False? Does Michael Jackson + Tupac = Chris Brown?

October 26th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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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.

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 Embraces Fatherhood On His ‘Royalty’ Album Cover

October 17th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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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”

October 6th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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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.

On dating:

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.

Chris Brown Wants To Raise Domestic Violence Awareness In Australia

September 30th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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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.”

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.

Thoughts?