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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.


Why I Am Not Enthused About Rev. Jamal Bryant’s Run For Congress

September 15th, 2015 - By Charing Ball
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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.


Chris Brown Wins Joint Custody Of Daughter, Will Only Pay $2,500 In Child Support

September 11th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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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.

Royalty’s Mom Denies Involvement In Ex’s Alleged Criminal Dealings

September 1st, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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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.

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Remember That Time Beyoncé Announced Her Pregnancy? 15 Epic VMA Moments

August 30th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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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.

Chris Brown’s “25 Things You Didn’t Know About Me” Might Explain Some Things

August 27th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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We’ve all known for some time that Chris Brown is a conflicted, troubled person, in need of some serious help. But in a recent piece published by Us Weekly, he sat down and listed 25 little-known facts about himself, seems to nail that point home even further.

I’ve said on several occasions that I root for Chris to win. Though he still struggles, publicly. I still believe he wants to do and be better. And I’m hoping he reaches that place. I’m not trying to encourage anyone else to feel that way though.

If you still loathe Chris and have decided that’s how you’ll always feel about him, I’m certainly not trying to persuade you to change your mind.

But since you’re here, go ahead and check out some of the more interesting revelations from his interview below.

1. I am a neat freak.

5. I own 14 Burger Kings.

6. I paint monsters that are mirror images of people’s negative views of me.

11. I recently went to church for the first time in 15 years and loved it.

14. I bought my mom a $1 million dollar house when I was 15 years old. 

15. I don’t eat beef or pork.

16. I talk to a pastor twice a week.

17. When I was 6, I witnessed a relative attempt to commit suicide.

20. I smile a lot because this world doesn’t allow for people to cry.


22. I love dancing with my daughter [Royalty, 15 months]. 

23. I love to help choose my daughter’s outfits.

25. I think the best thing God created was a woman.

You can read Chris’ full list of little known facts over at Us Weekly. 

Did any of these things surprise you?

Chris Brown Names New Album After Daughter

August 24th, 2015 - By Kweli Wright
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Chris Brown is showing just how much fatherhood has changed him by naming his next album after his daughter, Royalty.

Just this past weekend, the 26-year-old singer and doting dad took to Twitter to make the announcement about the dedication to his one-year-old.

On his Instagram, we can’t help but gush over the images on his timeline featuring his mini-me. Whether we see Royalty hanging with Chris, attending dad’s shows, spending time with grandma (Chris’ mom) or doing her own dances, Royalty, has obviously made a big impact on the sometimes-troubled R&B star’s life.

According to ET Online, the singer gushed about the “humbling” experience of fatherhood at the 2015 BET Awards. “Being a father is great. I’ve been able to set aside my own wants and necessities for my daughter,” he said. “Everything is about her.”

The new album follows 2014’s X and is said to be a fall release.

Brown is currently on the road for the 25-day “One Hell of a Nite Tour,” with support that includes Fetty Wap, Kid Ink, Omarion and Teyana Taylor.

Remaining 2015 Chris Brown tour dates:
Aug. 26 – Holmdel, N.J. @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 28 – Saratoga Springs, N.Y. @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Aug. 29 – Boston, Mass. @ Xfinity Center
Aug. 30 – Wantagh, N.Y. @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
Sept. 1 – Birmingham, Ala. @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Sept. 3 – Miami, Fla. @ American Airlines Arena
Sept. 4 – Tampa, Fla. @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sept. 5 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Sept. 9 – Austin, Texas @ Austin360 Amphitheater
Sept. 10 – Dallas, Texas @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
Sept. 12 – Albuquerque, N.M. @ Isleta Amphitheater
Sept. 15 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ US Airways Center
Sept. 17 – San Diego, Calif. @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sept. 18 – Anaheim, Calif. @ Honda Center
Sept. 19 – Concord, Calif. @ Concord Pavilion

Chris Brown Hints That Royalty’s Mother Is Using Her As A “Meal Ticket”

August 8th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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As the reported custody battle between Chris Brown and the mother of his child Nia Guman-Amey continues, the R&B singer spoke out on the drama that has ensued.

Notorious for venting on social media, Brown took his baby mama drama to Twitter, of course. While he didn’t mention Amey specifically, he did discuss women using their children as “meal tickets” and even leverage against fathers. This comes after Amey recently requested $15,000 a month for the child support of their daughter Royalty after the two agreed on $10,000 a month.


According to an exclusive source from Hollywood Life, Amey is disgusted with Brown’s poor parenting. “He will drop millions on cars, rims, tires, Jordan sneakers—all that fabulous crap–but won’t make sure Royalty’s living in the lap of luxury,” says the source.

Is Breezy in the wrong for taking his family drama to Twitter?


Crazy in Love: 15 Artists Who Collaborated With Their Boos On Hit Songs

July 30th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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There’s always a special spark when two artists make love and art together. While the unions may not always last, the music lives on forever. Popular music is at its best when couples collaborate. Check out 15 artists who put their boos on the track and made beautiful (or at least decent) music together.

Why Don’t We Pay Attention To Chris Brown’s Mental Health Issues?

July 28th, 2015 - By Charing Ball
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Why can’t Chris Brown catch a break?

No, really.

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.