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Last night the BET Awards aired at 8 p.m. ET. The night, packed with appearances and performances, also served as a platform for redemption for several stars. Here is my list:

1. Alicia Key’s Body– You may have thought that because Alicia Keys is pregnant she would stay seated in the audience at the award show. Nope. The 29 year old singer, carrying Switzz Beats’ child, performed several times at the show. During her tribute to “Life-Time Achievement Award” winner Prince, she got up from behind her piano, climbed on top, arched her back and proceeded to finish singing “Adre.” Body let everyone know that it would not be defeated by a baby bump.

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2. Chris Brown– Brown plead guilty to assaulting then girlfriend  Rihanna in February 2009. Last night, Brown took the stage to tribute Michael Jackson. During “Man in the Mirror,” Brown broke down and crumpled to the floor crying. At the end of the night, he also won the “Viewer’s Choice Award.” During his acceptance speech he said that he was surprised he won and said to the audience”I let you all down before, but I won’t do it again. I promise you.”
3. T.I.- The rapper, who was released from jail after serving months, has already redeemed himself before, during and after his arrest. Still, Last night’s performance was his first major one after being released in December after serving for gun possession charges.
4. Kanye West– Last year West was heavily criticized after interrupting county singer Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech. In addition, many media outlets have reported that the usually boisterous singer has been quiet and avoidance of the spotlight. Last night, Kanye opened the award show by  emerged from a makeshift mountain.
5. El DeBarge– the singer from the 1980s group Debarge sang old and new songs from his upcoming album-the first in 16 years. He had kept a low profile after several arrests for drug possession and domestic violence.
6. Eminem- performed his new single, “Not Afraid.” The rapper recently overcame drug addiction.
Honorable mentions:

7. Janelle Monae– She never needed anyone’s approval or acceptance. The singer proved it again last night while singing Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.” Electric.

8. Nicki Minaj- Not that she needed to be redeemed. but if she needed reassurance, she got it by winning “Female Hip-Hop Artist,” “Best New Artist”and when Young Money won “Best Group.”

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Courtesy of Google Images

Courtesy of Google Images

 

 

According to People, Chris Brown has withdrawn his name from consideration at the Kids’ Choice Awards.

On Wednesday, his rep released this statement:

Chris very much appreciates the support of his fans and the honor they have paid him in the way of nominations for Favorite Male Singer and Favorite Song. Unfortunately, the controversy surrounding the incident last month has shifted the focus from the music to whether he should be allowed to be among those nominated. While Chris would like to speak to his fans directly about this and other issues, pending legal proceedings preclude his doing so at this time. Once the matter before him has been resolved, he intends to do so.

Do you agree with Browns decision? Most importantly, do you think he would have won?

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Chris Brown going to court, Courtesy of TMZ

Chris Brown going to court, Courtesy of TMZ

Today, singer Chris Brown stood before a judge concerning his alleged assault against Feb 8th with girlfriend Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty. According to TMZ.com, the session took roughly 4 minutes and 20 seconds.

In court, Brown and his attorney Mark Geragos did not enter a plea to the two felony charges he is facing. According to CNN, authorities have charged Brown with felony counts of assault and making criminal threats. If he is convicted, his punishment ranges from probation to four years and eight months in prison. 

While in court, the judge granted the pop singer’s request to move the arraignment to April 6th. Someone tell me why. While in court, Brown also signed a waiver of presence….This document  allows his lawyer to act on his behalf… meaning that he will not have to show up to any minor court proceedings before April.

The judge did give the Brown the command that “You are not to annoy, harass, molest, threaten or use force or violence against anyone.”

I was able to read the police’s report of what happened to Rihanna that unfortunate night. It is graphic.

Here is the police report:

http://www.aolcdn.com/tmz_documents/0305_chris_02_wm.swf

 

I know that I am supposed to stay professional…but…..I was shocked and disgusted…
People joke around and say, Rihanna angered him and made him hit her. Rihanna should have hit him back. Rihanna should have jumped out of the car. Rihanna is a softie. I disagree with all of these statements. Even if Brown did anger Rihanna, he did not have to go as far as to hit her repeatedly. He did not have to lose control of his anger. Rihanna fighting back would have been ideal, but she was probably in pain and in shock. Do you know what it is like to be a young woman and have a male yelling over you? I have been in that situation (verbal) and it is intimadating. You want to step back and protect yourself but your feet can barely move. Rihanna did everything but jump out of the car- she tried to call someone twice, gauge out his eyes and curled into the fedal position to protect herself. It is very scary when you are up against a man who is stronger than you I myself was scared and shocked. To have someone you love and trusted standing over you cussing you out…….I can barely imagine what Rihanna went through to have it turn violent. This a serious matter.

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Rumors and reports have circulated that Rihanna and Chris Brown spent the weekend in Miami. These reports follow a  previous alleged domestic violence between the young pop singers in early February. Though Rihanna was not spotted with Brown in Miami, a photo of Brown was snapped this weekend. E!Online has speculated that the couple stayed at Sean “Diddy” Combs‘ Star Island mansion in Miami Beach. On Sunday, both musical sensations were spotted at the Miami International Airport late Sunday night. The online source has also said that Brown spend time in the sunny city working on his next album.  

Rihanna’s father, Ronald Fenty, said to Us Weekly: “I love my daughter with whatever road she takes.”I’m behind her win or lose. I will be supportive. If that’s the road she wants to choose, I’m behind her. I hope to see her soon. I talked to her after her birthday, and she told me she’s OK.”

Chris Brown in jetting in Miama, Courtesy of E!Online

Chris Brown in jetting in Miami, Courtesy of E!Online

 

It was reported earlier on Feb. 26 by E! Online that the”Disturbia” singer was in Punta Mita, Mexico. 

Rihanna in Mexico, Courtesy of Google Images

Rihanna in Mexico, Courtesy of Google Images

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On February 19th the celebrity gossip site TMZ released a photo of singer Rhianna after an allegedly by fellow Grammy nominee Chris Brown.

It was reported by TheMediaBuffet.com, the source who released the photo was paid $62.5K by TMZ. They also reported that regularly, TMZ pays a relative or friend of the source within 24 hours.

Unfortunately, according to the website, the release of the photo could hinder the legal case against Brown. The release of the photo may manipulate the fairness that Brown should be give by a jury. Brown is supposed to be seen as a alleged a attack, not an already convicted criminal. Now, charges could be dropped. 

A source within the Los Angeles Police Department commented that,“Brown, even if guilty, could walk free because of the unauthorized release of this photo.”

TMZ’s Executive Producer Harvey Levin said on “On the Record” that when he first received the phtot, he did not know that it was the real one from the police department. 

The LAPD began receiving questions about the release of the Rhianna photo the day before it was posted on TMZ.com. Below is a direct link to the original news release of the photo from the police department.

http://www.aolcdn.com/tmz_documents/021909_lapd_statement_1.pdf

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Chris Brown- Courtesy of Google Images

Chris Brown- Courtesy of Google Images

 

 

“Words cannot begin to express how sorry and saddened I am over what transpired. I am seeking the counseling of my pastor, my mother and other loved ones and I am committed, with God’s help, to emerging a better person…..Much of what has been speculated or reported on blogs and-or reported in the media is wrong.”

-Chris Brown, via publicist Michael Sitrick.

 

 

 

 

Chris Brown finally made a statement about the assault charges made against him earlier this month. Many media outlets have made statements about the case as though they actually knew what had happened. Brown remaining silent opened the flood gates for rumors. Fans and fellow celebrities have also probed from Brown to speak out. Still, I cannot slander Brown for remaining mute.

Though we all feel as though we know Chris Maurice Brown, the truth is that we do not. Brown does not belong to us. He is his own person. And at the moment, he is a person who is at the mercy of the law. Not at the mercy of  record sells or concert attendance……but the law. His lawyers may have advised him not to disclose what happened that tragic night. I don’t blame them. This is a serious matter. Any other defendant would need to stay quiet about a case. Brown needs to take this time to get his words for the court in order.

Not reporters.

 

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This week artists Chris Brown and Rhianna were scheduled to sing at the Grammys. However

Courtesy of Google Images

Courtesy of Google Images

,both canceled their performances and did not show up to the Grammys. Entertainment Weekly reported that the couple was involved in a car crash. Fans and reporters learned later that that information was false.

 

 Chris Brown was voluntarily turned himself in to the LAPD’s Wilshire station in L.A., Ca. He was released on $50,000 bail. 

According to E! Online, Brown and Rhianna were in the Hancock Park area at 12:30 a.m. They were heading  driving home from Clive Davis’s pre-Grammy party.  

Allegedly the couple got in an argument about Chris Brown receiving a text message from another girl. Chris pulled over and the argument escalated. Allegedly Chris repeatedly hit Rhianna in the face with her fist. Rhianna got out of the car. A woman called 911 when she heard Rhianna’s screams. 

Many news sites such as E! news, CNN, TMZ and People are reporting that Chris Brown beat Rhianna as though they know 100%. Celebrities have also been interviewed about the case.

I, for one, am tired of people reporting the Chris Brown matter before the police report is released. NO one but Chris and Rhianna know for sure what happened. As journalist, we should not be reporting news until we know all of the facts. I am extremely annoyed.

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