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February 28th, 2009
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The latest rumor is that Chris has reunited with Rihanna in Miami at Diddy’s Star Island Mansion. Well, the recent pictures seem to prove the story. Click the image above to see the pics of Chris, Mama Joyce, and friends having some fun in the sun on Friday. No sight of Rihanna, but you can see some of her people (stylists, friends, etc….). Maybe she was inside the house.

SOURCE: Socialite Life




February 28th, 2009
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Numerous tabloids, tv shows, and gossip websites are reporting that Chris Brown and Rihanna have made up. According to multiple sources the two are spending time together at one of Diddy’s mansions near the Miami, Florida area.

MTV reached out to Rihanna, Chris, and Diddy’s camps, but did not recieve a response regarding the current rumor about the two superstars being reunited.

Behind the cut are the articles from MTV.com, People, and UsMagazine.
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February 28th, 2009
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February 27th, 2009
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In an exclusive update, Celebuzz has obtained details on the island property where embattled couple Chris Brown and Rihanna have reportedly reunited.

People magazine reports the pair have enlisted the help of Sean “Diddy” Combs and his extravagant home on Miami’s Star Island.

“It’s like a compound,” a source tells Celebuzz, “there are two guest properties, one of which where [Combs' mother] Janice lives when she visits. The gem is the main house, however.”

And what a gem. It counts neighbors like Gloria Estefan in walking distance. The property was acquired by Combs from record honcho Tommy Mottola for $20 million, fully furnished complete with original safari prints by artist Peter Beard.

“The house is very minimal, very zen,” the source said. “It’s where Diddy goes to get away.”

If Rihanna and Brown, 20 and 19 respectively, are indeed holed up on the island, it’s only in the lap of luxury.

The property gates are adorned with the rapper’s initials “PD,” for P. Diddy. A large statue of buddah greets guests at the main house entrance, followed by a grand foyer lined with river rocks.

“The formal dining room is gorgeous and the focal point of the house, but the kitchen is where everyone congregates,” the source said.

The commercial-sized kitchen leads to a veranda that spans the entire home, drenched in wicker furniture overlooking a grey stone pool, also lined in river rocks.

“Staff is everywhere, there’s a chef on call 24-hours, and he only burns Dyptique Baies candles.”

Guests of Diddy’s at the retreat have included Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett-Smith, Bruce Willis and baseball star Derek Jeter.

The show-stopper, however, is an epic dock capped off in a lush cabana overlooking the water.

“You could anchor a Carnival cruise [on the dock],” says our source.

Reps for Brown and Rihanna could not be reached for comment.
SOURCE: Celebuzz




February 26th, 2009
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In an effort to make himself look better in the court of public opinion, Brown reportedly began taking anger management classes Monday, February 23rd, in Glendale, California. “Chris doesn’t actually have to go by law,” an insider tells New York Daily News’ Gatecrasher, “but he believes it will make him look better to the public, and he wants to try to get in a few classes before March 5,” his court date. While reports say the court date might be pushed back, Rihanna is expected to testify.

SOURCE: Rolling Stone




February 26th, 2009
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As a fitting addition to Black History Month, recording artist, actor and philanthropist David Banner, discussed the topic “Black on Black Crime,” at South Carolina State University’s 2nd annual Hip-Hop Symposium on Feb. 16.

Banner, whose real name is Levell Crump, spoke about his experience in the music business, his time in college and the work he is doing to educate African Americans about the hate we spread among each other.

Banner said hip-hop is sick because America is sick. “Most problems that you have in hip-hop can be directly connected with something that is actually going on in society,” he said. “If there is a lot of violence in America, there usually a lot of violence in American music.”

Banner also lamented the treatment of Chris Brown by the media and by black people in general. “Why do we allow young black men to be crucified the way that we do and we do not stand up for each other,” he said.

“The same thing happens in hood, all the rappers are talking about Chris Brown, but they do not stand up when all these kids in the hood are getting murdered every day.”

Eminem, he said, can sing about beating his wife or even do it, and nobody will pull his records of the radio station. He went on to say that rock groups are perpetuating violence every day, but do not face the same consequences. “I remember when they took Ludacris off the Pepsi commercial and replaced him with who…..Ozzy Osbourn, the man who bit the head off a bat and smothered feces all over himself.”

According to press reports, Ludacris lost an endorsement deal with Pepsi in 2002 when The O’Reilly Factor host Bill O’Reilly attacked the soft drink manufacturer for supporting an artist whom O’Reilly described to have socially irresponsible lyrics.

The blame, Banner says, lies with us, the consumers, who support music with violent lyrics. “Do you know why rappers beef?” he said. “Rappers beef, because yall buy it, and yall go on the internet and read it.”

Despite this, Banner,who was the Student Government Association President when he attended Southern University Baton Rouge, definitely considers himself an advocate of hip-hop, and plans to continue with his music career. He also is eager to begin creating his own films.

Banner has released five albums with hits like “Crank It Up” and “Ain’t Got Nothing.” He starred in the 2007 film Black Snake Moan and in the Adult Swim cartoon show “That Crook’d ‘Sipp” in 2007.

Sherman Pyatt, chairperson of the symposium, said the event was organized to bring awareness to a very important social issue in our community. “We hope to encourage our students, faculty, staff and the Orangeburg community to identify problems, search for answers, and discuss these issues in a critical manner.”

SOURCE: Black College Wire




February 26th, 2009
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Chris Brown was a no-show at the Grammys. Now it looks like his next scheduled appearance might be off, too.

An initial arraignment date was set for March 5 following his arrest earlier this month for his altercation with Rihanna. But that court appearance “may not happen,” Los Angeles district attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison tells E! News.

“We don’t have the evidence yet. [Los Angeles police detectives] are still investigating,” says Robison, who doesn’t expect her office to receive the case until at least next week.

“If [detectives] determine they need more time they’ll set a new date for him to come into court,” says Robison.

Once the LAPD finishes its investigation and presents the D.A. with the evidence, Robison says prosecutors must decide whether to file felony charges, reject the charges if the evidence is insufficient, or refer the case to the city attorney’s office if they decide the behavior was simply a misdemeanor violation.

Depending on the decision, Brown may not even have to appear in court. “He only has to come back if and when we file charges,” says Robison.

On Wednesday, an LAPD source also told E! News, “The D.A. is being even more thorough than usual with this case. They don’t want to mess it up.”

Prosecutors ordered the LAPD to seek evidence for a variety of felonies, including domestic violence, assault resulting in great bodily injury and—based on specific allegations made by Rihannaeven attempted murder, a source close to the investigation told E! News.

But as they build their case, the source says, prosecutors fear that making any serious felony charges stick could prove difficult in a case where there are no direct witnesses other than Rihanna and Brown.

Brown was booked on suspicion of making a criminal threat and remains free on bail.

He released a statement on Feb. 15, his only public remarks since the incident, saying, “Words cannot begin to express how sorry and saddened I am over what transpired.”

While he has yet to face any formal charges, Brown has reportedly made a preemptive move to repair his shattered good-guy image.

According to the New York Daily News, the 19-year-old R&B star attended his first session this week in the Los Angeles area.

Should he be charged and convicted, such a course would almost be a certain part of his sentence.

The enrollment is said to have been masterminded by publicist/crisis manager Michael Sitrick, whom Brown hired in the wake of his arrest.
SOURCE: E! Online




February 25th, 2009
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Chris Brown x Bone Deep. All the blogs and news sources have been covering the fact that Chris is losing endorsement deals left and right, but now his check book is about to hurt even more as his once rising film career is now in serious trouble as well. Rumor has it that Sony Screen Gems, the studio that is releasing Chris’ next movie Bone Deep, is going to basically “erase” Chris from their marketing campaign.

The crime/action thriller which comes out Jan 8, 2010 was originally going to heavily market stars T.I. and Chris Brown to the urban demo but now T.I. will ironically be the main attraction (even though he’s going to jail) along with broader reaching actors Paul Walker and Hayden Christensen. Unofficial word has it that Chris will be “erased” from marketing material such as the movie poster, trailer and TV ads to avoid any controversy. The movie has already finished filming in Los Angeles so Chris will still be in the movie but just don’t expect to see much of him in the advertising.

Yeti says: This is bad news for Chris’ acting career. Being shunned from the music industry is one thing but Chris had a rising film career with his “boy next door” persona going on for him. If the rumors are true then he will lose millions in movie contracts from this fallout. The fact that he will be “erased” from this movie is just the first sign that Hollywood studios will be avoiding him like the plague as well. Chris’ agents and managers are hoping big time (and expensive) Hollywood PR man Alex Nierob can help save his career though…or what’s left of it.
SOURCE: Wooha.com

UPDATE: Chris’ official fanclub site says this is just a rumor!




February 24th, 2009
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Chris Brown and Bow Wow
Rapper Bow Wow, who is a friend of Chris Brown, recently opened up about the controversy surrounding Brown and the alleged abuse of his girlfriend, Rihanna.

Bow Wow admits that when he first heard the reports, he was skeptical. “I mean, being in the business, the first thing is ‘Ah, it’s false, another rumor, bloggers just wanting to have traffic to their site,’” Bow Wow told OK! magazine, “but when the story was unfolding, it was kind of shocking to all. Chris is a good friend of mine. We’ve had the opportunity to tour together. And then Rihanna, she’s just a beautiful person. Period. Never done no wrong to nobody.”

The young musician continued, “At the end of the day I’ve always believed in whatever happens with people’s business… my mom always told me don’t get into. And the situation is so major, I think they just need their space and I think they need to deal with it… I’m praying for them both.”

Bow Wow revealed that he was shocked by the picture of Rihanna that leaked last week, showing the starlet with a swollen lip, cuts and bruises on her face — reportedly at the hands of Brown. “Just shocking,” Bow Wow admitted. “I mean, we heard what happened, but we really didn’t get a visual for it. But I mean hey, man. The picture speaks for itself.
SOURCE: Extra




February 23rd, 2009
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Rihanna Considering Taking Chris Brown Back

Rihanna is considering taking Chris Brown back.

The “Umbrella” star is reportedly thinking about rekindling her romance with Chris, who is accused of assaulting her, after he bombarded her with gifts for her 21st birthday.

The 19-year-old singer sent Rihanna a host of presents including an iPod and diamond necklace and bracelet and also phoned her during her low-key party on Friday.

A source told the New York Daily News newspaper: “Chris called Rihanna to wish her a happy birthday. He’s absolutely trying to get back into her good graces. He knows he’s very much in the doghouse right now, and is doing everything he can to show her how sorry he is.

“Despite Rihanna‘s friends being against the reunion, the Barbados-born beauty is feeling lonely without Chris.

The source added: “Rihanna so wanted Chris with her on her big day, but obviously realizes why they can’t be together right now. But it’s becoming more and more clear that she can’t be without him.” Despite her recent troubles, the “Shut Up and Drive” singer managed to enjoy her casino-themed birthday party, held at a rented Hollywood house, and appears to be recovering from the facial injuries she sustained in the alleged attack.

The source said: “She hasn’t scarred or anything. She was in a great mood. She was really celebrating not just her birthday, but life in general.”

“Her theme was ‘Blackjack 21′ and all the guests gambled. And although there was alcohol available, Rihanna wasn’t drinking.”Rihanna is now believed to be in Barbados spending time with her family.
ARTICLE SOURCE: DailyFill




February 22nd, 2009
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The recent and unauthorized release of an LAPD photo of Rihanna after an alleged domestic encounter with fellow singer Chris Brown may have been enough to keep the incident from every seeing the inside of a courtroom.

According to an LAPD source, Brown, even if guilty, may walk due to the leak of the photo.

“The most unfortunate aspect of the entire incident is not only the total disrespect for the victim, Rihanna, but the legal ramifications related to jury pool pollution the public revelation of this photo obviously has on the possible upcoming criminal case against alleged attacker, Chris Brown. “Brown, even if guilty, could walk free because of the unauthorized release of this photo,” the unnamed source said.

Gossip web site TMZ reportedly obtained the photo from an insider close to the investigation. The leak of the photo—which will likely lead to the termination of the person who released it—was obtained for $62,500.
SOURCE: HipHopDX




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