Chris Brown: Will He Find Himself?

Chris Brown and Rihanna

Chris Brown and Rihanna attend the 55th Annual Grammys in Los Angeles on Febuary 10th, 2013.
(Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)

By Sage Hunter

“I think everybody is entitled to their opinion. For me, it’s just a learning process. You know, I have to just take it one day at a time. I can’t make everybody like me … it’s about me being positive. Everything that I’m doing with my music is to hopefully inspire the world and inspire people who have been on my situation, even everybody who’s trying to learn from me,” says Chris Brown in an interview with Matt Lauer on The Today Show.

Many people have mixed emotions on the 24 year-old entertainer, Chris Brown. Many non-supporters, who were somewhat fans of him until he beat his then-girlfriend Rihanna, feel Brown is a “burden to society” and that he’s a “low class pig,” said non-supporters on an online forum.

Meanwhile, other fans and supporters feel he did make mistakes, but has risen from that. Brown is from Tappahannock, Virginia and has been in the spotlight since 2004, starting his career at the age of 17. Brown started off as the “Innocent Boy” from down South. But over time that persona has changed in many ways.

Chris Brown has had a struggle to get where he is now. I have listened to Chris Brown from the beginning of his career. I remember him from his first songs, “Run It” and “Yo (Excuse Me Miss)”. I still think of him as that “Innocent Boy” from down South.

Brown’s life has changed dramatically from the time of his first albums. He started dating singer Rihanna who was another person in the spotlight. Everyone thought as them as the perfect couple, and that since they were both in the media that their relationship would be a sensation.

I wasn’t a fan of him being with her because I felt she was no good for him and because she really didn’t love him. Many of his fans thought the same way as well. But that relationship stayed strong for a while before it went up into flames. This is where his thriving career, took a turn for the worse.

March of 09’ is when the story came out that Chris Brown had beaten his girlfriend Rihanna. Everyone couldn’t believe that this happened. This devastating news shook many people all around. No matter what happened that night and no matter if she was getting in his face, it doesn’t give you the right to hit a female. There’s rules to that. Even though he did hit a girl and get himself into this mess, I do feel he should be forgiven and not have been stripped of endorsements, and commercials. For a period of time Brown had almost lost everything.

Soon after, Chris Brown had picked himself up from almost losing everything. He came out with new songs and apologized for what he did to his ex-girlfriend. Even
though Chris Brown still had the tag of being a “woman beater” on him, he did what he had to do, and that was making music for his fans.

I feel that no matter what he did in the past, it’s still his past and no one should hold that over him. There are many people out there that do much worse and are not stripped of their livelihood the way he was.

Brown now can be faced with the chance of getting 4 years in prison for not telling the whole truth about his hit-and-run incident in May. I think his actions don’t make him the best role model but he will live and learn from his mistakes. That “Innocent Boy” is still in there somewhere. He just has to find it.

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