Industry insiders have been whispering for months about the mental problems that continue to plague troubled singer Chris Brown.
But after Brown's sensational meltdown yesterday at the 'Good Morning America' studios in NYC, one industry insider is publicly urging the 21-year-old to seek mental health treatment.
In an article for BET.com titled "The Problem With Chris Brown," noted journalist dream hampton, who penned Jay Z's biography, Decoded, writes:
He clearly doesn't have the kind of support system that is encouraging—even insisting—him to seek mental health treatment. His mother is an enabler, and his handlers huddled him into a truck the night he boxed in Rihanna's face, leaving her to fend for herself—an incredible misstep. Even if they hated Rihanna, they had to know leaving her there would lead to a publicity Chernobyl. These handlers were twice his age.
In lieu of therapy, Chris Brown has Twitter. His small army of fans uses the hashtag #teambreezy to avoid forcing the still young, imploding star to seek the therapy he so desperately needs to not become his stepfather. It is tragic. He's young enough to be saved. Imagine what a true public healing would do for young Black teenagers entangled in the deadly dance that is domestic violence.
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According to online reports, Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor passed away today of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. She was 79.
The former child star and two-time Academy Award winner was most famous for her films "National Velvet," "Cleopatra," and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
She was also notable for her impressive diamond jewelry collection and her notorious love life, which included 8 marriages to 7 men (she married actor Richard Burton twice).
"I never planned to acquire a lot of jewels or a lot of husbands," Taylor said in her last major interview with Harper's Bazaar magazine. "I have been supremely lucky in my life in that I have known great love, and of course, I am the temporary custodian of some incredible and beautiful things."
Rapper Wiz Khalifa, who makes no secret of his love for kush, covers the smoldering April/May 2011 issue of Complex magazine with actor Danny McBride. RapRadar provides us with this particularly disturbing portrait of lovebirds Wiz and professional beard, Amber Rose.
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According to TMZ.com, ABC network will not press charges against troubled singer Chris Brown for destruction of private property after he went on a profanity-laced rampage inside the GMA studio yesterday morning.
That's especially good news for CB -- because he's currently on probation for beating up Rihanna ...
and could have faced prison time if the judge violated his probation on grounds he committed vandalism.
We're told the judge will not violate Chris' probation unless New York prosecutes him ... and that's not going to happen.
This news surely means that ABC will get that exclusive interview that was promised by Brown's attorney, Mark Geragos.
If you recall, a loyal reader who works for ABC emailed us yesterday to say that ABC and Geragos were in talks to bring Brown back for an exclusive interview to explain his bad behavior -- and to possibly apologize to co-host Robin Roberts.
That interview -- and apology -- could take place as soon as tomorrow (Thursday).
My ABC source revealed that "higher ups" at ABC -- the ones who cut the checks -- have "no tolerance" for Brown's behavior and they wanted to press charges for vandalism.
But the ABC execs who are in charge of booking artists saw blockbuster ratings in store for them if they scored the interview with Brown.
While Brown has dodged this bullet, it is clear that he is a severely troubled young man who is still a danger to himself and others. The situation could have been much worse if that chair went through the window and landed on someone in the street below.
This latest chapter in Brown's sad story will only feed his delusion that he is omnipotent, entitled and above the law.
Brown's story will not end well. And I predict the final chapter will be written soon.
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Moments after I put up my post this morning about Rihanna canceling her U.S. tour due to slow ticket sales, Ciara took to her Twitter page and tweeted: "well, well, well......u dont say..."
If you recall, Ciara and Rihanna recently dissed each other on Twitter.com. At the time, Rihanna tweeted that Ciara couldn't book a stage.
According to INF Daily, Chris Brown, 21, appeared to be in good spirits as he arrived at the Opera Gallery in New York City after his violent outburst this morning on ABC's 'Good Morning America' where he reportedly smashed a window in his dressing room.
Brown and his girlfriend were spotted walking together shortly after the incident. Photo: Splash News Online
Workers were seen temporarily patching up the broken window an hour after the incident. A piece of plywood was fit in place until a new window can be installed. The bill for the broken window was reportedly sent to Brown's mom/manager, Joyce Hawkins. Photos by: Dario Alequin/INFphoto.com
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Originally posted on Mar 22, 2011 @ 2:17 p.m.
According to a loyal reader who works for ABC Network, higher ups at the network are "exploring" pressing charges against Chris Brown for busting out a window at the NY studios where 'Good Morning America' is taped.
The incident occurred this morning when Brown, 21, flew into a rage after co-host Robin Roberts questioned him about his violent assault against Rihanna in 2009. Brown, whose current album F.A.M.E. (forgiving all my enemies) dropped today, has documented anger issues with women.
Rather than assault Ms. Roberts, which surely would have happened had they been alone, Brown vented his rage on a dressing room window.
I can't post the contents of my source's email, but I can paraphrase it, per her request.
She wrote that ABC execs are "exploring pressing charges," because they have "no tolerance" for Brown's behavior. She said no crime has been determined yet.
She also wrote (I think) that ABC brass are in communication with Brown's attorney, Mark Geragos, and that Geragos is worried that ABC will press charges.
She said ABC execs are holding back on pressing charges in the hopes that Brown will come back on the show -- once he's calmed down -- to give a proper accounting for his behavior. ABC believes that Brown's interview would be a "ratings blockbuster" for ABC.
The ABC source indicated in her email that Geragos is hinting that Brown will not come back on the show if ABC goes ahead with plans to press charges against him.
The source also expressed sympathy for her colleague, Robin Roberts, who has "been through hell and high water."
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Troubled singer Chris Brown's famous temper got the best of him again this morning when an online interview went awry. According to online reports, Brown flew into a rage at the 'Good Morning America' studios in NYC following an on-air interview today. Brown was badgered about his legal problems surrounding the Rihanna incident. The immature 21-year-old stormed into his dressing room and started screaming, cursing and throwing chairs.
Brown ripped off his shirt and confronted a segment producer in the hallway outside his dressing room. Brown was kicked out of the studio after staring at the producer. Paparazzi captured photos of the crazy look in his eyes.
Witnesses say Brown was totally out of control and the police had to be called to his dressing room. One source says he kicked a window in his dressing room, and the glass shattered and some shards fell onto the street. Luckily, no innocent bystanders were hit by the flying glass. This should show you the level of violence that Chris Brown is capable of.
Brown later tweeted: "I'm so over people bringing this past s**t up!!! Yet we praise Charlie sheen and other celebs for there bulls**t."
I keep telling y'all something is wrong with that boy! I don't want to hear any excuses about this punk being young. He needs to be on Thorazine or Lithium or something to control his Demons. I'll be emailing this post to that star struck judge in California who was so impressed by Chris Brown during an earlier. I wonder what his attorney Mark Geragos will email to the blogs now?
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Just as she did last year, Rihanna is having a tough time selling tickets to her upcoming concert tour. According to Page Six, Rihanna's management have advised her to cancel tour dates in the United States because ticket sales are too slow.
This surprises me because Rihanna's Stans, er, Navy is at least 5 million strong. But, apparently, they are not confident enough in her singing ability to buy her tickets?
This is yet another setback for the immature redhead. My inside source tells me that Rihanna is taking the cancellations very hard. 2011 is just not her year.
Sources say after poor US concert pre-sales last month, Rihanna has been advised by her day-to-day manager, Jay Brown, to cancel domestic dates on her "Loud" tour.
"It has been a big disappointment," our source said. "The ticket sales in big US cities like Boston are so bad, they will barely cover basics like the lighting and other arena costs. Tour managers are begging local radio stations to do giveaways."
U..S. President Barack Obama faces possible impeachment for not obtaining Congress' approval prior to launching military attacks on Libya.
Members of the GOP and others are calling for Obama's impeachment on the grounds that he abused his power as Commander-in-Chief by violating the Constitution. Obama's critics are even using Obama's own words against him.
This is what Obama said on December 20, 2007 when he was a senator running for president:
"The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation."
Obama was referring to the section in the Constitution that clearly states only Congress shall have power to... declare War on another country.
I never imagined that Obama's term as president would end like this.
Everyone is complaining about Oscar winning singer/actress Jennifer Hudson's stunning new shape. While she looks great, some of her fans think she's losing too much weight. Hudson, 29, attended her album release party at Tenjune in NYC last night. The event was sponsored by Weight Watchers and ARISTA Records.
Unfortunately, no one but WBLS radio personality Egypt Sherrod showed up to support your girl. Maybe Jennifer's dramatic weight loss intimidated them?
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