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Chris Brown restraining order eased

A court order that barred Chris Brown from contacting or being near ex-girlfriend Rihanna has been lifted, according to Reuters. Under the modified protective order issued Tuesday by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, Brown is still prohibited from harassing or annoying Rihanna, but he is now permitted to speak with her. The 21-year-old R&B singer was sentenced to five years probation and community service, and ordered to complete a one-year domestic violence program after pleading guilty to assaulting Rihanna the night before the 2009 Grammys. Rihanna’s attorney said that she did not object to the downgrade of the protection order.

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Chris Brown apologizes for homophobic Twitter tirade, sort of: Are you convinced?

chris-brownImage Credit: Jordan Strauss/WireImage.comChris Brown has issued a statement regarding his angry Twitter exchange with former B2K member Raz-B, in which he directed a stream of homophobic insults toward the other singer. “Yesterday was an unfortunate lack in judgment sparked by public Twitter attacks from an attention seeking Raz-B,” Brown says in a statement provided by his publicist. “Words cannot begin to express how sorry and frustrated I am over what transpired publicly on Twitter.”

That’s a pretty piece of pseudo-apologetic doublespeak. Brown blames the target of his hateful outburst in the same breath as he expresses regret for “what transpired,” an evasive phrasing meant to spread the responsibility around instead of owning it himself. Sure, Raz-B was probably seeking attention when he tweeted about the true fact that Brown brutally assaulted an ex-girlfriend in 2009. But no one forced Brown to respond with those nasty gay-baiting epithets or to mock Raz-B’s past allegations of sexual abuse. He went there all by himself.

Brown’s statement continues with some slightly more direct thoughts: “I have learned over the past few years to not condone or represent acts of violence against anyone,” he writes. “Molestation and victims of such acts are not to be taken lightly; and for my comments I apologize — from the bottom of my heart. I love all of my fans, gay and straight. I have friends from all walks of life and I am committed, with God’s help, to continue becoming a better person.”

What do you think of Brown’s latest comments? Do you think he’s genuinely contrite about the obnoxious things he said, or just sorry that it happened in public view? Sound off in the comments, below.

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Chris Brown launches into homophobic Twitter feud with former B2K member Raz-B

Chris-Brown-Raz-BImage Credit: Bob Charlotte/PR Photos; Koi Sojer/PR Photos Chris Brown launched into a profanity-laced Twitter feud for several hours today with former B2K member De’Mario Thornton — a.k.a. Raz-B — in which both Brown and Thornton employed homophobic slurs and taunts. The exchange began after Thornton tweeted, using the Twitter handles for, respectively, Eric Benet, Brown, Halle Berry, and Rihanna, “I’m just sittin here Thinking how can n—-s like @ebenet & @ChrisBrown disrespect women as Intelligent as @HalleBerry11 [and] @Rihanna.” Brown quickly tweeted in response, “@razb2k, n—- you want attention! Grow up n—-!!! D— in da booty a– lil boy,” and followed up with several tweets taunting Thornton over his accusations that he was molested by his ex-manager and one of his former group mates. Thornton replied by accusing Brown of being on the down-low (i.e. in the closet).

By the end, both Brown and Thornton had apologized for using homophobic slurs and appeared to have moved on to tweet another day. It was all a masterful display of debate at its finest.

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Justin Bieber and Chris Brown to collaborate: Awkward?

bieber-brownImage Credit: Kevin Mazur/ Does this make anyone else slightly uncomfortable? On Christmas, Chris Brown tweeted news of a collaboration with Justin Bieber: “ME and @justinbieber got a BANGER/SMASH record for all the fans out there at the top of the NEW YEAR!!! 2011 #BREEZYTAKEOVER,” he wrote. Bieber, for all intents and purposes, scooped him on Twitter in October, when he tweeted “kinda hyped rt now. for a new single teamed up with one of my friends and an artist I used to sing covers of on youtube. BIG RECORD. SMASH!!,” followed by a link to him covering Brown’s “With You” in 2008. On paper, this collaboration makes more sense than the Rascal Flatts duet Bieber also has planned, but I can’t be the only one who took a beat to think about Brown, who was convicted of assaulting his then girlfriend Rihanna, singing to Bieber’s young female fans. Will I dance to it? Yes. But they’re gonna have to market this one carefully. It can’t look like it’s better image rehab than Brown completing his court-ordered course on domestic violence, which he tweeted about four days earlier on Dec. 21. “I have enough self respect and decency to be proud of accomplishing this DV class.. Boyz run from there [sic] mistakes.. Men learn from them!!! thx,” he wrote. Too soon, or right on time?

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Chris Brown completes domestic violence course

Chris Brown has completed the court-ordered course on domestic violence that he was required to take as part of his legal agreement after pleading guilty to assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Rihanna. The singer proudly tweeted the news — ‘im done with class” — and included a photo of his Certificate of Completion. In a follow-up tweet, he wrote, “i have enough self respect and decency to be proud of accomplishing this DV class.. Boyz run from there mistakes.. Men learn from them!!!thx”

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Chris Brown dances through a block party in 'Yeah 3X' video: Watch here

chris-brown-videoMany have counted Chris Brown out, but the R&B wonder is slowly climbing his back into our playlists. After surprisingly splashing into the Billboard Hot 100 chart’s top 20 and topping the R&B chart for several weeks now with “Deuces,” a mid-tempo goodbye cut from his Fan of a Fan mixtape, this morning he debuted the feel-good lead single from his forthcoming FAME (an acronym for Forgiving All My Enemies) album, “Yeah 3X,” and its partnering video.

In it, an acrobatic Brown dances to the Euro-pop smash, flipping and popping through a block party as others join in the action. It’s genuinely a fun clip, absent of any overdone, sexed up R&B corniness. This could be as big as “Forever.”  Check out the clip after the jump and let us know how you feel about it. FAME doesn’t have a set release date yet. But if the album boasts tracks as good as these, I hope it’s coming soon.


Chris Brown speaks on his tearful Michael Jackson tribute: 'It wasn't fake'

chris-brown-jackson-tributeImage Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.comIn a promotional appearance on BET’s 106 and Park yesterday, Chris Brown tried to clear the air about his controversial Michael Jackson tribute at June’s BET Awards. “A lot of people don’t know, I was going to see Michael Jackson the day he died,” Brown said, according to Billboard. “I was on my way to the Staples Center that day… When I heard ‘Man In The Mirror,’ it just touched me. It wasn’t fake. I know people were trying to put extras on it, but everything was genuine. That was my ultimate apology, hands down.”

Brown’s statement is unlikely to change anyone’s mind about that sobbing performance one way or the other. It sidesteps entirely the question of whether Brown’s attention-getting breakdown, even if it was “genuine,” was an appropriate way to honor the late King of Pop. But what do you think of his latest words on the subject? Sound off in the comments.

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Chris Brown's Michael Jackson tribute at the BET Awards: How did it make you feel?

chris-brown-jackson-tributeImage Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.comIt was without a doubt the most divisive performance at the 2010 BET Awards last night. To cap off the scheduled Michael Jackson tribute, tarnished R&B star Chris Brown came out and did a flawless moonwalk, only to break down in tears as he tried to sing “Man in the Mirror.”

Brown’s overwhelming display of emotion spoke to many people watching the awards. For these viewers, Brown was turning the page on the tumultuous phase of his career that began when he infamously beat then-girlfriend Rihanna last February. Others, like me, felt the precise opposite way. Brown pleaded guilty just a year ago to a very serious felony. Intimate partner violence is not something you can make up for with a few well-executed dance moves or on-stage sobs. In this view, there was something unseemly about Brown using a tribute to a late legend as an opportunity to turn the spotlight on himself and score some career-rehab points.

Which side do you come down on? Did you find Chris Brown’s Michael Jackson tribute moving or uncomfortable? Was it appropriate or not? Vote in the poll below.

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Chris Brown finally gets his Michael Jackson tribute at BET Awards 2010. Amazing? Yes! Appropriate? Hmmm...

Chris-BrownImage Credit: Matt Sayles/AP ImagesAs far as I’m concerned, there’s only been one Michael Jackson tribute. Tonight (June 27) Chris Brown finally got his shot at paying homage to his fallen idol, Michael Jackson, at the BET Awards 2010. Jackson’s brother Jermaine introduced Brown, who popped up on stage in a blue shirt, black slacks, white socks, and Jackson’s trademark black loafers. It was a spot-on pull from Jackson’s look at 1988’s Grammy Awards.

He started of performing Jackson’s Bad smash “The Way You Make Me Feel” and then changed into a sequined black jacket and donned a glittered white glove for Thriller‘s “Billie Jean.”  Brown’s obviously the only singer capable of doing Jackson’s moves justice. He popped, spun, and moonwalked as the “King of Pop” did for decades.

The performance’s most touching moment came when Brown started to sing Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror.” Within a few lines he got too choked up to finish the track, bursting into tears. Because last year’s BET Awards happened just days after Jackson died, they were not able to put together a proper tribute to the legend. At this time last year Brown was also dealing with the repercussions of his assault charge for violence against his ex girlfriend Rihanna. Even though a Chris Brown tribute to Jackson seemed obligatory, I’m not too sure it would’ve been appropriate for the embattled talent to make the awards ceremony. A year later, people may still question BET’s rationale.

Did you see Brown’s tribute? You glad he got to perform for Michael? How did he do? Weigh in below.

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Chris Brown denied entry to the U.K. due to criminal record

Chris Brown has postponed a tour of the U.K. after his visa was denied, Reuters reports. The decision was related to the singer’s felony assault conviction last year, in which he pleaded guilty to beating then-girlfriend Rihanna in February 2009. “We reserve the right to refuse entry to the U.K. to anyone guilty of a serious criminal offence,” a rep for Britain’s Home Office told Reuters. “Public safety is one of our primary concerns.”

Brown had planned to perform in Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, and London this week. Reuters says he has the right to appeal the Home Office’s decision. Brown’s label did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.

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