Talking Shit

Chris Brown's Media Problem Isn't All About Chris Brown

I was up all Thursday night worrying about Chris Brown. No one but Rihanna and Karrueche knows what that feels like.

He'd just wrapped up the kickoff of his Between the Sheets tour with Trey Songz and Tyga at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. But what kept me awake was something I couldn't quite put my finger on. Chris Brown is only 25 years old, and already, he's the millennials' biggest villain.

He's also one of the most underrated performers today. I'm pretty sure his loyal army of dedicated fans would agree. Team Breezy, comprised mostly of young black women, was out in force that night, screaming for more. The long line to buy T-shirts after the show was likely unprecedented. Yet it seemed like the only media that had touted the show was 99 Jamz, the local hip-hop radio station.

Why don't people write about Chris Brown? He's one of the few popular male pop stars who both sings and dances. And he can really dance. But he's an uncomfortable topic. He basically makes the internet news only when he acts like an asshole. But I'm not convinced that's entirely Chris Brown's fault.

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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.
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