*Chris Brown showed off his charitable side over the weekend by hooking up with Reebok to distribute shoes to needy kids.
Breezy said while growing up in Tappahannock, Va., he had one pair of sneakers that he could wear to school, and that was it until the next year.
Now, the singer, 24, is helping put shoes on the feet of the kids who need it most.
“I used to have to borrow my cousin’s clothes,” he told People.com on Saturday at a Los Angeles event for his Unity Campaign, sponsored by Reebok.
“So being able to come from that poverty-stricken environment and then being able to get out of it is what I tried to [do]. … I just want to show the kids and have them have a better light of opportunities for them to do what they need to do.”
Brown, whose new album, “X,” arrives in stores July 16, is reaching out to others as he continues to work through his own issues.
Just last month, he was charged with hit-and-run, reports CNN. He’s also charged with violating his probation in connection with his felony assault conviction in the domestic abuse drama that unfolded with off-again girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.
Rev. Al Sharpton attends the Ebony Power 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on November 2, 2012 in New York City
*Officials from PepsiCo Inc. are scheduled to meet today with members of Emmett Till’s family and the Rev. Al Sharpton.
Sharpton continued to press for the meeting last week after the company’s partnerships with Lil Wayne and Tyler, the Creator, of Odd Future to promote Mountain Dew sparked controversies.
PepsiCo and Lil Wayne have since parted over creative differences after the rapper’s offensive lyrics related to the civil rights icon Till. The company also pulled a commercial directed by Tyler that angered anti-violence and civil rights advocates.
The meeting to be held at PepisCo headquarters in Purchase comes as an outcry over offensive lyrics increases. Reebok recently ended its partnership with Rick Ross for similar reasons.
Sharpton said last week that corporations have a civic responsibility when deciding who they partner with.
*Poor, poor Rick Ross.
You’ll have to cut him some slack for having a pity party.
It was just a few months ago that somebody was trying to gun him down while he was behind the wheel of his car. And recently he was fired by Reebok for his date rape ditty.
The problem is, from his perspective, is that be believes he deserves a second chance. He’s also in pain because he stands to lose a lot of money, plain and simple.
Sources close to the rapper tell TMZ … Ross will lose between $3.5 million and $5 million … he was getting a check each time he wore the shoes.
Reebok dumped Ross for releasing the song U.O.E.N.O., which includes the lyric: “Put Molly [Ecstasy] all in the champagne. She ain’t even know it. I took her home and I enjoy that. She ain’t even know it.”
Ross issued a tepid apology … suggesting the lyrics were actually misinterpreted. He also pulled the song — which was only on a mixtape.
But that wasn’t enough for Reebok, which was taking heat from women’s groups for keeping Ross in its stable of spokespeople.
Ross is telling people he was entitled to corporate forgiveness because he did so much for the brand … bringing classic Reeboks back in style in the hip-hop community.
But Reebok was unmoved, saying, “We are very disappointed he has yet to display an understanding of the seriousness of this issue or an appropriate level of remorse.”
In other words, we don’t need you anymore, Rick Ross. And oh yeah, on your way out, don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya!
*Talk about being in damage control.
Now that reality has struck and rapper Rick Ross has lost his endorsement from Reebok, he’s trying to make amends.
Ross has issued another so-called “official” apology for his suggestive rape lyrics on Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O.”
“Before I am an artist, I am a father, a son, and a brother to some of the most cherished women in the world. So for me to suggest in any way that harm and violation be brought to a woman is one of my biggest mistakes and regrets. As an artist, one of the most liberating things is being able to paint pictures with my words. But with that comes a great responsibility. And most recently, my choice of words was not only offensive, it does not reflect my true heart. And for this, I apologize. To every woman that has felt the sting of abuse, I apologize. I recognize that as an artist I have a voice and with that, the power of influence. To the young men who listen to my music, please know that using a substance to rob a woman of her right to make a choice is not only a crime, it’s wrong and I do not encourage it. To my fans, I also apologize if I have disappointed you. I can only hope that this sparks a healthy dialogue and that I can contribute to it.” —William Roberts (a.k.a “Rick Ross”)
As EUR reported, Reebok issued a statement detailing why they decided to part ways with Ross over the incident.
“Reebok holds our partners to a high standard, and we expect them to live up to the values of our brand,” read a statement from the shoe company. “At this time, it is in everyone’s best interest for Reebok to end its partnership with Mr. Ross.”
*Rick Ross has formally apologized for lyrics some have called pro-rape, even after justifying them. On Thursday he tweeted his apology, the same day a women’s group, UltraViolet, planned a protest outside of one of his sponsor companies, Reebok, in Manhattan. In Rocko’s song “U.O.E.N.O,” Ross raps about giving a woman the drug MDMA, known as Molly, and having his way with her. The song was released in January but just recently began getting widespread notice. He also offered “apologies to my many business partners, who would never promote violence against women,” specifically mentioning Reebok and UltraViolet.
*Wesley Snipes is a free man. Well, almost. The Federal Bureau of Prisons tells TMZ that Snipes was released on April 2 and transferred to the New York Community Corrections Office, which will oversee his home confinement. Home confinement (aka house arrest) will end July 19. It was December, 2010 when Snipes checked into McKean Federal Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania after he was convicted for failing to file federal income tax returns.