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The Trouble with Chris Brown: A Lesson for My Son

There is something troubling me. Last week the media was agog with R&B star Chris Brown's latest outburst. For those of you who don't follow pop culture, Chris Brown is the R&B singer/dancer who notoriously beat up his then-girlfriend pop star Rhianna two years ago. I think everything that can be said about Chris Brown has already been said. He's a young man who clearly has anger management issues, is immature and in desperate need of a strong, positive male figure in his life. I feel for his mother who must be distraught over the constant turmoil her son seems to invite into his life. I thought hip-hop journalist and activist Kevin Powell eloquently and movingly reached out to Brown in an open letterentreating him to get his act together and confront his demons. Even more powerful was Powell's contextualization of the struggle that young African-American men face in our society that cannot reconcile its discomfort with race.

Seeing the non-stop coverage on Brown's Good Morning America appearance and reading Powell's letter got me thinking about my own son. D2 is not yet a year and a half old and already I worry about him. More after the jump: http://bit.ly/eKvZ7k

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