Chris Brown = Bobby Brown 20 years ago

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

As my favorite poet once said, “There are no new ideas, only new ways of making them felt,” I want to take a short pause to muse over the fact that Chris Brown and Bobby Brown have had almost the same trajectory in terms of their early career.  In other words, Chris Brown is the Millennial’s version of Bobby Brown.

Go with me here…

Chris Brown can dance and so could Bobby.  Bobby was a master of his era’s dance moves. As Chris Brown is.


Now let’s think about the way that they sing. If you listen close, you’ll hear something similar. They have that nasally, high pitched man sing. But they can do the deeper man sing if they want.

Bobby was a bad boy, but he started out a good guy. Chris Brown knocked the hell out of Rihanna, but he started out a nice guy. Bobby was probably the worst thing that had ever happened to Whitney Houston, and we could say something similar about Chris Brown as it relates to Rihanna, but she got outta there.  Quick.  I really want Chris Brown to get some professional help, and once he’s able, he needs to do some outreach to other young men about hitting women and anger problems.  In the meantime, I wonder if he’d consider giving some of that money to foundations that do that work.

Organizations Ending Violence Against Women

American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence
740 15th Street, NW, 9th Floor
Washington, DC, 20005-1022
phone: 202-662-1000
The American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence website provides information about a wide-range of domestic violence issues and extensive links to other resources and organizations. The website includes listings of ABA policies, training materials, legal briefs, and sample legal forms relevant to domestic violence issues and proceedings.

Asian Task Force against Domestic Violence
P.O. Box 120108, Boston, MA 02112
24-hour multilingual helpline: 617.338.2355 / Tel: 617.338.2350
Fax: 617.338.2354
Based in Boston, the mission of the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence is to eliminate family violence and to strengthen Asian families and communities. Many of their brochures are available in Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, and Vietnamese.

Washington, DC 20009
Tel: (202) 387-4848
Ayuda’s mission is to protect the rights of low-income immigrants in the DC metropolitan area. We are the region’s leading provider of multilingual legal and social services for low-income immigrants in the areas of immigration, human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault.

Center for Women Policy Studies
1776 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Suite 450
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 872-1770
Fax: (202) 296-8962
The Center for Women Policy Studies was founded in 1972 as the nation’s first feminist policy analysis, research and advocacy institution. Their mission today is what it was then—to shape public policy to improve women’s lives.

Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women
145 N Street, NE, Suite 10W.121
Washington, DC 20530
phone: (202) 307-6026 phone
TTY: (202) 307-3911
The mission of the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is to provide federal leadership to reduce violence against women, and to administer justice for and strengthen services to all victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. This is accomplished by developing and supporting the capacity of state, local, tribal, and non-profit entities involved in responding to violence against women.

Family Violence Prevention Fund
Washington, DC Office
1630 Connecticut Ave, NW
5th Floor, Suite 501
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 682-1212
Fax: (202) 682-4662

Men Can Stop Rape
1003 K Street, NW, Suite 20001
Washington, DC 20037
Tel: (202) 265-6530
Fax: (202) 265-4362
Men Can Stop Rape mobilizes male youth to prevent men’s violence against women. Their mission is to build young men’s capacity to challenge harmful aspects of traditional masculinity, to value alternative visions of male strength and to embrace their vital role as allies with women and girls in fostering healthy relationships and gender equality.

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Hotline: 800 799-7233
A project of the Texas Council on Family Violence, the National Domestic Violence Hotline is open year-round. Trained staff provide counseling and referral services to all, free of charge. The staff speaks English and Spanish, and translators are available for 129 other languages. They offer crisis intervention, referrals to domestic violence and other emergency shelters and programs, information and support, and can link callers to a nationwide database on domestic violence. They advise on shelters, advocacy and assistance, and social services programs.

Polaris Project
P.O. Box 53315
Washington, D.C. 2009
Tel: 202-745-1001
fax: 202-745-1119
Named after the North Star that guided slaves towards freedom along the Underground Railroad, Polaris Project has been providing a comprehensive approach to combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery since 2002. Polaris Project is a leading organization in the United States combating all forms of human trafficking and serving both U.S. citizens and foreign national victims, including men, women, and children

Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
2000 L Street NW Suite 406
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 544-1034
Hotline: (800) 656-HOPE
Provides information on resources throughout the country, for survivors of rape, abuse and incest. Runs a 24 hour, 7 day a week hotline.

V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM) and sexual slavery. V-Day is also a non-profit corporation that distributes funds to grassroots, national, and international organizations and programs that work to stop violence against women and girls. The ‘V’ in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina.

For a more complete list, check out who I thank for keeping this list!

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