For a while there, it seemed like every bit of press about Chris Brown was negative, regardless of what the article, tweet or report was about. However, the young musician has been steadily cleaning up his image and turning that bad press into fuel for his redemption. Last year, he started his own charity organization, Symphonic Love Foundation, which supports and creates arts programs for youth while encouraging every day public service, respect and kindness. Symphonic Love believes in the capacity of love and art to change the world.
Courage For Kids, an organization started by Miss A Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, Andrea Rodgers, recently received a generous donation from Chris Brown and his Symphonic Love Foundation to support their work with at-risk children in Washington, DC. This donation will support the nonprofit’s GIVE BACK-pack Initiative, which provides children in early childhood education programs at Bright Beginnings and CentroNia with backpacks filled with school supplies to take with them when they enter Kindergarten.
The Symphonic Love Foundation and Courage for Kids are both passionate about supporting youth. Chris Brown has a long-standing commitment to nonprofit work. Indeed, giving back to those less fortunate was instilled in him by his mother, Joyce, who served as Director of Tappahannock Children’s Center for 24 years. At the age of 17, Brown donated $50,000 from his “Up Close and Personal Tour” to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Since 2006, Brown has donated proceeds from every domestic tour to charity and continues to support long-term partnerships with acclaimed nonprofits including:
Best Buddies International’s Symphonic Love Best Buddies Day: to support Best Buddies’ global operations and to designate one day every year for inspiring action and understanding, while raising awareness and respect for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities around the world.
Annual Title Sponsor of the Home Again “Homelessness Takes A Hike” fundraiser: to provide shelter and support services to homeless men, women, children and veterans in Richmond, VA.
Jenesse Center: to support youth education programs, including the Change Youth Conversations which brought together more than 200 teenagers in the summer of 2012 to talk about dating violence and healthy relationships.
Break the Cycle: to engage, educate and empower youth to build lives and communities free from domestic violence.
Sponsor of Collective Effect at AIDS Project Los Angeles: to encourage the next generation to take leadership roles in support of HIV/AIDS organizations, promoting testing and fighting the stigma.
Rock Your World: a collaboration with Creative Visions Foundation and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights: to develop an interactive website that teaches young people how to use arts and media for social change.
Symphonic Love Scholarships: to provide full financial support for eleven Symphonic Love Scholars to attend the world-renowned Debbie Allen Dance Academy’s 2013 intensive year-long program.
Symphonic Love Gallery: an interactive online site that inspires Team Breezy
to cultivate creativity and to share their
originality with the world.
It should be safe to say that the bad press about Chris Brown can officially come to an end. The next time someone decides to chastise you for rocking out to his latest hit, just remind them that not only did he turn his life around, but he began a movement that repels the very thing that got him into trouble in the first place and that is why he is this week’s charitable and stylish man we love. Come back next week to find out who is being charitable all while keeping a smile on his handsome face.