It is unknown whether Chris Brown will serve hard time, but he has violated his five-year probation stemming from the domestic assault conviction in 2009. Brown's run-ins with the law should concern parents and fans of Hip-Hop and R&B due to the recidivism rates of African American celebrities. They are allowed to make mistakes, but some mistakes don't seem to be mitigated through lenient criminal punishments. Brown is just one celebrity among a list of celebrities who spend more time in court than on stage.
- Kanye West, for example, has been in the news for recent physical altercations with the paparazzi. He seems to be upset by the presence of Paparazzi and their intense scrutiny of his behaviors. Maybe the fame and living in the public eye is stressing and causes anxiety for celebrities who lash out at the media or innocent bystanders?
- On the other hand, anxiety doesn't seem to phase rapper Lil Wayne who has been sentenced to jail on numerous occasions for charges ranging from drug possession to possession of concealed hand guns.
The celebrity trends among some African American artists has involved racking up numerous felony charges which are influential to teenagers who idolize them. It is important to explain to youth that having a list of criminal charges on a criminal record can diminish the quality of life. Singers and rappers are not given background checks before dropping an album, but regular people are subjected to much more scrutiny.