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Chris Brown is working overtime on cleanup duty.

That applies to both community service, where he literally cleans up roads, and image rehabilitation, where he's agreed to headline an all-star benefit.

Dubbed "Virginia Stand Up! A Call to Action," the event will take place May 15 at Virginia Commonwealth University and feature all-star performances.

The recently-released T-Pain, Keri Hilson (who has been linked to Chris romantically), Trey Songz and Ryan Leslie, will perform, along with host Brown.

More stars are expected to sign on in the coming days, with proceeds going to the Red Cross' Haitian relief efforts and the Central Virginia Food Bank.

"I wanted to find a way to contribute personally to the ongoing Haitian relief effort," said Brown, who's also spreading the word about the U.S. Census.

"I also wanted to support an organization that helps people in need right here in my home state," he added. "Everyone has to do their part."

That part extends beyond picking up garbage alongside I-95 ...

Chris Brown is working hard to clean up roads and reputations.

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Chris Brown takes the U.S. Census very seriously.

The R&B singer is doing his part to get the word out, heading up a rally at Virginia Union University intended to inspire people to fulfill their civic duty.

Otherwise he will pummel you senseless. Just kidding. But all peeps are required by law to fill it out, the struggling-to-stay-relevant star told the crowd.

Brown addressed why he wanted to get involved: "This isn't like a career move for me per se. It's not like I'm promoting my album, records and stuff."

"It's more of me coming out being able to show kids and be what I am, a role model. I know a lot of kids look up to me." At least at one point ...

Thuggin' it Up

Listen to Chris Brown, Census haters. [Photo: PacificCoastNewsOnline.com]

While Rihanna cheered on Matt Kemp in L.A., Brown insisted he wasn't at the rally simply as a means of taking attention off his previous walloping of her.

"Well, it does [help my image], but it's not about the image. It's about a positive cause," he said. "It's not for a charitable event so I can look good."

"It's not. It's a natural thing that I really wanted to do."

Brown admitted in an interview that he was confused at first: "I was unaware of it in the beginning too, I was like, 'I'm not too sure what the census is.'"

Fortunately, Have You Ever Beaten Your Girlfriend Senseless Over a Booty Call Text Message is not a question on it ... just name, address and stuff.

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For whatever reason, Chris Brown and social media seem to breed hostility. Dude peaced out of Twitter last year after accusing Wal Mart of blackballing him.

He's since returned, but not without another minor flare-up. For some reason, he and Soulja Boy exchanged misspelled, sub-140 character barbs this week.

Boasting two-plus million followers, Soulja Boy wrote: "#ListenBitch add @ChrisBrown & @BowWow followers together u still aint half way f**kin wit me lol"

Snap.

Not one to let a little friendly competition slide without taking the gloves off and trying to kick some a$$, Chris Brown replied "@souljaboytellem yall funny… lol."

But then he continued:

Chris Brizzown

Random Twitter feuds are the best.

"@souljaboytellem and @bowwow what yall make in a show i make for an hour at an afterparty… jus sayin." Wait, who dragged poor Bow Wow into this?!

Soulja Boy then retaliated (and included Bow Wow once again) seemingly getting the last words: "#ListenBitch if my last tweet offended you then I won."

The Tweeting gauntlet was then thrown down: "lol @bowwow there you go. f**k bank accounts. f**k followers. let's see who new album sell the most 1st week."

That sound you hear is of IT BEING ON.

Soulja Boy has a new album out in July called The DeAndre Way, while Bow Wow has not yet set a release date for his latest effort. And as for Chris Brown?

He's begging fans to stay relevant. That says a lot.

Whose side are you on here?

 

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Chris Brown really wants to stay relevant.

That much is obvious, but the fact that he's literally begging his fans to help that cause is pretty funny/sad. Brown used an audio message to spread the desperate plea.

Brown's message is available through SayNow.com, a website in which stars can record messages for fans ... of which he apparently has fewer die-hards than the old days.

In the message, the felony woman beater begs fans to help "bring me back," saying that he won't name names, but "a lot of radio stations aren't playing my records."

"They are not being that supportive and I wouldn't expect them to."

Very Studious

A studious Chris Brown hopes for radio redemption.

Brown goes on to say he's "a better guy now" ... but says "[My music] won't be possible if I'm not relevant on the radio ... I can't be an underground mix tape artist."

Chris' popularity has understandably taken a beating ever since he doled out a severe one to then-girlfriend Rihanna a year ago. Not the best move, image-wise.

His new album, Graffiti, is somewhat of a sales letdown.

We believe in second chances, sure, but calling out stores and stations for blackballing your album (true or not) isn't the way to go, Chris. It just makes you look petty.

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One year after beating the crap out of Rihanna, Chris Brown has been rebuilding his image and career, belting out hits on Graffiti, attending Fashion Week, etc.

But the Rihanna case lingers. Brown will face an L.A. judge today to determine if he is doing enough to satisfy his probation on his felony assault conviction.

Judge Patricia Schnegg has been skeptical about the type of community service Brown has been performing in Virginia - and whether it's been true hard labor.

Chris' sentence actually called for hundreds of hours of community labor, not just service - meaning he has to be poundin' the pavement (not just Keri Hilson).

Smilin' Chris

Will Chris Brown be all smiles in a couple of hours?

Brown and his lawyer, Mark Geragos, will go before Schnegg today with a list showing Chris got plenty dirty performing community service on Virginia roads.

Hopefully for his sake, Mark makes a compelling case. Otherwise his relatively light sentence for an assault case could become a whole lot heavier in a hurry.

Stay tuned ...

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Haiti relief efforts will not cease ... nor should they.

Naomi Campbell was the latest to pitch in, throwing a Fashion for Relief runway show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Among the attendees? Chris Brown.

Scarlett Johansson, Nude Dress

So many violent thoughts together in one place. At least it was for a good cause this time. Earthquake relief tops thrown phones and pummeled ex-girlfriends.

Helena Christensen, Selita Ebanks, Agyness Deyn, Kelly Osbourne, Malin Ackerman and others did their thing on the catwalk, sure. But Chris Brown in a tux?

That really got the audience going.

Chris Brown, Naomi Campbell and others united for Haiti.

"[Events like this] are definitely important, not necessarily for me," Brown told E! News. "It's important for Haiti because you get a chance to see artists and entertainers and fashion icons come together to do something nice for a good cause."

"It's very humbling being able to come and help, it's nice to see."

Nothing you can say negatively about that classy attitude, or the collaborations by so many celebrities to help this case, such as the We Are the World remake.

Rachel Zoe pulled together the 92 looks for the fashion show, including the moving finale tribute to Alexander McQueen that had the models holding back tears.

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A year to the day we reported on Chris Brown's arrest for beating up Rihanna before the Grammy Awards, could the singer be romancing a new R&B diva?

He's already collaborated with Keri Hilson musically, and last night, Chris "was all over" Keri at the Axe Lounge at Liv, where Diddy was hosting a big bash.

While Kim Kardashian and Reggie Bush celebrated the Saints' big Super Bowl win, Chris was apparently looking to score a touchdown himself. Eh, eh?

He and Keri were "grinding each other" on the dance floor, reports say, and Chris even made a request: "He insisted on her being in a photo with him."

Now that's a big deal!

Thugz Gotta Move On

Run for it, Keri Hilson! Chris Brown's creepin'!

The two left together, along with a group of friends. No word from either of their reps as of right now, but Keri posted the following on her Twitter page:

"LMAO paps think they slick!! Gone ask CB & I to tk a pic on carpet then asked da crew if we datin!! LHLAB so, no! I'mma let yall know now :P"

Okay, then. We'll consider that a denial ... maybe.

As for Rihanna, she hosted a party at that same venue just two nights earlier. We have nothing funny or significant beyond that, just pointing it out.

She's also dating Matt Kemp, most likely.

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We want to give Chris Brown a chance to repair his image. We really do.

Sometimes, though, the guy just needs his publicist closer by to prevent unfortunate incidents such as his Twitter meltdown last month, or the photo below.

What Can Brown Do For You?

Brown has been peeping some runway shows during Paris Fashion Week, which is cool, except that he decided to go see Jean Paul Gaultier's presentation.

Jean Paul an iconic couture designer known for wildly creative shows.

So much so that Gaultier got in on the action, covering his face with makeup to look like blood and bruises in order to match his boxing-themed collection.

Naturally, Chris Brown had to go and pose with him, though. Innocent, yes. But not after he turned the face of Rihanna into much worse than this ...

Chris Brown with his latest victim, Jean Paul Gaultier. Kidding!

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Rihanna is not pleased with celebrity gossip sites insinuating that a nasty disease was the reason ex-boyfriend Chris Brown smashed her face to a pulp last year.

In an interview with GQ, she addressed rumors that Brown lashed out at her after spotting a cold sore on her lip - a common sign of the STD known as herpes.

Now dating Matt Kemp, Rihanna wants the record set straight, noting that the alleged cold sore is actually just a facial scar she has had for most of her life.

"It's not true," she said of the herpes rumor, and her tone was far from light-hearted. "It's just a f**king scar. On my lip. That's there every day of my life."

Well that settles that. Not that you can even see it ...

No Herpes Here

Rihanna has set the record straight. She does not, nor did she ever have herpes. She does, however, have kind of a dude's haircut. [Photo: PacificCoastNewsOnline.com]

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Rihanna has beaten Chris Brown pretty badly ... in terms of first-week album sales for their newly-released efforts. Not the way Chris ... well, you know.

Brown's new album Graffiti debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard charts, selling 102,000 copies (Susan Boyle's I Dreamed a Dream sold 582,000 at No. 1).

That's quite a bit less than his ex, Rihanna, sold when Rated R debuted last month, entering the charts at No. 3 with sales of 181,000 in its first week.

Chris' sales didn't knock any socks off, but could've been worse.

Imagine if Walmart actually refused to sell Brown's CD - as "MechanicalDummy" (emphasis on Dummy) himself erroneously ranted on Twitter Monday.

Or imagine if he hadn't beaten the crap out of Rihanna.

Chris Brown Graffiti Cover

Still, 102,000 isn't too bad. It's 20 percent of the way to gold certification in one week, and after the way his year began, those sales look pretty solid.

He might wanna check his facts before Tweeting, though.

Monday, the "Changed Man" threw an online hissy fit over a perceived slight by Walmart. After visiting a Connecticut store that didn't have his album, Chris flipped out over the (incorrect) assumption that the retail giant banned him altogether.

"I'm tired of this s--t," he wrote on his now defunct account. "Major stores r blackballing my CD. Not stockin the shelves and lying to costumers."

Graffiti is, by all accounts, fully stocked by the Wal, however. Either Chris just didn't see it or that particular store just hadn't put it out yet.

Either way, don't quit anger management classes yet, C-dog.

Chris Brown Biography

Chris Brown Tattoo Chris Brown was born in 1989, which means he couldn't even buy beer when he first broke onto the scene. But man, this R&B singer... More »
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Birthplace
Tappahannock, Virginia
Full Name
Christopher Maurice Brown
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