Chris Brown Shares Advice With Young Black Men

Breezy encourages young men to "keep your head up" despite stereotypes.

Posted: 07/25/2013 02:00 PM EDT
Chris Brown

When George Zimmerman, 29, was acquitted of all charges in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, Chris Brown (along with many other artists) was very vocal about his disappointment with the verdict. During the WE US: Walk Everywhere in Unity's Shoe Project in Compton, Breezy talked with HollywoodLife.com about the stereotypes young Black men face and why they should stay positive in light of the verdict.

"Being stereotyped is something I'm familiar with," he said while wearing a T-shirt with Martin's face on it. "You know, as a young entertainer, I've dealt with the slander [and] I've dealt with the good side of things."

"Just keep your head up. For these young kids coming up, it's all about the choices they make. It's always going to be about the choices they make. They have to surround and be around a lot of people who are going to think positive. Everybody goes through different situations. Everybody struggles and everybody goes through their different problems. But it's how you face it and how you react," he added.

Brown gave out more than a thousand pairs of Reebok Classics to underprivileged youth and used the charity event to demonstrate what a little good can do for others. He reiterated his message that while Trayvon Martin's fate was a tragic one, we should all stand united and walk together for a better future.

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