Chris Brown went beyond his community service requirement when he made more than a few kids in Harlem happy on Thursday night, March 11. CB transformed himself from an R&B superstar into Sisulu-Walker Charter School's guest for "Family Read Night." The school's principal Dr. Dawn Cejas invited celebrities to its annual event, and Chris Brown accepted.
"I grew up in Harlem so as a kid, I used to hang out, play basketball in the streets, but I really didn't know the educational side, so being able to come here it was good for me," Brown said in an exclusive interview with BET.com.
Brown read the book "Superhero School" to third graders, even inviting a few students to read with him and sit next to him. After the reading, he took photos and signed autographs for the students.
Brown's visit was met with both praise and criticism from the press, who seem to be split on whether CB's move was a good one. While some see it as a publicity stunt to help clean up the singer's image, others have recognized Chris's dedication to community service. "I don't want the only thing they see on us to be dancing in the video, cars, clothes and just a whole bunch of stuff...but school helps you get to those places," he explained.
Click the video to watch the interview.
In other CB news, the artists will hit the road for his international "Fan Appreciation" tour in May, which kicks off in Brazil.