Chris Brown Donates 1,000 Sneakers to Kids in Compton

Hip Hop artist Chris Brown attends the 'WE US: Walk Everywhere in Unity's Shoes' event at Crenshaw Senior High School on July 6, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Unity Campaign)
Hip Hop artist Chris Brown attends the ‘WE US: Walk Everywhere in Unity’s Shoes’ event at Crenshaw Senior High School on July 6, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Unity Campaign)

Chris Brown spent his Fourth of July holiday showing his more charitable side by giving back to students in the community. As part of his newly-launched Unity campaign, the singer donated over 1,000 pairs of Reebok sneakers to students at Crenshaw High School in L.A. on Saturday.  The event, “WE US: Walk Everywhere in Unity’s Shoes,” drew special meaning for Brown as he reflected on many of his own childhood memories.

“I used to have to borrow my cousin’s clothes,” he told PEOPLE. “So being able to come from that poverty-stricken environment and then being able to get out of it is what I tried to [do]. … I just want to show the kids and have them have a better light of opportunities for them to do what they need to do.”

After Saturday’s charitable event, Brown wrote a tweet saying: “Thank you for allowing me to continue to inspire change in the world. Today was a great day forward! #UnityCampaign.”  Brown launched his Unity Campaign after the release of his latest song, “They Don’t Know,” which features unreleased vocals from late singer Aaliyah and highlights his hopes to end violence.

His sixth studio album, X, is expected to hit stores on July 16th.

article by Lilly Workneh via thegrio.com

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