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  1. Two stars for one

    R&B singer Chris Brown poses in the media room at the BET Awards 2011 held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on June 26, 2011. (Jason Merritt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. A start in street art

    Brown visits Art in the Streets the first major U.S. museum survey of graffiti and street art at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles on May 26, 2011. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Smiles in court

    Brown appears in court with his attorney Mark Geragos for a probation progress report hearing in Los Angeles on Jan. 28, 2011. Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting his then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna, after a pre-Grammy Awards party in 2009. He was given a sentence of five years probation and ordered to complete 180 days of community labor and a year of domestic violence counseling. (David Mcnew / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. His idol

    Brown peforms a Michael Jackson tribute at the BET Awards in Los Angeles on June 27, 2010. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. On the big screen

    Brown arrives at the premiere of the film "Takers" at Arclight Cinema Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, Calif., on Aug. 4, 2010. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. For the record ...

    Larry King, left, speaks with Brown as his mother Joyce Hawkins, center, wipes her eye during an interview Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009, on the "Larry King Live" show in Los Angeles, his first public interview since his arrest in February for assaulting Rihanna. (Peter "Hopper" Stone / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Receiving his sentence

    Brown stands next to Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies during his sentencing hearing on Aug. 5 in Los Angeles. The singer received 5 years probation and 180 days of community labor, as the result of a plea deal, after he was charged with two felonies for assault on Rihanna. (Rick Loomis / Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Remembering Michael

    Chris Brown attends the Michael Jackson public memorial service at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 7, 2009. (Kevin Mazur / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Avoiding jail

    Brown heads into court in Los Angeles for a preliminary hearing on Monday, June 22, 2009. Moments before the hearing was set to begin, an announcement was made that a plea deal had been reached in the singer's felony assault case. (Mario Anzuoni / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Magic moment

    On the same night as Rihanna, Brown attends the NBA Finals matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Orlando Magic on Thursday, June 11, 2009, at Amway Arena in Orlando, Fla. (Elsa / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Not guilty plea

    Brown, right, stands next to his attorney as he appears for his arraignment on two felony charges in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, April 6, 2009. The R&B singer plead not guilty to charges stemming from an attack on Rihanna. (Damian Dovarganes / Pool via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Happier times

    Brown and Rihanna perform during the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York on Dec. 13, 2008. Brown, 19, one of the fastest rising stars of the last two years, was freed on $50,000 bail after being arrested in Los Angeles for allegedly assaulting Rihanna, whose rise to fame equals his. The incident occurred in Brown's car early Feb. 9, several hours before the two were to appear at the Grammy Awards. (Lucas Jackson / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. The voice

    Brown performs during a concert in Amsterdam on Jan. 16. Brown rose to fame as a sweet-faced, 16-year-old with an engaging voice and amazing dance skills with the 2005 smash hit "Run It!" (Marcel Antonisse / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Year's best

    Brown accepts the artist of the year award at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Full of promise

    Brown performs during the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York on Dec. 12, 2008. The singer has been featured in movies such as dance flick "Stomp the Yard," had top-selling tours and a string of hits, including "Forever" and "No Air" with Jordin Sparks, for which he was nominated for a Grammy in 2009. (Lucas Jackson / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Crowd appeal

    The audience reaches out to touch Brown during an appearance on the TODAY show in New York's Rockefeller Center. (Richard Drew / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Moonman

    Brown poses backstage with his award for best male video at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards held at Paramount Pictures Studio Lot on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008, in Los Angeles. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Orange crushed

    Brown arrives at the 21st Annual Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles, on Saturday, March 29, 2008. There was immediate fallout from Brown's arrest Feb. 9, 2009, with Wrigley stopping all ad and marketing campaigns tied to Brown, who had been their Doublemint gum pitchman. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. The moves

    Brown performs on the TODAY show in New York's Rockefeller Center on Friday, June 6, 2008. (Richard Drew / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. What next?

    Brown performs on TODAY on Aug. 31, 2007. At the times of his arrest, Brown was near the end of promoting his platinum-selling "Exclusive" CD and was concentrating on filming movies. (Brendan Mcdermid / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Before the fall

    Rihanna and Brown are seen at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, June 1, 2008, in Los Angeles. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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By The Scoop
msnbc.com
updated 3/24/2009 9:29:22 PM ET 2009-03-25T01:29:22

It’s not an official breakup, but Rihanna and Chris Brown are taking some time off from their controversial relationship.

“They’re taking a break,” a source told Us Weekly. “Jay-Z told Rihanna she needs to cut things out with Chris, at least in public.”

Whatever is going on behind closed doors, Rihanna is putting on a good public show of recovery. On March 18, the singer texted Katy Perry and partied with her and Hayden Panettiere at Hollywood hotspot Les Deux, Us Weekly reports.

The public may have no desire to see Brown, who said to be hiding out in a house in Montpelier, Va., although he recently emerged to buy 14 baseball caps at a local Lids store.

“He said, ‘It’s not what it seems’ about the Rihanna situation,” salesperson Shavon Bradshaw told Us Weekly.

Brown was due to appear at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards this Saturday, but took his name out of the running after charges were filed against him in his alleged Feb. 8 assault of Rihanna.

Michael Jackson outraged over IRA comparison
Michael Jackson has been the brunt of jokes for years, but there is a point where he draws the line: terrorism.

During a March 20 broadcast of the BBC’s “The Now Show,” the joke was made, "I can't believe which '80s celebrities I want back less, Michael Jackson or the IRA.”

Jackson, whose comeback tour kicks off this summer, is said to be furious and wants an apology.

According to an “unidentified source” who spoke to UPI, “Michael was told about the comments and was appalled… To compare him to cold-blooded murderers is not funny. It’s highly offensive.”

Paris weighs in on Dora the older, hotter Explorer
The Mattel doll version of Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer is rushing through childhood just like Strawberry Shortcake did last year.

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The doll is trying on a controversial new look, trading Dora's signature bowl cut for luxurious highlighted brown locks, and donning a tunic and leggings. Slideshow: Celebrity Sightings

“I’m glad they kept her dress pink — she looks really cute. And I love her accessories,” Paris Hilton told Life & Style.

Dora’s sexier image may have some moms up in arms, but “Gossip Girl” star Kelly Rutherford lends us some perspective.

“The doll can’t be as racy as ‘Gossip Girl,’” Rutherford told Life & Style. “I think Hermès (Rutherford's 2-year-old son) will adore her!”

Zellweger supports troops
Renee Zellweger’s newest film, “Monsters vs. Aliens,” opens March 27, but instead of heading out on the usual publicity tour, she’s carving out time this week to support the troops.

The actress will appear with longtime Senate candidate Al Franken March 25 at the United Service Organization's annual black-tie awards dinner, where she will introduce recovering service members.

Kudos to Zellweger for being a celeb face behind a cause she actually participates in when there isn’t an event involved. The USO of Metropolitan Washington says Zellweger has visited Walter Reed Army Medical Center several times and she’s gracious with her time when she’s there.

“On her first trip, she was scheduled to meet with patients for two hours, but spent over eight hours visiting with individual battle-wounded service members,” said one organizer.

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