I just got home from watching Chris Brown‘s Welcome To My Life documentary and I’m still speechless. My heart is full and I’m truly humbled by his story… from beginning to end. The crazy part is that he chose to share it for the world to see. I say this without bias, because Lord knows I’m the biggest CB fan. Everyone needs to watch this. His story deserves to be seen, mainly because the media is the devil and people will believe anything the headlines say.
— Shirley Ju (@shirju) June 9, 2017
Where do I even begin? First off, thank you so much to my babygirl Ashley for the tickets. She’s the shit. We had the squad out for CB (#TeamBreezy). We hit the 7:30pm showing at AMC Burbank 16, which meant, unfamiliar territory lmao. I hate pulling up to a huge complex or mall and not knowing my way around. I was frantically trying to find the parking lot and must have made 10 illegal U-turns until Ash hit me with instructions. So clutch. And the lot was free. I see you, Burbank. I see you.
I spent $17 on a Wonder Woman ticket on Monday, along with $9 on popcorn, and $7 on parking. Regal L.A. Live is officially blacklisted. And I swore I wouldn’t spend any more money the rest of June lmao. But this is where the official red carpet premiere was held, on Tuesday. Chris Brown was actually in attendance, and he was playing with his daughter Royalty the entire time. Adorable. My friends went and told me how incredible the film was. I was informed he actually tells his side of the Rihanna story, and I couldn’t wait.
Before I move forward, have to give a disclaimer. This film was only playing in theaters tonight only. Shout out to Nadi with Fathom Events, this was his project. I had no idea lmao. Called him after and literally said congrats. It was a huge win in my eyes. I asked if they were opening up more days, because they should. This needs to be in theaters officially. He said they were thinking about it, depending on the numbers. All the showtimes sold out tonight, so high chance. Here’s the link to cop them (#FOMO).
We take our seats in the front row and the theater slowly but surely fills all the way up. Pretty sure every single person who bought a ticket was just as excited as we were. Baby daddy on the big screen? Yes, please. It’s remarkable how much they fit into 95 minutes. I was engaged the entire time. With my ADD, that never happens. It was really well-shot and had CB telling the story himself, from a first-person narrative.
It also has so many stars speaking on Chris Brown as an artist, including his mom, Jennifer Lopez, Usher, Tyga, DJ Khaled, etc. I loved seeing all those big names put respect on Chris’ name. Shout out to Ben who helped edit this also. He’s so dope, so I wasn’t even surprised when I found out he worked on the film.
I don’t want to give too much away, because you guys honestly need to go see this for yourselves. The beginning of the doc highlights CB’s upbringing and how he was discovered. Coming from Virginia, he did not come from the best situation. I loved how much he emphasized family, and how that’s the biggest part of his life. Beyond the glory, fame, and money, family was and is number one.
After showcasing CB becoming a superstar at just 16, the film takes a quick left turn. Tbh, nothing irks me more than when someone hates on CB because of the Rihanna incident. Yes, he hit her. And yes, he took full responsibility for it. He turned himself in the next day. We’re all human. We all make mistakes. That shouldn’t determine your worth. I’m so humbled to hear Chris tell his side of the story. The shit that nobody knew.
And shit, I’m the biggest Rihanna fan. Ask anyone. Rih > Bey any day. Love is a crazy thing. And it’s even more crazy when you’re battling your own demons and insecurities. The film goes on to shed light on how difficult it was for Chris to bounce back from the situation, including him serving time in jail, going to rehab, and his relationship with Karreuche.
The rehab portion really got to me. There was a part where someone had twisted the words that came out of Chris’ mouth, that resulted in him getting kicked out of the facility. This really struck a chord with me because a similar situation happened to me while I was in rehab. I’ll never forget that moment. It was probably one of the most hurtful things I’ve ever had to deal with in my life. You’re in this confined space already, with all the freedom stripped from you. To take something you share in a confidential (and therapeutic) setting and twist it into something it wasn’t, it’s simply not okay. I look back on it, and it still riles me up.
Shout out to my girl Melissa shedding tears next to me lmao. I literally felt the tears forming, but I held it in. This was an emotional rollercoaster. Chris Brown discovering his daughter is beyond heartwarming. Battling depression, anger management, and trauma throughout his journey, I think fatherhood is exactly what the doctor ordered. Royalty is his life now (beyond music). Such a great film. I had to snap this photo at the end.
“Pain is our strength, struggle is our victory.” Such a powerful quote. All bullshit aside, Chris Brown is a superstar. He can sing, dance, and entertain. Michael Jackson status.