Chris Brown headlines Richmond census rally

April 14th, 2010 by

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Richmond reached out to Virginia Union University students today and to southside residents. These are two areas of the city that have been slow to return their Census forms. And it is fair to say the city is now getting a little creative to get people to fill them out.

A local radio DJ tried to get a crowd of hundreds on the VUU campus thinking census. Clovia Lawrence got the crowd to chant, “Little count, little money! Big count big money!”

Richmond’s mayor, Dwight Jones even returned to his old campus. He said, “This census is more important than you can ever imagine.”

But it was the appearance of a local music star– trying for a comeback— that really got people’s attention. Tappahannock native Chris Brown headlined Richmond’s northside census rally. Brown told the crowd, “It raises money and helps everything for the community as far as Richmond, as far as where I’m from.” Brown only spoke for three minutes, but his presence caused a frenzy.

“Obviously I couldn’t get this crowd. They wouldn’t come to hear me. You’ve got to do what you have to do to get people interested. So, their excited about Chris Brown and I hope that it will translate into them filling out their census forms,” Mayor Jones told reporters.

And the city may have gotten the reaction it was looking for.

“When I saw him I was like, Chris Brown is really here? Why is he here? Then I found out it was for the census,” said student Chantal Brown.

At one point, Brown spontaneously broke out his dance moves, which led to a lot of screams. He certainly seemed to connect with the crowd, but Brown says he hopes he also got his message across.

“I think to a degree, behind the screams, I tried to get the point across as quick and easy as possible for them,” said Chris Brown.

One Response

  1. Bubba

    Lol what!? What’s going on in that picture? What a mark. Chris Brown is trying to be the next bobby brown but sucks. I agree on todays show: Why do African American woman love this asshole so much. It’s so hard to stick up for black folks when you got black folks marking out to this woman beating kid. He’s not even good for godsake. It’s racist for blacks to still think Chris Brown needs support. Damn Black folks, we white folks hate Charlie Sheen for what he did and does, why can’t blacks accept that people are fing stupid. Just because he’s black doesn’t mean hes a good guy. I guess it’s the same as why do people still like Sarah Palin…because everyone else hates her. But I bet Blacks hate Big Ben and think we don’t beleive he’s a rapist. It’s not color it’s stupid.

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