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November 27, 2014

Response to Ferguson: Systemic Problems Require Systemic Solutions

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Decades of segregation and inequality in Ferguson, as well as most American metropolitan areas, have fostered a racial inequality exacerbated by the criminalization of not just poverty, but the criminalization of black and brown bodies. Too many whites are too willing to believe that a black body poses a threat.

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Whitney Houston's much-publicized interview with Oprah Winfrey couldn't have had more peculiar timing. Her ex-husband, Bobby Brown, who seemed to be the main topic of the "candid" tête-à-tête with the billionaire media maven – is talking, too.

In promotion of his forthcoming 'Behind the Music' special, the 'My Prerogative' crooner recently opened up to 'The Insider' about his rocky relationship with Houston.

"I think we corrupted each other," Brown disclosed. "I don't think she hurt me or I hurt her in any way. I just think we had a 14-year marriage that had its ups and downs, and not many people understood it."

Houston confirmed Brown's statement by revealing that the two were inseparable during their marriage.

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    Arista Records head Clive Davis, left, kicks off Grammy week with his 10th annual pre-Grammy party with, from left, Quincy Jones, Whitney Houston, and Bobby Brown in Beverly Hills, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 27, 1996. HO/AP Photo

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    Whitney Houston, center, her husband Bobby Brown, second right, and other members of her entourage pose for a photo near Jerusalem's Old City walls Wednesday May 28, 2003. Houston is in Israel to visit the Black Hebrews, an African-American community that moved to Israel in 1969 and settled in the southern town of Dimona. Photo by Zoom 77, AP Photo.

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    Whitney Houston, right, and her husband, Bobby Brown, perform during the "VH1 Divas" duets show in this May 22, 2003 file photo, in Las Vegas. After a tumultuous 14-year marriage marked by drug arrests and stints in rehab, Houston is divorcing Bobby Brown. The pop singer filed divorce papers in Orange County Superior Court this week, a month after filing for legal separation from Brown, Houston's publicist Nancy Seltzer said Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006. Photo by Joe Cavaretta, AP Photo.

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    Whitney Houston, left, smiles at her husband, singer Bobby Brown, during a court hearing on Nov. 25, 2002, in Dekalb County State Court in Decatur, Ga. Houston has filed for divorce from Brown, her publicist told The Associated Press on Wednesday, Sept 13, 2006. Photo by Erik S. Lesser, AP Photo.

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    Bobby Brown and his wife Whitney Houston arrive at Vanity Fair's Oscar party at Morton's in Hollywood on Sunday, March 25, 2001. "I have not seen or spoken to my daughter since early June and I have no prospect of speaking to her anytime soon due to Whitney's actions," Brown declared in Orange County Superior Court documents filed Friday Aug. 24, 2007. Brown has been trying to overturn a judge's default judgment to nullify the couple's marriage and grant Houston sole custody of 14-year-old Bobbi Kristina. During their 14-year marriage, Brown was arrested for drugs and alcohol, and Houston twice entered drug rehab programs. Photo by Laura Rauch, AP Photo.

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"He was my drug," Houston confessed yesterday on the season premiere of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show.' "I didn't do anything without him. I wasn't getting high by myself. It was me and him together, and we were partners, and that's what my high was -- him. He and I being together, and whatever we did, we did it together. No matter what, we did it together."

Brown divulged what he says was the real reason for why he began abusing cocaine. "It's a powerful drug," he said, adding that he also turned to drugs because of the lack of enthusiasm in his marriage.

"I just think I was bored. I had just gotten married, and things [weren't] right, and I turned to alcohol and drugs."

Is that so, Bobby?

It appears marriage and boredom weren't the only thing that may have gotten the former New Edition member down in a slump. According to his 'Being Bobby Brown' autobiography, (which was later labeled "unauthorized" due to conflicts of interests between him and author Derrick Handspike), the Grammy Award-winning Boston native recalled drinking heavily when he separated from a famous former girlfriend .

"Before I met Janet [Jackson], I would never drink hard liquor. I only drank beer," he revealed. "But after our breakup, I started drinking hard liquor abundantly. I took the way our relationship ended very hard. Not to say we were head over heels in love, but she was someone I had a lot of feelings for."

"Besides, we were young and naive," he added. "I was only about 19 or 20 years old. Young love is no joke!"

As for his thoughts on seeing his ex-wife on Winfrey's show, Brown doesn't seem too fazed by her appearance. "If there's something that she says that is untrue or disrespectful then...I'll deal with that with her."

Uh oh.

'Behind the Music: Bobby Brown' premieres on Sept. 24 at 10 p.m. ET on VH1.



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