Cheryl is a poet, freelance writer, former newspaper columnist, licensed/ordained minister, and founder of two outreach ministries.
A great talent
According to The Christian Post, actor Orlando Brown is in rehab and getting his life back on track after years of difficulty. You can read the article in its entirety here. Brown is residing at Rise Discipleship, a free 6-month in-patient recovery program for men who struggle with homelessness, addiction, and other "life-controlling issues". Brown is said to be looking forward to his graduation. The facility is run by Rise Church in Abilene, Texas. The organization's website states the following. “We help not only those who struggle with drugs and alcohol, but also those who battle depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. Every RISE student will be given a biblical foundation that will assist in character building and the leadership development to approach life in a new light,” Brown has admitted to using Crystal Meth, Marijuana and other drugs,
Orlando Brown was born on December 4, 1987, and is also a singer and rapper. He is best known for his Disney Channel role as Eddie Thomas on the series That's So Raven (2003–2007). he also did the voice of Sticky Webb in the Disney animated show The Proud Family (2001-2005). He was an extra in the feature film Straight Out of Compton and portrayed 3J in the last few seasons of Family Matters. He was also in the television series Two of a Kind (1998–1999), and films Major Payne (1995) and Max Keeble's Big Move (2001). Brown is fortunate to have begun his career as a child and continued in show business as a teen and young adult. Orlando Brown also provided soundtracks to the television series Disney Jingle Jams, Disneymania, "That's So Raven", 2, Radio DisneyRemixMania, That's So Raven Too!, Disneymania 4 and Princess DisneyMania.
Brown seems to have been a victim of two well known "curses" that plague Hollywood which are the Child star curse and the Disney curse. There have been a number of child actors whose lives have gone down paths they never intended. It seems to be much worse for those who began their careers working for Disney. To be fair there are child actors and Disney alum who have not dealt with extreme issues as they grew older. His troubles began in 2016, when the actor went to jail several times, being charged with various crimes.. On February 28, 2016, in , Brown was arrested in Torrence California and later charged with drug possession. with intent to distribute, domestic battery, and obstruction of justice. Because he was gaining a pretty wild reputation, many film directors would not allow him to work in their film projects. This caused his career to take a nosedive. On June 5, 2018, Brown was arrested by police in Las Vegas. He was leaving a local hotel that is known for illegal drug sales and use as well as prostitution. During the same year, he entered rehab, after family, and friends staged an intervention. Brown only remained in the program for one week in the facility before returning to his previous lifestyle.
Music career and the future
In 2018, Orlando Brown appeared on an episode of the Dr. Phil show, and made some pretty farfetched claims such as Micahel Jackson being his father. Ther have also been reports that the actor was seen running naked. When his acting career stalled, Brown turned to music. In 2018, his single "F**k My Fame (Radio)" was released. A second single followed in 2019 titled "Empire". In 2020 he has already released two additional singles, Coming to American and "Hi, I'm Famous" and his first album "Trade It All" in 2006. No date has been given as to when Orlando Brown will be released from the facility but he is quoted as saying that this program is helping him get his life back on track. Best of luck to Orlando Brown in sticking with the program and let's hope all goes as he expects when he is released. The real test comes when he leaves the rehab center and once again is in the real world, facing the very issues that caused him to go there in the first place. Brown is quoted as saying the following regarding his stay in the rehab center. “I can tell you that I’m OK. I’m alive. I was in an unsafe position and it has been shaky but at the end of the day all I can tell you is I’m OK and I’m graduating and I will be getting married,” It sounds like he is a man with a plan and that's a good start.
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© 2020 Cheryl E Preston
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 24, 2020:
It is so sad when people take the wrong turn in life. I pray he is finding the help he needs in this rehab center and that his path forward will be a smooth one.
Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on September 22, 2020:
Yes I know, Several have died. Thank you for reading.
Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on September 22, 2020:
I am happy he is getting the help he needs, And, I am even happier he knew he needed the help. So many young actors have a bumpy road to travel on their journey of life. The film world is not always the best place for children. I am sending prayers his way and prayers to you for writing this hub. It makes me sad when bad things happen to young people.