Why are we talking about R Kelly in 2019 when there are so many other pressing issues?

Aya de Leon

RKelly meme 1-1Dream Hampton‘s 6-part Lifetime TV series “Surviving R Kelly” has brought it all up again when it aired this past week. This is a very divisive issue in the Black Community. Because it divides those who value the health and safety of black women and girls from those who don’t. And it’s painful to see who falls on which side.

Every few years, someone sounds the alarm about R Kelly. Jim DeRogatis has an extensive archive of meticulously researched articles on Kelly that detail the abuse, and it has never been enough to shut him down. Because the lives of black women and girls weren’t sufficiently important to prioritize over the entertainment dollars Kelly was making for the industry. And consumers allegedly found his music too irresistible to pay attention to his potentially pedophillic muse. Every few years, someone sounds the alarm (Jessica Hopper in 2013), and…

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