With Surviving R. Kelly wrapping up Saturday night, the discussion over the disgraced singer online turned from criticism of his actions to wondering about the friends, family, and colleagues who enabled him throughout 20 years of questionable activities.
More legal bumps are on the horizon for Kelly too, as Faith A. Rodgers filed a lawsuit against the singer in May. "Y'all know I ain't gonna be on no reality show or Lifetime, I'm a be on CNN, straight up". Why would people go out of their way to support someone with so many serious allegations of abuse against them?
In reality, he has had a support system around him who helped him with his predation.
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But in 2017, O'Reilly was forced from his perch as the top-rated host on cable TV after five women accused him of sexual harassment.
I posed this question on my Facebook page in May of 2018 and 236 comments later, the consensus was Black women have little to no confidence in a Black man defending them and some even mentioned the fear they harbor. But when my sister told me he married his 15-year-old protégé Aaliyah (which he has always denied), and I responded with something like, "shouldn't she be playing with kids my age?" While I absolutely deny these allegations, I feel terrible that I would be a source of pain for her.
For more powerful stories from alleged victims of R. Kelly, pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE on newsstands now. "But black woman are exponentially (a) higher oppressed and violated group of people just in comparison to the whole world", he says. "We're programmed to really be hypersensitive to black male oppression", he said. In 2008, during a trial against R. Kelly, Edwards testified, and added that she introduced the singer to her sister's daughter. John Legend also appeared on the show. I also believe that because many aided in covering everything up, and his hard-core fans standing behind him, some survivors may have felt that no one would believe them.
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The voices of black women on sexual harassment, and in particular, misogyny in music lyrics, have been drowned out by verbal attacks.
The clip of Chance, 25, was cut from a filmed interview with journalist Jamilah Lemieux - the full version of which has been obtained by Rolling Stone magazine.
If that isn't our #MeTooMovement moment, I don't know what is.
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He drove his second ball through the covers for three before once again dropping anchor, blocking and targeting only loose balls. The spinner pitched the ball up and the batsman, going for a drive, failed to counter it and was bowled.