Work with me here. Suppose you had a teenage daughter and one day you heard from someone that she had sex, willing or otherwise, with a grown man. A man that you have known in the past to have had relationships with women much younger than him. You confront your daughter but she denies it.
Would you then invite him into your home anyway, despite the fact that even though you don’t have concrete proof he had sex with your daughter you are aware of his very public past relationships with younger women?
Well then can someone please explain to me why the hell Black America continues to look the other way regarding R. “I Don’t See Nothing Wrong” Kelly’s—-count em’, not 1, not 2, not 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, or 13, but 14 counts of child pornography? We’re still buying all of his albums and selling out his concerts, like we don’t know how he gets down.
This is just the most baffling thing to me because I know like you know if his accuser had been a he or even a Caucasian she, we would not be still supporting that fool. Just keeping it real.
Like A Freak The Real R. Kelly - Allegations of Kelly’s sexual activity with underage girls go as far back as 1991.
Since then, he’s settled lawsuits with two women who accused him of having sex with them while they were minors, further proof of Kelly’s “Down Low Double Life.”
Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number - Let us not forget that R. Kelly and Aaliyah (R.I.P.) were secretly married on August 31, 1994. Aaliyah was 15 years old and Kelly was 27. That’s a difference of 12 years. Vibe magazine published the marriage license which showed that Aaliyah has listed her age as 18 on the marriage license making it invalid by law and paving the way an annulment.
The Greatest Sex - Then in 2002, a video tape that allegedly showed Kelly and a 14-year-old daughter of an associate, and niece of Sparkle, a former Kelly protégé, engaging in sex popped up. And like with all victims suffering from Stockholm syndrome, the girl and her parents have denied that she is the person shown on the tape.
Bootleg copies of the tape were being sold from hood to hood. The tape showed numerous sex acts, including the girl being urinated on.
Sex Me, Pts. 1-2 - In June 2002, Kelly was indicted in Chicago for 21 counts of having sex with a minor, which were later reduced to soliciting a minor for child pornography, seven counts of videotaping the acts, and seven counts of producing child pornography. These charges came after viewing the tapes showed that there was no actual sexual intercourse involved. Kelly still faces 14 of the charges.
12 Play - In addition to the charges in Illinois, Kelly was being considered for further charges in Polk county Florida on January 23, 2003 on 12 counts of possession of child pornography when authorities alleged to have found a digital camera containing 12 pictures of an underage female with three of them showing Kelly and her engaged in intercourse. These claims were never proven, and the charges were dropped after the search that led to them was ruled illegal.
Snake - Then there was the lawsuit filed by a Chicago woman who accused Kelly of going “Half on A Baby” and impregnating her when she was a teen-ager and forcing her to have an abortion.
When A Woman’s Fed Up—During the pornography controversy, then future wife Andrea sought a restraining order against him in 2005 claiming he physically and verbally attacked her on two occasions but it was “A Women’s Threat” that was later rescinded.
Andrea had been a backup dancer and became pregnant by him. They later married and she is the mother of his son and two daughters. R. Kelly and his wife are legally separated, but are in the process of getting a divorce.
When A Woman’s Fed Up the Remix—Most recently, Kelly’s longtime publicist, Regina Daniels, issued a statement announcing she had resigned her position. “I have always prided myself on professionalism, respect and loyalty,” Daniels said. “I ended my relationship with Kelly because there are some lines you just don’t cross.”
Showdown - Daniel’s husband, music retailer George Daniels, said in a statement, “I have also disassociated myself from Kelly.”
Money Makes the World Go Round - R. Kelly’s Los Angeles concert, a concert in a tour by the way that his camp emphatically denied earlier this year when R&B singer Keyshia Cole had a slip of the tongue on MTV. Why? Because instead of planning a tour and pulling one over on the public, R. Kelly was supposed to be preparing to go to trial on his 14 counts of pornography. Count em’, not 1, not 2, not 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, or 13, but 14 counts of child pornography?
A concert that is taking place in a house of worship, and not just any house of worship, but a Black-mega-church house of worship. I’m speaking of The Forum in Los Angeles and Faithful Central Bible Church.
Ghetto Religion - R. Kelly’s Double Up debuted in May as the No. 1 selling album on both Billboard’s Top 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop album charts. The No. 1 debut of Double Up marks the highest first-week sales of the year for any R&B solo artist.
Double Up is R. Kelly’s eighth top 5 debut and his fifth No. 1 album as a solo artist. It includes the first single “I’m A Flirt” and “Same Girl,” a duet with Usher, that reached Top 10 status on urban radio.
And despite his penchant for underage females, Kelly has sold in excess of 36 million albums worldwide. He’s managed several multi-platinum albums, 12 Play - (6x), R. Kelly - (5x), R. - (8x), TP-2.COM - (4x), Chocolate Factory - (2x), Happy People/U Saved Me - (3x). R. Kelly has collected multiple Grammy, American Music, Billboard and Soul Train awards and has teamed up with some of the biggest artists (and parents) in the world - Celine Dion, Snoop Dogg, The Game, Young Jeezy, Ciara, and Diddy.
And now this, a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for “Same Girl” which also featured Usher.
The Chase: He Believes He Can Fly - It’s already been five years since Kelly was first indicted and his case has yet to go to trial.
Step in the Name of Love the Remix - The protest is going down:
R. Kelly Concert, Friday, December 14, 2007, 5 p.m.—The Forum, 3900 Manchester Boulevard, Inglewood, CA
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SHOULD THE COMMUNITY PROTEST AGAINST R-KELLY'S CONCERT TOUR? SPEAK OUT AND BE HEARD!