Thursday, 17 January, 2019

R Kelly: From rising streaming numbers to celebrity backlash

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Stacy Diaz | 08 January, 2019, 17:32

USA cablenet Lifetime has pressed ahead as planned with the schedule for its docuseries Surviving R Kelly despite threats of a federal lawsuit from the singer's lawyer.

According to TMZ, the accused sex offender has vowed "to expose his accusers" for what he claims were "blatant" lies spewed in the recently released Lifetime docu-series "Surviving R. Kelly".

In May a year ago the streaming giant introduced their Hateful Conduct Policy where Spotify would remove the music of artists who music supposedly "advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual".

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Kelly documentary, has brought to light the singer's alleged sexual, mental and physical abuse that has gone unacknowledged for years - and now stars who have both worked with the disgraced singer and were fans of his work, have spoken out against him. In the text messages, the woman allegedly calls the singer "daddy".

The girl's parents denied it was their tween daughter on the video, and after the trial, Kelly went back to making sexually provocative music.

I mean, I have seen the scars on women's wrists where they attempted to kill themselves after relationships with R. Kelly, a man who is selling 100 million records, a man who is recording with Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber. "At the end of the day, whatever's being said is the truth". Many of R. Kelly's alleged sexual abuse victims went on camera to tell their stories. "I believe these women and don't give a f**k about protecting a serial child rapist", Legend wrote ahead of the show's premiere on Thursday. "It's just prevalent in all media", he said.

"We're programmed to really be hypersensitive to black male oppression", he said.

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.

In an interview for Surviving R. Kelly, Chance admits that working with Kelly was a "mistake" in clip taken from a May 2018 interview with Cassius' Jamilah Lemieux. "But black women are exponentially [a] higher oppressed and violated group of people just in comparison to the whole world".

Most streaming sites including Apple Music and Tidal still play Kelly's music. Last year, Spotify removed R. Kelly's music from their curated playlists as part of a reconsidered policy against music promoting hate or abuse.