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I love a good award show with music, dancing and shenanigans just as much as the next person. And while the show was entertaining, funny and full of excitement, I was sorely disappointed that R. Kelly was tapped to perform. Did not BET or Centric have a say in this? If so, they are on my list too. A good friend of mine who found herself jamming to the man who created so many hits, stopped mid-stepping & recalled to her mind the various issues with R. Kelly. As she puts it, she felt the urge to ‘refresh her disgust’ by going back and re-reading some of the articles on Mr. Chocolate Factory’s sick perversions. R. Kelly is a pedophile. Plain and simple.
There are so many articles out there on the subject, but this one on the Village Voice really stands out. One excerpt reads: “...He [R. Kelly] would go back in the early years of his success and go to Lina McLin’s gospel choir class. She’s a legend in Chicago, gospel royalty. He would go to her sophomore class and hook up with girls afterward and have sex with them. Sometimes buy them a pair of sneakers. Sometimes just letting them hang out in his presence in the recording studio. She detailed the sexual relationship that she was scarred by. It lasted about one and a half to two years, and then he dumped her and she slit her wrists, tried to kill herself….” This is not a game, or a joke. Many young girls were scarred, hurt & broken by this man & his actions. Let’s not forget the fact he married Aaliyah the age of 15 years old. No amount of talent, dope beats, or banging music can make me forget that this man is abusive, sick, needs help, and a jail cell.
In essence, R. Kelly should not have been given the stage at one of the premier, iconic, African American music award shows that we all had the privilege to grow up on. There are so many other musical talents that could have easily been on display. So, needless to say, I am disappointed in this years Soul Train Awards. I personally think Soul Train owes the victims of R. Kelly’s sickness a serious apology. More importantly, R. Kelly himself needs to address each victim personally, with an open letter to all!
Love, peace and soul!
P.S. RIP Don Cornelius. You are missed.