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R. Kelly and the Cost of Black Protectionism - The Atlantic
While Surviving convincingly argues that Kelly’s celebrity was a significant driving force in helping him establish a protected, predatory pattern, the docuseries picks at an uncomfortable truth that has long existed in the African American community. Black girls and women are often on their own in fighting abuse and misogynoir.

The African American community has struggled to deal with the abuse of black girls and women because addressing this widespread problem ultimately means singling out black men, which many are hesitant to do because they don’t want to become another vehicle that contributes to their destruction.

But a community conditioning itself to accept abuse out of racial solidarity is not only unacceptable, it’s also further jeopardizing the safety and well-being of black women and girls.
jemele-hill  theatlantic.com  r-kelly  surviving-r-kelly-documentary  black-women  misogynoir  sexual-assault 
january 2019 by yolandaenoch
I Don't Know How to Convince R. Kelly Fans That They Should Give a Shit About Black Girls
But some of those who believe in the separation between the art and the man are still able to possess a convenient level of cognitive dissonance; allowing them to distill the musical parts of him away from his madness. But that doesn’t exist either. The separation between the two is mythical; a fabrication invented by those who wish to pretend that R. Kelly’s musical catalog isn’t also filled with both reminders and taunts of his alleged sex crimes. The title of the hit he wrote for Aaliyah — his eventual teenaged wife — was “Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number.” His studio is named The Chocolate Factory. He coined himself the Pied Piper of R&B.

With that knowledge, it’s impossible to listen to “Seems Like You’re Ready” and not know exactly what he’s talking about. There’s no space to even begin to forget he is who is he, because he doesn’t allow for any. He wants us to know. He’s a bank robber who takes selfies with the security cameras.
r-kelly  damon-young  very-smart-brothas  rape  cognitive-dissonance  hypocrites  aaliyah  jerhonda-pace  jim-derogatis  black-women  black-women-issues 
august 2017 by yolandaenoch

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