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Chance The Rapper Apologizes to Black Women for Working With R. Kelly

While Chance acknowledged his mistake, many other artists, who have profited in some way from an R. Kelly collaboration, are keeping quiet.


"Surviving R. Kelly," the documentary series that R. Kelly's lawyers had threatened to file a federal lawsuit over, has not only outed some disgusting allegations against the singer, songwriter and record producer, and the families of young Black girls, but also gut-wrenching truths about the treatment of Black women by the music industry — and the money and fame that has been prioritized over their lives.

Dream Hampton, the filmmaker, and outspoken critic of R. Kelly, divulged that many musicians declined to participate in the a six-part documentary series, saying it was a complicated mess.

Chance The Rapper, who appeared in the most recent airing, was quoted as saying working with R. Kelly was a "mistake."

Chance said on Twitter he regretted the collaboration, and apologized to survivors of sexual assault:

Meanwhile, John Legend said participating in the documentary was an "easy decision," and he turned down the praise from others who said he took a risk.

Legend has never worked with R. Kelly and has been an open critic.

Members of R. Kelly's inner circle, his alleged victims and their family members were featured. But some of the biggest names in the music industry shunned the idea of appearing in the documentary series, including Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, Mary J. Blige, and QuestLove.

"I mean, most people just don't want to touch it," Hampton said, in an interview. "I remember Ahmir ["Questlove" Thompson] was like, 'I would do anything for you but I can't do this.' It's not because they support him, it's because it's so messy and muddy. It's that turning away that has allowed this to go on."

QuestLove responded, in a now deleted tweet: "I always thought Kelly was trash ... My reason for declining the R. Kelly docu that I support 10000000 percent is I didn't wanna be in the 'good times' portion of the doc, like stanning for his 'genius.'"

But couldn't he still have said that, aside from his genius, his relationships were questionable?

While some have history with Kelly that was profitable, others have had disasters.

The Jay-Z/R. Kelly "Best of Both Worlds" platinum album's tour ended in disaster with lawsuits against each other that were settled out of court (R. Kelly had received unrelated threatening phone calls during that tour).

Lady Gaga and R. Kelly's 2013 song "Do What You Want," never had a music video because Gaga's team said after shooting it that it "looked like an ad for rape."

His lyrics in the song, which was about female empowerment, turned sexual with lines like: "I could be the drink in your cup/I could be the green in your blunt/Your pusher man, yeah, I got what you want."

And those who seem to support R. Kelly, like Erykah Badu, who called him her "brother" that has done more for Blacks than anyone, also turned down participating in the documentary series.

However, R&B singer Stephanie "Sparkle" Edwards, who testified against R. Kelly at his 2008 trial, and Me Too founder Tarana Burke, were featured.

"R. Kelly has brought so much pain to so many people," Legend says on camera in the Lifetime documentary, "#TimesUp for R. Kelly."

Soul Legend Gladys Knight to Sing National Anthem at Super Bowl

"I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta," Knight said. There's mixed reactions on social media.

Gladys Knight

It has been confirmed that legendary soul singer, Gladys Knight, will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, Ga., on Feb. 3.

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'All My Support Came From Black Women,' Says Actor Terry Crews

Crews said that, after revealing he was sexually assaulted by a Hollywood executive, Black women stood by him.


When actor Terry Crews revealed that he was the victim of sexual assault by a "high-level Hollywood executive," he said Black men shunned him, while Black women supported him.

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R. Kelly's Own Daughter Calls Him A 'Monster'

All three of his children, and his ex-wife, have not spoken to him in years.

Singer Buku Abi, real name Joann Kelly, posted on Instagram saying she was "devastated" by the recent accusations in the documentary "Surviving R. Kelly."

The 20-year-old said she hasn't seen or spoken to him in years, calling him a "terrible" father.

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Beyoncé's Parents Kept Destiny's Child Away From R. Kelly

There were repeated requests by him and his label to work with the teenage girls. Matthew Knowles, said of the girls: "They did not leave our eyes."


Beyoncé's father, Matthew Knowles said Destiny's Child stayed away from R. Kelly because they had heard of his reputation back in the late '90s.

"The girls were 15, 16," he said. "When they went to the bathroom, Tina would go with them. They did not leave our eyes."

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'I Will Stand By My Sisters,' Says Keke Palmer After Watching 'Surviving R. Kelly'

"I have spent the last hour crying," Palmer said on Instagram, referring to herself as a former "student of R. Kelly."

Keke Palmer is the latest celebrity speaking out against R. Kelly after Lifetime Network's airing of the deeply emotional and controversial "Surviving R. Kelly" last week.

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Milwaukee Mayor Whitesplains After Unarmed Black Man is Shot by Police

Meanwhile, an assault rifle-armed white man was not shot. Is it OK to compare the outcomes?

Brandon Moore and Jerry Smith, Jr. were both arrested by the Milwaukee Police. One was unarmed and shot three times while the other was armed with an AR-15 rifle and fired up to 15 shots and was left unscathed.

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