'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.
The 25-year-old singer and actress, who has stated that she was close to the singer, watched the documentary this past weekend.
Apparently, Palmer must not have been privy to the many stories and accounts of the singer's "alleged" perverted and abusive actions that have plagued Black girls and women for the better part of 20 years — allegations that Kelly continues to deny.
In 2017, the talented performer sang Kelly's praises for "encouraging her to think of both her acting and music as two sides of her overall artistic identity."
After watching the documentary, Palmer took to Instagram to share her emotions with her followers.
"I have spent the last hour crying. As a student of R. Kelly's for the time I was and having been around his light and understanding the obstacles he overcame as a child to actually be birthed into the musical genius he is today... All to put others through the same darkness he was running from is the most disheartening thing to accept," she wrote. "Many people experience hardships and do not allow themselves to find freedom through their passion enough to shine a light."
Palmer continued, "R. Kelly received that grace from God. God blessed him to vindicate his childhood shortcomings and yet still he has slapped God in the face by his actions towards these women. I am hurt and saddened because he could have been a blessing to these women but instead he repeatedly took advantage and that I cannot accept."
Palmer's solidarity and support is just one of the many ways Black women and girls have come together in an attempt to get R. Kelly to be held accountable for his actions.
Since the documentary has aired, R. Kelly's world appears to have started to crumble around him. The state attorney's office in Cook County, Ill., is also working with prosecutors to determine if they have a case against the controversial singer. The district attorney in Fulton County, Ga., is currently investigating him for the possibility to file criminal charges. Finally, he was also evicted from his Chicago studio where many of the allegations took place.
The sportscaster allegedly took down the word "plantation" from the sign at the private community where he lives.
The award-winning rapper took part in Super Bowl-related events, but explains why she's not performing at the main event and why it wasn't an easy decision.
Cardi B is nominated for five Grammys and competing for both record and album of the year. If she accepted the offer to perform during Super Bowl 53 on Sunday, her audience would have been more than 100 million Americans. But she declined the NFL's offer. She stands in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, "a man who sacrificed his job for us."
James was Spencer's sponsor, ensuring she would receive pay equal to her male counterparts for a biopic about Madam C.J. Walker.
In business settings, a sponsor will actively advocate for you by using their influence and networks to help you earn raises and promotions and garner success. According to Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James was her sponsor in pay negotiations with Netflix.
"I still believe that justice will be served," said Smollett as police have new leads in the case.
UPDATE: Feb. 1, 2019
"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett has released his first public comments about the incident:
"Let me start by saying that I'm O.K.," Smollett said in a statement released on Friday. "My body is strong but my soul is stronger. More importantly, I want to say thank you. The outpouring of love and support from my village has meant more than I will ever be able to truly put into words."
"I am working with authorities and have been 100 percent factual and consistent on every level. Despite my frustrations and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations that have been spread, I still believe that justice will be served."
The FBI and Chicago PD are investigating have new leads.
Chicago police said an envelope with white powder and a threatening letter with magazine cut outs pasted on paper was received at Cinespace Studios, where "Empire" is filmed, on Jan. 22.
HAZMAT responded, but the white substance turned out to be aspirin.
Police have released photos of two individuals wanted for questioning.
Video of Smollett walking into a hotel after the attack with a noose around his neck, along with the noose and his sweater have also been acquired to help try to identify more clues to find the attackers.
Smollett said he was on the phone with his manager when the attack happened.
His family's statement said this was a "violent and unprovoked attack," and "a racial and homophobic hate crime."
A witness, who requested anonymity, described a "creepy" white man outside the building with a clothesline hanging from his pants, staring at another man near another entrance about 300 hundred feet away.
She told TMZ, "He looked out of place." He had scruff on his face, wearing a blue winter beanie, a blue zip-up sweatshirt with a hood and blue jeans that were too short. He had "thick, grey hunting socks" with camel-colored dress shoes.
She talked to detectives when she found out there was an attack.
"Empire" star, Jussie Smollett, was brutally attacked and hospitalized early Tuesday morning.
"Black Panther" wins SAG award and Boseman keeps it all in perspective in a speech that has gone viral.
Ryan Coogler's film "Black Panther" won a SAG award Sunday night for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, and Chadwick Boseman's impromptu speech has gone viral on social media. He delivered a message that presented the reality of the spaces Blacks don't occupy in Hollywood.
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"This is a huge victory for the survivors who came forward, both in 'Surviving R. Kelly' and before, and all young Black women, who are systematically undervalued in our society," said Arisha Hatch of Color of Change.
R. Kelly was removed from RCA Records' website on Friday, but no official statement has been made by the record label.
Sony and R. Kelly have agreed to part ways, according to a Billboard report. The "Surviving R. Kelly" documentary and subsequent backlash from activists, music fans, and fellow music artists seems to have taken its toll, after more than 25 years of accusations of sexual and physical abuse.