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Chance the Rapper apologizes for working with R. Kelly

08 January 2019

Days after Lifetime's "Surviving R. Kelly" docuseries debuted with the stories of numerous women who've accused the singer of sexual and emotional abuse, a Facebook page targeting the women has been taken down.

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. "I apologise to all of his survivors for working with him and for taking this long to speak out". A national network that takes calls from people experiencing sexual abuse saw a 27 percent rise in traffic to their website after the first night "Surviving R. Kelly" aired, according to Today.

So now here we are in this space where Kelly is being completely exposed for who he is and the majority of his victims are Black women.

The vocal inflection in the clip also reflects Chance saying what he said in a more theoretical manner, not that he actually just doesn't believe Black women. The program follows the sexual assault allegations against Kelly, including interviews with Kelly's ex-wife and his accusers. We've invested so much of ourselves into this man that it's hard for us to let go.

Some critics seized on Chance's remarks about black women, which were quoted by Rolling Stone earlier on Saturday as they appeared in the documentary.

Now, 51-year-old R. Kelly has seen his Spotify streams jump 16%.

Before I go any further, I'd like to give full disclosure: I did think R. Kelly's music - hip hop twirled with R&B in a gritty way - was cool when I was a juvenile.

R. Kelly has been all over headlines these past few days following Lifetime's Surviving R. Kelly docuseries.

They demanded investigations into abuse allegations and the ostracising of the artist by any company with ties to him, including his label RCA Records and ticketing corporation Ticketmaster.

The allegations are subject to criminal prosecution in several U.S. states including IL, where R. Kelly lived as a resident of Chicago.

She took the stand to testify during Kelly's trial, but speaking out in court wasn't an easy thing to do, she explained during the fourth installment of Lifetime's six-part docu-series.

"I remember, after having [the baby], that's when the day happened", Andrea recalls in the documentary.

Chance the Rapper apologizes for working with R. Kelly