Oronike Odeleye and Kenyzette Barnes are the Black female activists who created the #MuteRKelly initiative earlier this year, aimed at not only silencing the predatory singer, but freeing the young women within his grasp. For this week’s episode of Listen To Black Women, we’re discussing why some Black women still can’t let go of R. Kelly despite the decades of abuse he’s subjected young Black girls to, and during the show we had a conversation with Odeleye who made it clear that when it comes to the Pied Piper in particular, there is no separating this artist from his music.
Check out our conversation with Odeleye in the video above in which explains the direct connection between supporting R. Kelly’s music financially and enabling him to keep women captive in his cult in Atlanta. And how even she had to ask herself if she could keep listening to his music in her moments of romance knowing that those songs were the soundtrack to another woman’s terror. Watch the conversation and weigh in below.