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Working in media and reporting on the trauma of Black girls and women for so long, I knew more than most about the intricacies of R. Kelly’s deviant sexual acts and abusive behavior. Still, nothing could have prepared me to put the faces to the names and stories I had written and learn the depth of his depravity and get a clearer picture about the damage it caused to the girls and women he’s abused over the years.

I think it would have been hard for anybody with good sense to watch all parts of that doc and come away with any other conclusion that Robert Kelly has allowed himself to become a monster. Period, full stop. And while it is long overdue, celebrities, particularly those in the music industry, are starting to acknowledge this fact.

Throughout the course of the documentary, several singers stepped forward publicly condemning Kelly’s actions—although some still have some things to learn. See what they had to say on the following pages.


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