Monday, I called in to WVON in Chicago, to talk about a story I’d written about Black women being the racial group most likely to be killed by their intimate partners. It wasn’t long before the conversation turned into the myriad of ways in which Black women find themselves disrespected in this world.
Naturally, being in Chicago, the hostess wanted to speak about R Kelly. She asked a question we’ve all wondered. How did these parents allow their children to go off with this man? I argued that while the parents weren’t entirely innocent, we as a society have to take some responsibility for their perception of R Kelly as well. Up until last month, his music still plays on the radio, he appeared on award shows, most notably closing out one on Centric, a network dedicated to women, hosted by Erykah Badu. And I argued that he was still out here selling out shows.
That’s when the host cut me off.
I was adamant. I’d seen the videos of women reaching up to grab on Kelly’s crotch. Those places looked packed.
But turns out I was wrong. The tide has shifted.
On Monday, the same day of my interview, Kelly was forced to cancel four of his shows for the After Party tour.
On Ticketmaster, Kelly’s New Orleans (August 11), Baton Rouge (August 12), Dallas (August 13) and Los Angeles (October 6) shows are canceled.
TMZ is reporting that the cancellations are due to poor ticket sales, noting that his last performance on July 28th at Virginia Beach, was only half full. A source close to Kelly claimed the Los Angeles cancellation was due to a scheduling conflict.
I’m glad to see people are finally moving in the right direction.