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The "Rrrrrrrr"

The "Rrrrr" pronounced "Are-ra" is what I used to call him. I believed I could fly because of him and believed I could do a few other things as well. Man I used to love his music even if he wore braided extensions, which by the way, men NEVER wear extensions in your cornrows. If you don't have enough hang time just go 'head and keep rocking that fade brother. So yeh, I stopped listening to the "Rrrrr"sometime in college or post college. I can't seem to remember when the golden shower tape surfaced. I do, however, remember how I felt watching that tape, which I think was literally a video tape. To this day I'll never forget the look in that little girls face. Even though her body was present her eyes were in a land far far far away. How can someone, an adult, much less a public figure prey on a child or anyone for that matter in a vulnerable situation? This is obviously a rhetorical question.

So fast forward to today and I'm surprised this the "Rrrrr" is not in prison already, still has a record deal, and still performs. Like, who is paying for these concert tix? I don't know any self respecting woman that would dare. Writing this is actually making me nauseous, so I'm going to keep it short.

Surviving R. Kelly in my opinion is trash. Maybe I need to watch it all, but I was disgusted with what I saw. Obviously disgusted with the "Rrrrr" but actually equally disgusted with Lifetime. The portrayal of the prior victims and parents looked like a page out of Love & Hip Hop or worse. The majority of the "cast" came off so ghetto and uneducated. We have enough issues in America with non-Blacks recognizing that Black lives actually do matter. How could the producers allow this? To me this is the equivalent of Fox news selecting the most ghetto Black person in the crowd to interview. Now ain't nothing wrong with being a little ghetto, but we need to control the narrative a bit more. America needs to see these women and families as the victims they are instead of the stereotypical lip smacking, head bobbing people they think we are. You can't tell me that there's not better footage out there. As a director/producer I know the magic of an edit and what my intentions are going into a shoot. Anyway we'll see what actually comes of this whole situ.

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