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I don’t even know where to begin with this story, other than to suggest that if you’re eating and don’t have a strong stomach, you may want to come back to this one later.
For years, we’ve been talking about R Kelly’s dysfunction. His predatory and most likely illegal dating and sexual habits, his definitely illegal marriage, his pedophila. We wrote about the Village Voicepiece in where R Kelly’s decades-long history of abuse was unearthed for the world to see. It was also the place where Jim DeRogatis said poignantly, “Nobody Matters Less To Our Society Than Young Black Women.”
Last year, we outlined the highlights from the GQ piece where Kelly spoke about his own sexual abuse as a child but defended Bill Cosby against mounting allegations.
We’ve spoken publicly about his sickness on episodes of “Did Y’all See?” much to the chagrin of some of our viewers.
Still, as much research as I’ve done on R Kelly, nothing could have prepared me for what I read in the BuzzFeed article that is currently searing the discussion on the internet.
In a phrase, it’s about parents who are trying everything in their power to get their children, their daughters, released from what they describe as R Kelly’s abusive cult.
It’s written by Jim DeRogatis, the Chicago reporter who has been following the R Kelly and his dysfunction for decades now and famously wrote the piece in The Village Voice I mentioned earlier.
It starts the perspective of parents, because as you’ll soon see, they’re the only ones who can speak rationally for and about their children these days.
“Backstage at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, on May 23, 2015, J. was thrilled that her 19-year-old daughter’s music career was going to make a major leap forward from recording demos and performing at talent shows to the chance of stardom — thanks to the help of an R&B superstar.