Common Speaks On ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ : ‘I Can’t Condone That’

Common says that he and the black community failed R. Kelly’s victims by not listening to their stories sooner.

via Complex:

In an interview with TMZ, Common shouldered his share of the blame for Kelly’s continued success in spite of numerous stories of abuse. The Chicago native said that many people were willing to overlook Kelly’s misdeeds to remain fans. 

“I’m guilty of that too myself because I didn’t stop and be like, ‘Yo,’ and speak against this,” he said. “R. Kelly’s from my hometown. At the end of the day, he’s a human being. He has his issues and we see that, but I can’t condone that and I shouldn’t be allowing that to happen. We failed our community as black people.”

“We failed as a community because we knew these things were happening,” Common continued. “And instead of trying to be like, ‘Yo. Let’s go and try to resolve this situation and free these young ladies and stop this thing that’s going on,’ we were just like, ‘Man, we rocking to the music.’”

Common is not the first Chicago musician to speak out against Kelly. In an old interview that was used in the Surviving R. Kelly series, Chance the Rapper admitted he regrets working with the R&B singer. He said that his hypersensitivity to the oppression of black men caused him to overlook the suffering of black women, particularly R. Kelly’s accusers. 

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Chance The Rapper Proposes To Girlfriend

Chance the Rapper is taking his relationship with longtime girlfriend to the next level.

He proposed to his girlfriend, Kirsten Corley, at a Fourth of July party.

In a video posted social media, family and friends gathered as Chance got down on bended knee

Family and friends are heard cheering in the background as the rapper asks her to make him a man by being his wife.

As Kristen accepted Chance’s proposal, he grabbed their 2-year-old daughter, Kensli Bennett, for a group hug.

Cardi B’s Debut Album ‘Invasion of Privacy’ Is Finally OUT

Featuring SZA, Chance the Rapper, Migos, 21 Savage, Kehlani, YG, J. Balvin, and Bad Bunny.

Cardi B’s debut album Invasion of Privacy is finally here. The record includes the singles “Bodak Yellow,” “Bartier Cardi,” “Be Careful,” and “Drip.” It also has a number of surprise features from SZA, Chance the Rapper, Kehlani, J. Balvin, Bad Bunny and YG alongside previously released collabs with Migos and 21 Savage.

Earlier yesterday, when asked about pregnancy rumors in an interview with Ebro, Cardi B said “I feel like people just got to tune in a little bit on my album and they will know a little bit more because I can’t address all the rumors and everything.” She went on to add “I have been so open to people about myself…you cannot invade my privacy, I’m not a damn animal at the zoo.”

No Days Off : Reach For The Stars

You can get a Grammy without being signed to a label or having physical copies of your music.
Chance The Rapper

You can make a comics series and get picked up by Netflix.
Mark Millar 

You can be an art school dropout, vlog about makeup, become one of the most successful YouTubers of all time and create a $500 Million beauty product subscription service.
Michelle Phan

You can make a YouTube webisode series, get picked up by HBO for a show where you’re the producer AND the star, and end up in a Jay-Z video.
Issa Rae

You can blog, write a book, become a New York Times best seller, and then get your book turned into a show by Shonda Rhimes.
Luvvie Ajayi

You can be an architect, make a blog to help you study for an architectural exam, get LAID OFF from your job, find out that you’re getting over 5000 unique hits a day from that blog because other people were studying for that same certification, turn your blog into a book, make profit, and go on to create an online business that generates well over $100K a month and end up in Forbes as one of the “thought leaders of tomorrow.”
Pat Flynn

You can be an 11-year old #girlboss, make a lemonade recipe with honey to save bees, get an $60,000 investment from ABC’s Shark Tank and land an $11 Million dollar deal with Whole Foods.
Mikaila Ulmer

You can be a visual artist/activist and create an art installation about equality with NIKE and SOLANGE.
B Mike

You can create killer content and create a FREAKING empire!

Degrees of separation is ZERO. If you’re doing some dope stuff that’s truly authentic, if you keep it simple, AND if you’re consistent, you will rise above the noise and you WILL be heard. You don’t have to make a spanking brand new product/service…all you have to do is expand your product/service’s category. You don’t need to promise be the best. You just need to be the leader!

THIS is the new “realistic.” You need to know that. WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE. WHAT A TIME to 5X and 10X your goals!

The question is no longer “how will you get it done…” there’s all kinds of resources out there at your fingertips. The new question is “WHEN” you’ll get it done. You better take FULL advantage of the time that we are living in.

Get it DONE! YOU can DO it! WE CAN DO IT

Girls’ Trip : New Orleans For Essence Festival

Essence Festival is the mother of all festivals its been going down since 94′ Its the official party with a purpose, and this year the legacy continued with four days of music, empowerment, community and entertainment.

Big names in the game like Queen Latifah , Jada Pinkett Smith , Larenz Tate , Issa Rae and more where in the building to inspire us. While Mary J. Blige , Diana Ross , Chance the Rapper , Xscape and more where there to keep us on our feet. It was truly an amazing experience.

It was alot of free experiences too that i didnt know about that im now kicking myself for but ill be back!

June 30 – July 5th we visited New Orleans for Essence Festival. We rented a guest house called Blue60 Guesthouse for our stay. This video is of our day to night adventures with my sister Kay and our friend Nikki. We really enjoyed our stay and we let our hair down – Nawlins was LIT! I filmed what i could but i definitely was indulging in the moment. Hope you like it

Chance The Rapper DONATES 1 Million Dollars to Chicago Schools


Courtesy of ABC 7 Chicago

Chance The Rapper is putting his money back into his neighborhoods…Chicago Public Schools.

Days after his frustrating meeting with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner about school funding, the 3x Grammy Award-winning rapper announced his $1 million donation to the Chicago Public School Foundation.

Chance, born Chancelor Bennett, held a press conference on Monday (March 6) at the Wescott Elementary School on the southside of Chicago.

He thanked his fans for making the donation possible through ticket sales from his upcoming tour as well as an “unprecedented” coordination between Ticketmaster, LiveNation, and AEG, and independent promoters and venues around the country.

This makes me so happy. Way to Go Chance The Rapper such an excellent thing to do for the community. I can’t wait for the day i can give back like this