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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R. Kelly’s Streams Increase 16% Since ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Docuseries Premiere

Surviving R. Kelly’ has took over the internet with its million of social media conversations for two nights in a row — but as they say, all publicity is good publicity.

According to The Blast, a rep for Spotify confirms that R. Kelly’s  streams have increased 16% since Lifetime aired part 1 of ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ on Thursday night.

via The Blast:

The bump is interesting, considering the rocky past between R. Kelly and Spotify. Back in May, the global streaming giant announced they were removing R. Kelly’s music from all of its owned and operated playlists as part of an updated policy to stop promoting artists who have been accused of “hateful conduct.”

Spotify later backtracked from the ban after receiving backlash for supporting other artists who had been accused of sexual assault while singling out Kelly.

“Surviving R. Kelly” has gained major attention by showcasing former friends, employees and even family members speaking candidly about R. Kelly sexually abusing not only women, but young girls. Stars like John Legend and Wendy Williams have attached themselves to the project, even appearing on camera to talk about the allegations.