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Women of Color Within Time's Up Join #MuteRKelly Protest
To Our Fellow Women of Color:
We see you. We hear you. Because we are you.
For too long, our community has ignored our pain. The pain we bear is a burden that too many women of color have had to bear for centuries. The wounds run deep.
As Women of Color within Time’s Up, we recognize that we have a responsibility to help right this wrong. We intend to shine a bright light on our WOC sisters in need. It is our hope that we will never feel ignored or silenced ever again.
The recent court decision against Bill Cosby is one step towards addressing these ills but it is just a start. We call on people everywhere to join with us to insist on a world in which women of all kinds can pursue their dreams free from sexual assault, abuse and predatory behavior.
To this end, today we join an existing online campaign called #MuteRKelly.
May 2, 2018
#MuteRKelly co-founder to R. Kelly: ‘You were not lynched—you hung yourself!’
So, R. Kelly you’re being lynched?
Yet, you’re still alive, and being protected by indifferent fans and an entourage with in my opinion, questionable moral character. I’ve taken some time to digest those words only to find myself with a burning acid in my soul. So I’ll start by stating this: You were not lynched—YOU HUNG YOURSELF!
January 24, 2018
#MuteRKelly campaign organizers take aim at the ‘Pied Piper of R & B’
Numerous predatory Hollywood men have been taken down by Tarana Burke‘s re-ignited #MeToo movement in the past few months, but #MuteRKelly is a campaign designed specifically to eradicate R. Kelly from the music industry forever.
The billboard-topping, platinum-selling singer has been embroiled in sexual abuse scandals with multiple under-aged girls for the past two decades. From marrying a 15-year-old Aaliyah when he was 25, to being acquitted of multiple charges involving a teenager he allegedly urinated on while performing sex acts, to be being accused of holding young women hostage in his homes. One would think R. Kelly would be front and center in the #MeToo movement.
Yet, Kellz has managed to tour all over the country, collaborate with other artists, and put out new music even while being the subject of numerous troubling investigative reports.
Oronike Odeleye, the Atlanta-based managing director of the Creative Currents Artist Collaborative, seeks to change that. In July of 2017, she started a petition to get R. Kelly’s music off of Atlanta airwaves.
Odeleye’s petition caught the eye of Kenyette Barnes, a seasoned social justice activist who herself is a survivor of child pornography. The two met for coffee and have been sisters in this fight ever since. Odeleye credits Barnes with bringing structure to the campaign and creating the #MuteRKelly hashtag.