Surprise: Many Black women defend R. Kelly

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Despite overwhelming and damning circumstantial evidence to suggest that legendary R&B singer R. Kelly engaged in an uninterrupted pattern of gross sexual impropriety — and even statutory rape, if you include allegedly sexing down the late singer Aaliyah when she was just a teen — for the past three decades, there are many Black women who are coming to the defense of the prolific songwriter and producer.

And these Black women come armed and ready to defend their position.

The Black establishment has already maligned and vilified Robert Kelly for his alleged unsavory behavior his critics say dates back to the early 1990s. Activist Tarana Burke, the #MeToo movement founder, has helped gather up widespread support from other women of color to publicly renounce Kelly, while legendary radio jock Tom Joyner has pledged he will no longer play his music nor invite him on the “Tom Joyner Morning Show” to conduct interviews.

As the backlash becomes so substantial that it is greatly impacting Kelly’s reputation and pockets, Kelly came firing back on Instagram, denying he is a serial sex predator, saying he does not have a sex cult and revealing that his brand is being irreparably damaged.

His supportive base, and it is larger than some want to admit or realize, are also swinging at the critics and investigators who are eager to shut R. Kelly down.

Here is a sampling of that support on Twitter:

Terry Shropshire
Terry Shropshire

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