Femme. Black. Angry. Unapologetic. Done.
Well.. who ARE we?
We are fed TF up! Fed up with the hero worship of a predator, fueled by the money and apologies of indifferent fans, which allows him to prey on vulnerable young Black women and girls; and get the legal protections to help him skirt accountability.
Who are we? We are women who are advocates for young vulnerability, exploited Black girls.
Who are we? We are survivors of sexual abuse, exploitation and child pornography.
Who are we?
We begun this work as individuals. ANGRY Black women in arts, politics, public health, mental health, academia and social justice getting together and saying, “enough is enough!”
This sista is, (and others) my partner-in-crime. Our relationship was ordained, and over coffee at an swanky Atlanta, Ga area coffeeshop, we decided to take on this venture. We were clear that we have only two demands: That Atlanta radio stop rotation of R. Kelly’s music, and for the Fulton County Board of Commissioners to revoke the Live Nation contract, canceling the concert.
Oronike Odeleye, with Creative Currents Art Collective in ATL, launched the petition to compel the Atlanta Radio Community to stop rotation of R Kelly’s music and hold the artist’s community accountable and complicit for their silence and de-facto endorsement of his behavior. I, as a registered lobbyist, activist, political strategist, Legislative and Policy director of the Georgia Alliance for Social Justice and survivor of child pornography, called the legislative body of Fulton County, to task. Together, we launched #MuteRKelly.
In a very short time, we have experienced the dizzying maze of politics, government contracting, community outrage, corporate interest, social media shade, global media coverage and of course the banal refrain of “why you gotta always destroy the Black man?”
And yet, we persist.
Moving forward, the mission and #MuteRKelly movement has expanded across the country, to include our sisters in Detroit, Vegas and Memphis. While Live Nation can default to concerts being canceled due to “low ticket sales.” That’s a nice pivot. Especially since Live Nation WON’T RELEASE the ticket sale information. But ok…
Oronike was clear when she told Brittany Miller, the reporter at CBS 46 that “ we can’t let our tax dollars support this man! [It] is his money that insulates him.”
As I told Wendy Corona, a reporter from WSB-TV Channel 2 in Atlanta, “anecdotally the low ticket sales are due to public outrage, because people just don’t want to pay to see a man who is consistently accused of such horrific behavior!” I stand by those words.
Quite honestly, folks are just DONE with his unchecked behavior.
This is a movement. Make no mistake. WE WELCOME MORE VOICES.
#MuteRKelly #ATL 8.25.17