Surviving R. Kelly: Black Girls Deserve Better

Long before the #MeToo movement that shed light on women who have been abused by men of power in Hollywood, there was another group of women who were going through many of the same things for years, but they were young, much younger and silenced. All of this seemed to go down at the hands of superstar R&B singer R. Kelly.

In Lifetime’s new three-part docuseries, “Surviving R. Kelly,” a number of women speak out about the abuse they suffered at the hand of the “Pied Piper of R&B.” Kelly has done all of this in the background of creating hit after hit after hit of music that many of us have danced to, grinded to, made love to or sang along with.

Yet, this is nothing new to followers of his music.

Even before the infamous sex tape emerged in the early-2000’s, during which R. Kelly is seen urinating on an alleged minor, the singer had openly carried out a romantic relationship with his protégée, Aaliyah, when she was just