Following the "Surviving R. Kelly" finale, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chance the Rapper and other celebrities are asking, "Do black girls' lives matter?"


The six-part docuseries featured accounts from accusers and Kelly's close friends on his life and allegations of abuse, predatory behavior and pedophilia.

Kelly's lawyer said the documentary is filled with false allegations, and has suggested the subjects are defaming his client for personal gain, according to Billboard.

In 2002, Kelly was charged with 21 counts of child pornography for a videotape that allegedly showed him having sex with an unidentified underage girl. He was acquitted, and his lawyers at the time said Kelly was not in the video, and suggested his likeness may have been computer-generated.

In 2017, he was accused of having a sexual relationship with a teen. At the time, Kelly's publicist denied previous allegations, saying they were "made up by individuals known to be dishonest."

But after Saturday's last episode of the series, people who took to social media had one question: why did no one care about the girls?

The conversation stems partly from a controversial statement Chance The Rapper made -- and which was used in the documentary -- in which he said he didn't care about the allegations at the time, because they were coming from black women.

Chance said on Twitter the quote was taken out of context.

— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) January 6, 2019

Chance published the full segment of the interview from which his quote was used, saying in it, "We're programmed to be hyper-sensitive to black male oppression."

"Black women are exponentially a higher oppressed and violated group of people just in comparison to the whole world. Maybe I didn't care because I didn't value the accusers' stories... because they were black women."

Others also admitted to looking away for too long.

R. Kelly's accusers and inner circle revisit shocking allegations in new docuseries

R. Kelly's accusers and inner circle revisit shocking allegations in new docuseries

"We've all been inspired by this man," singer Tank wrote on Instagram. "We've invested so much of ourselves into this man that it's hard for us to let go. I no longer have that issue."

"I whole heartedly apologize for not coming to this realization sooner. I (CANNOT) separate the music from the monster! My 3 black daughters won't let me," he said.

John Legend, who appeared in the series, along other celebrities like #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, talk-show host Wendy Williams and Kelly's ex-wife Andrea Kelly, had a strong message for social media.

"To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn't feel risky at all," he wrote on Twitter. "I believe these women and don't give a f*** about protecting a serial child rapist. Easy decision."

Kelly's attorney, Brian Nix, has not responded to requests for comment by CNN.

"There is NO excuse," singer Ne-Yo posted. " Music is important. It really is. But it's not more important than protecting our children, protecting our little girls. PERIOD."

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Posted by Azania Monday, January 7, 2019 10:35:00 AM


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