By Regina Bolton. Regina is a Social Justice Activist, Mental Health Advocate, & Political correspondent for various Progressive Movements including @Dactivst
“Until he takes ownership of his despicable actions, No he can’t be forgiven, nor can he expect the public to be so generous in giving him, or men like him the benefit of the doubt any longer.”
R. Kelly, synonymous for his 90s hits like “Bump N Grind,” “Seems Like You’re Ready,” “Can’t Sleep,” “Sex Me” and “I Believe I Can Fly” were hits that made the R&B legend a household name. R.Kelly initially made his debut alongside the group, Public Announcement. Unlike most young teenagers, I didn’t particularly care for R. Kelly. Undoubtedly, he had a smooth voice and jarring lyrics, but I just had more of an interest in Guy, Tevin Campbell, Jodeci, Blackstreet & Jagged Edge. I was still infatuated with Aaron Hall in my life and had really no negative opinions about R. Kelly- until the marriage of him and Aaliyah. Once the rumor was confirmed on MTV news, everyone was shocked and thought this HAD to be untrue. There was no way possible this 27 year old artist married a 15 year old girl. Beyond the surprise and disbelief, the parents didn’t pursue pressing charges, but were adamant about having the marriage annulled.