Surviving R. Kelly is a Lifetime TV series about singer Robert Kelly. It will detail experiences women had with the star R. Kelly. Personally, it has been 30 years since I sat in an auditorium at Kenwood Academy High School, watching my high school classmate blow the crowd away. Our cheering reaction blew Robert away circa 1988. Kelly donned sunglasses and sang “My Cherie Amour” better than Eddie Murphy mimicking Stevie Wonder. I’m amazed I watched Kelly transform that day, walking from teenage basketball star to the King of R&B path that would make him world famous.
Surviving R. Kelly TV series threatened
When “Honey Love” dropped in 1992, another classmate who took Lena McLin’s legendary music classes with R. Kelly pointed out Robert. As a result, my envy surged. “That’s so sad,” I said oddly, as she cocked her head to the side. “Look at everything he’s doing with his life, and look at me.” My boring bank job in Chicago couldn’t compare to the honey-dripping video that Robert starred in after our Hyde Park neighborhood high school days ended.
Three decades later, I wouldn’t “Trade in My Life” in place of R. Kelly for anything. A book called Sex Me: Confessions Of Daddy’s Little Freak recently detailed a harrowing journey of a woman claiming to be one of Robert’s sex slaves. Now the Surviving R. Kelly is facing drama off-screen before it even premieres. Tuesday night at NeueHouse Madison Square, anonymous threats shut down the screening as Lifetime sought to keep the crowd safe.
At @lifetimetv R Kelly doc screening tonight with SVP Brie Bryant & @TaranaBurke when gun threat comes in & all evacuated – #crazy #greatdoc #befierce #metoo News of my premiere doc on Lifetime out soon! pic.twitter.com/THitMwVbZG
— Gretchen Carlson (@GretchenCarlson) December 5, 2018
Robert Kelly series will feature 50 interviews
Gretchen Carlson tweeted about the melee, as seen above. The gun threat broke up the screening that tells the story of women who say Kelly sexually abused them, including underage women. Some of those same women blamed R. Kelly for causing the evacuation of Surviving R. Kelly. However, Surviving R. Kelly is still scheduled to begin airing on Thursday, January 3, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The series will continue on Friday, January 4, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Lastly, Surviving R. Kelly will concluded on Saturday, January 5, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
The series will take an in-depth look at R. Kelly and his troubles over the past 25 years. Kelly’s career has been marred with horrid reports of abuse from many women who came forward to allege mental, emotional, and sexual torture. Kelly has been at the center of a #MuteRKelly campaign to urge radio stations to stop supporting the singer’s music. In 2000, Kelly faced and was acquitted of pornography charges related to children. However, the “sex cult” accusations continue.
R. Kelly versus Robert Kelly: My “back in the day” theory
R. Kelly is compared and contrasted against Robert Kelly in Surviving R. Kelly. The two different personas of the star compare a down-to-Earth homeboy to the devil. Meanwhile, I have my own theories about how my old classmate who used to “play ball right there on 18th Street” got himself into such a mess. After soaking up 30 years worth of Kelly lyrics, and listening to insider stories that found me refusing to view tour photos that my ex-boyfriend took traveling with Robert, my own view emerged.
The “Intermission” song on Kelly’s 12 Play album paints a picture of the rejection Robert felt in high school. Indeed, the gorgeous front singers we all thought would turn into the next Beyonce faded into the background. Thuggish-ruggish-bone was the one that made it and surpassed them all. But like the scenarios that found the singer still hanging out in high school parking lots after growing older than our high school years, R. Kelly was stuck. “Hey, this goin’ out to all the ladies because I had a little experience before I got my album out and nobody wanna gimme no play, right?” he asked. “But now, they be sweatin’ me. Back in the days I used to say: ‘Can I get with you today?’ And ya told me, ‘No Robert.'”
Stuck in the 1980s
R. Kelly waxed nostalgic about rejection. I believe he got stuck. “I used to walk up to the girls. I said, ‘Can I rock your world?’ And they told me, ‘No Robert.'” Gaining fame and money wasn’t enough to satisfy. Living well wasn’t R. Kelly’s best revenge, apparently. “But now they see me drivin’ in my Benz and now they say, ‘Yes Robert.'”
“Daddy” craved the power expressed in that cult-like favorite song. High school girls disses, childhood abuse memories remained. Robert’s ex-wife Andrea Kelly spoke of his childhood admission in his own book. Now Surviving R. Kelly will reveal all the ways folks say Kelly tried to heal himself whilst allegedly hurting others.
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