NEWS ROUNDUP: Christina Aguilera Returns, Time’s Up for R. Kelly & More
Christina Aguilera, shot by Zoey Grossman for Paper Magazine.
Christina, Time’s Up For R. Kelly & More
By Jasmine Williams
Early noughties preteens, rejoice – Xtina is back! Yesterday, the Stripped singer announced the release date and tracklist of her upcoming album, Liberation. While the LP won’t come out until June 15th, the first official single just dropped yesterday with a clip that features the new, natural, Christina. Produced by Kanye, Aguilera’s “Accelerate” is the only positive thing we’ve heard from West in weeks!
Despite the fact that R. Kelly has been accused of many disturbing acts of sexual assault, pedophilia, and abuse, the music industry has been disturbingly slow to address the Trapped In The Closet artist’s misconduct. That may finally be changing – this week a grass-roots campaign that has steadily been working to create a widespread of boycott of R. Kelly gained additional traction with the help of some Hollywood heavyweights.
The #MuteRKelly campaign was started last July by Oronike Odeleye, an Atlanta Arts Administrator. Since the movement’s start, ten R.Kelly concerts have been cancelled. On Monday, women of color members of the Time’s Up movement put their considerable influence behind #MuteRKelly when they penned an open letter asking organizations (including Spotify and Apple) to boycott R. Kelly. He is currently represented by RCA Records, a division of Sony.
Read the full letter here and find out how you can help #MuteRKelly here.
Director Ava Duvernay expressed her support for Time’s Up letter to boycott R. Kelly.
Jasmine Williams is a journalist and textile artist currently learning & earning in Brooklyn, New York. When she isn't going to shows or chilling at Fort Greene park, she can probably be found dyeing fabric in her bathtub.
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