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#MeToo and R. Kelly

Tarana Burke asks Tom Joyner to stop supporting R. Kelly. His response?

MeToo founder Tarana Burke went on Inside Her Story with Jacque Reid this week to discuss MeToo and R. Kelly after Sophia Nelson claimed she and the movement weren't doing enough for Black women. This came after new accusations surfaced that the singer intentionally gave a young woman an STI and "groomed" her for a sex cult. Tarana said that community action resulted in shutting down nine of R. Kelly's concerts in the last year and need for radio hosts like Tom Joyner to stop supporting him and his decades-long history of sexual misconduct. Joyner's response: okay, I'll do it. No more R. Kelly music or appearances on his show.

From blackamericaweb.com:

On Jacque’s last segment of Inside Her Story, she talked with Sophia Nelson, an attorney and author, about the latest allegations against R. Kelly. During the interview, Nelson called out Tarana Burke and her MeToo movement for not doing enough.

Burke caught wind of this and got into a nasty Twitter battle over it. Jacque is going Inside Her Story with Burke on her response to Nelson and what the MeToo movement has done.

“I think people mischaracterized what the MeToo movement is,” explained Burke. “We serve mostly Black and brown girls and then women.”

Concerning R. Kelly, Burke challenges what the Black community finds important. “We have to question what is more valuable. The lives and livelihood of Black women and girls or music,” explained Burke. “Is it worth it to us.”

Listen to the segment here.