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#MuteRKelly Campaign Partly Aims To Get The Singer's Music Off Atlanta's Radio Stations

 Eight of Kelly's shows have been canceled across the country since the petition. 

In an era where sexual assault is being discussed in a way to inspire survivors to come forward rather than to evoke shame, a new movement hopes to censor R. Kelly's music from radio and streaming services.

Shrouded in sexual abuse scandals throughout his career, the “Real Talk” singer has been accused of urinating on an underage girl to more recently holding barely legal women captive in his home. Now, a campaign calling for his silence seems to be long overdue.

Despite the scandals, Kelly has been able to continue a somewhat thriving career, which Oronike Odeleye of Atlanta hopes to change through #MuteRKelly.

As the managing director of the Creative Currents Artist Collaborative, she has been working since July of last year to get his music removed from airwaves in ATL and has since started a petition.

“I have been hearing about R. Kelly’s sexual abuse of young black women since I was in my teens. Every few years more women come out with their stories," Odeleye said in an interview with theGrio. "More images and videos surface. More black girls are scarred for life just as they are coming into their womanhood and sexuality.”

Odeleye has teamed up with Kenyette Barnes, a social justice activist and a survivor of child pornography, and since then the women have made strides as they have contributed to eight of Kelly’s concerts being canceled across the country.

The women are focusing their efforts on two New York City venues where Kelly is scheduled to perform and have recently launched ‘ThumbItDown’ in an effort to get his music removed from sites such as Pandora and Tidal.

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An Unofficial Documentary About Drake Is Currently On Streaming Services

An unauthorized documentary about the rise of musician Drake can be viewed on video distribution services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. Drake: Rewriting the Rules initially dropped on Vimeo in Nov. 2018, and now, fans of the "God's Plan" musician will have a chance to watch it at their leisure on other platforms.

The documentary chronicles the music superstar from his days growing up in Toronto, to portraying Jimmy on the hit-teen drama Degrassi, to becoming a hip-hop star and working with musicians from Kanye West to his Young Money leader, Lil Wayne.

"Discover the untold story of how Drake rewrote the rules and rose from a child actor to become a cultural phenomenon and global musical icon," writes IMDb of the film's synopsis. "He is the king of pop and hip hop, combining many musical styles into one mainstream sound." The film runs 74 minutes long. Interviews from media figures and writers are included in the doc, which was directed and written by British filmmaker Ray King. However, no representatives from Drake's team are included.

Drake has not commented on the doc as of press time. He has been relatively quiet in the news, however, it's being reported that he is close to securing a residency of sorts at the Wynn's XS Nightclub in Las Vegas.

 

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Let Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, He's The Hottest Rapper In The Game Right Now

TMZ caught Soulja Boy out and about on Thursday (Jan. 17) in New York City, where the viral celebrity discusses how he's the hottest MC in hip-hop today, and continues to take shots at some of his contemporaries.

"I’m the hottest rapper in the game, bro," The "Crank Dat" musician says. "Kanye West talking about ‘he Walt Disney’… you ain’t sh*t… I made a million dollars in a week." Of course, this is in reference to the video game console that bares his name.

He continues by discussing that the grind never stops for him, and if it wasn't for his influence, the Internet boom, streaming and more probably wouldn't be as prolific.

"This is natural hustle man, I’m the reason music is digital right now," he continues. He also says that his recent headline-making comments aren't marketing, but the real deal.

"Are you serious? This is real life, real sh*t," he queries. "This not no marketing, bro. I kept it real. I told people I had the biggest comeback of 2018, and n***as wanna talk about Tyga." He concludes by saying that he's thrilled that Travis Scott is not only performing at the Super Bowl, but also that he "took Tyga's b***h" Kylie Jenner.

2019 is wild.

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Murderer Of Morgan Freeman's Granddaughter Sentenced To 20 Years

Morgan Freeman's step-granddaughter, E'Dena Hines is finally getting justice. Lamar Davenport, the man who killed Hines in 2015, has reportedly been sentenced to 20 years in prison, the Manhattan D.A. Cyrus R. Vance Jr. confirms.

Davenport's sentencing was mandated on Thursday (Jan. 17). He was convicted of manslaughter in May 2018. As previously reported, Davenport – who was dating Hines at the time – reportedly killed her in Aug. 2015 outside of their New York City apartment. Witnesses claimed that he repeatedly stabbed her as yelled out comments about religion.  E'Dena was 33.

Davenport was acquitted of second-degree murder after his lawyer argued that he was high on PCP at the time of the murder. A judge ultimately found him guilty of first-degree manslaughter however.

After he's released from prison, Davenport will reportedly be placed under post-release supervision for five years.

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