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Common Admits Guilt For Neglecting Stories Of R. Kelly's Reported Sexual Assault Victims

"We failed our community as black people."

Following Lifetime's three-night premiere of its Surviving R. Kelly documentary, viewers have shared their honest thoughts on why the program's subject needs to be held accountable for his reported crimes. Within the voice of the masses, artists like Tank, John Legend, Omarion and more publicized their opinion and vowed to not support R. Kelly in any capacity going forward.

Like those aforementioned entertainers, Common joined the ranks to not only question the role others might have played in allowing Kelly's actions to go on but also how black women are treated by the criminal justice system. "If it wasn't just black women who R. Kelly had been molesting and abusing, if it wasn't just black women, he would've been attacked by the system in a different way, meaning the system doesn't have a value for black women the way they do white women or other nationalities," Common said to TMZ.

The Chicago native added that the black community was also aware of what was occurring, "And instead of trying to be like, 'Let's go try to resolve this situation and free these young ladies and stop this thing that's going on,' we were just like, 'Man, we rocking to the music.'" Common then questioned his own fault in not using his platform to enact change. "I'm guilty of that too myself because I didn't stop and be like, 'Yo,' and speak against this. R. Kelly's from my hometown," the "Be" rapper said. "At the end of the day, he's a human being. He has his issues and we see that, but I can't condone that and I shouldn't be allowing that to happen. We failed our community as black people."

While Common's last statement on how Kelly's music still thrived (his discography saw an increase in streams after the docu-series aired) radio stations are beginning to pull the plug on playing his music. According to Rolling Stone, Dallas' K104, and KRNB, announced a decision to cease Kelly's tunes on its radio-waves.

DeDe McGuire, a host of K104's morning segment, supported the station's commitment, stating: "Radio has always played a major role in the black community...that goes back to the civil rights movement. We have to take care of our own. If the courts won't take care of [Kelly] in terms of punishing him, then we'll stop playing his music as punishment."

In an interview with VIBE, #MuteRKelly co-founder Oronike Odeleye outlined why radio's boycott of Kelly's music can help propel the movement to make him hold himself accountable and legal action takes place.

"People don't really think about the connection between radio play and the finances of these artists. This is what has enabled him to continue touring," Odeleye said. "When he tours, we'll wanna buy tickets. That money goes straight to lawyers to insulate himself from the consequences of his crimes, and it makes us all complicit in the sexual molestation of young black women. It's super important that we keep up that fight."

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'Chappelle's Show' Co-Creator Says R. Kelly's "Goons" Confronted Dave Chappelle Over Skit

One of Chappelle's Show's most recognizable skits recently popped back into the mainstream conversation after Lifetime's docu-series on R. Kelly aired in early January. The 2-minute sketch features Dave Chappelle singing and enacting a song titled "Piss on You." The skit took its cue from Kelly's ill-famed sex tape where he urinated on a 14-year-old girl and went to trial for child pornography charges.

While the skit's reception was met with mixed reactions, the main subject was far from pleased with Chappelle's production. During an interview with "The Breakfast Club," the show's co-creator/writer Neal Brennan revealed that Kelly "wanted to fight Dave. His goons stepped to Dave in Chicago and Dave's goons intervened. The goons negotiated."

Prior to that revelation, Brennan broke down the purpose of comedy, stating that, "We will observe things, we'll make fun of things. Did people want us to round up a posse and go arrest R. Kelly? Like, what were we supposed to do?"

People were mad last week that we did an R. Kelly sketches 15 years ago. Here's me explaining comedy to them. pic.twitter.com/FQoxIALqkr

— Neal Brennan (@nealbrennan) January 15, 2019

Two years ago, Chappelle briefly discussed the sketch on HOT 97 and said it almost remained in a vault of skits that were never going to see the light of day. "That was the one sketch... I was going to cut it but then I watched it, and I said, 'This is so funny' and this is the crisis — can the audience handle it? So we left it in there," he said. In an interview with GQ, Kelly said he never heard of Dave Chappelle.

Watch the full interview below.

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Andre 3000 Stars In New Space Thriller 'High Life'

A new space thriller is coming to theaters this year. Andre 3000 will star in the new film alongside Twilight's Robert Pattinson in High Life, and the first trailer looks pretty intense.

The feature focuses on a group of criminals who are coerced into a mission to travel towards a black hole to find an alternate energy source. They are also forced to undergo sexual experiments while in outer space. The 2-minute preview features Pattinson and Andre 3000 as they struggle to survive on the spaceship.

High Life originally premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival in Sept. 2018. It received positive reviews from numerous film critics.

"High Life is as visually arresting as it is challenging, confounding, and ultimately rewarding - which is to say it's everything film fans expect from director Claire Denis," Rotten Tomatoes said of the film.

The film is written and directed by Claire Denis. High Life will hit theaters on Apr. 12. Watch the new trailer in the video above.

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They Don't Want You To Win: D.J. Khaled Joins 'Bad Boys' Sequel

D.J. Khaled knows they don't want you to win, but that hasn't stopped the producer and performer from doing just that.

Variety reports Asahd's father will star alongside Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in the forthcoming action-comedy Bad Boys For Life. It's unclear at this time what role Khaled will play.

Also joining the cast is Vanessa Hudgins, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton, Jacob Scipio, and Paola Nuñez. Joe Pantoliano reprises his role as the irritable Captain Howard.

Smith and Lawrence play detectives Mike Lowery, and Marcus Burnett respectively. While Lowery shoots first and asks questions later, Burnett, the family man, tries desperately to incorporate a more pragmatic approach.

Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah will helm the film and Jerry Bruckheimer returns as the franchise producer. The first Bad Boys was released in 1995 with a $23 million budget and earned $141 million in the box office. Bad Boys II released in 2003 had a $130 million budget and earned $273 million.

The third installment of the buddy-cop film revolves around a new specialized unit that clashes with Lowery and Burnett's old-school tactics when a new criminal threat emerges in Miami.

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