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John Legend Says Appearing In R. Kelly Series Was An "Easy Decision"

"I believe these women and don’t give a f**k about protecting a serial child rapist."

John Legend was reportedly one of only two musicians to appear in Lifetime's new docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly, which premiered on Thursday (Jan. 3). While reports claimed many other artists who were asked to participate in the series wanted to steer clear of the controversy, Legend stated that it was a no-brainer for him.

The R&B crooner addressed his appearance in the docuseries in a message on Twitter. "To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn’t feel risky at all," he tweeted as the first episode aired. "I believe these women and don’t give a f**k about protecting a serial child rapist. Easy decision."

He also suggested fans show love to executive-producer and show-runner of the series, dream hampton, for her hard work. "These survivors deserved to be lifted up and heard. I hope it gets them closer to some kind of justice," he continued.

As previously reported, dream hampton revealed that she had contacted a handful of musicians to appear in the docuseries, including Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, and Questlove, but they all declined. Following the report, Questlove spoke up about his decision, stating that he "didn’t wanna be in the 'good times' portion of the doc, like stanning for his 'genius.'"

Surviving R. Kelly continues on Jan. 4, at 9/8C on Lifetime. Check out John Legend's full comments on the series below.

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Manhattan District Attorney Won't Reopen Linda Fairstein's Old Cases

After the release of Ava DuVernay's four-part series When They See Us, which chronicled the lives of five boys black and brown boys wrongfully convicted of raping a white female jogger, former New York prosecutor turned crime author Linda Fairstein merited the ire of all those who watched.

Fairstein stepped down from many positions including the board at Vassar College and Columbia Law school. However, supporters of the exonerated five--Raymond Santana, Korey Wise, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, and Yusef Salaam,--demanded a magnifying glass be taken to all her old cases.

CNN reports the Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance responded in a letter that he does not plan to reopen Fairstein's old cases. Fairstein acted as the chief over the sex crimes unit from 1976 to 2002.

"I do not intend to take either action at this time. Instead, I seek your help in publicizing to New Yorkers the availability of my Office's Conviction Integrity Program process," Vance wrote in a letter Friday.

After Vance revealed Fairstein's cases would remain as is, advocate Jumaane Williams said Vance is potentially denying innocent men and women a  second chance at life.

"Justice delayed is justice denied, but here, Cy Vance is even denying justice has been delayed. It shouldn't take another 30 years for us to find out why DA Vance refuses to correct these injustices of the past," Williams tweeted.

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'Surviving R. Kelly' Wins Best Doc At 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards

Viewers were glued to their screens at the beginning of the year when Lifetime debuted the jaw-dropping documentary series Surviving R. Kelly in January. It was no shock that series took home the award for Best Documentary at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards Monday night (June 17).

Executive producer Brie Miranda Bryant accepted the award with her other executive producers Tamra Simmons, Jesse Daniels, and Joel Karsberg. She was also joined on stage by survivors Asante McGee, Faith Rodgers, Lisa VanAllen, and Lizzette Martinez.

Bryant and her production team successfully raised attention to speculation of the sexual abuse and assault accusations of R&B artist R. Kelly, as 54 individuals shed light on their experiences and encounters with the shamed entertainer.

Her speech gave a little more insight as to what it took share such a chilling narrative. "Entire production teams assembled their shields to tell this story," she said. "Survivors walked through the fire and then stood again to tell this story, and parents shared the hell that they still stand in to tell this story." The documentary series averaged 2.1 million viewers during its three-day six-hour series.

At the Heart of Gold: Inside with USA Gymnastics Scandal, McQueen, Minding the Gap, and RBG, were among the other 2019 MTV Movie & TV Award documentary nominations. 

Kelly has plead not guilty to all charges.

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FX Series 'Pose' Returning For Third Season

Just a week after its season two debut, FX's Pose has been renewed for a third season. The drama, first set in the 1980s and now the 1990s, has been applauded for its portrayal of transgender characters by transgender actors and has been on the receiving end of accolades during awards season.

Season two of Pose faired much better than season one, although the first season isn't so far behind. According to Deadline, the newest season has scored a 96 percent rating on RottenTomatoes.com and on its premiere day, drew in 1.2 million viewers compared to the first season's 1.04 million watchers.

"Pose has elevated our culture and the TV landscape like few shows before it, and we are honored to partner with co-creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals on a third season,” John Landgraf, FX chairman said in a statement. "Our thanks to the entire creative team, including Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Alexis Martin Woodall, Sherry Marsh, Janet Mock, Our Lady J, Erica Kay, the amazing cast and crew and everyone at Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions for this incredibly entertaining, enlightening and groundbreaking series.”

This past awards season, Pose took him a Dorian Award for LGBTQ Show of the Year, a Peabody Award and a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series. Season three of the show can be expected to air June 2020.

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