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R. Kelly Accusers Speak Out After His Emotional Interview With Gayle King

"Robert cut the b.s!"

Tuesday evening, (March 5) clips and still images of R. Kelly's forthcoming interview with Gayle King began to populate online. An emotional Kelly seen crying and at one point standing in a dramatic fashion indicated an explosive discussion about the years of sexual assault allegations leveled against him would take place.

"An absolute shame, but guess who's not surprised?" former Kelly collaborator Sparkle captioned on Instagram Tuesday.  "Wondering will the Academy consider the performance airing tomorrow on CBS?"

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Wednesday morning (March 6) King sat calm and composed during her one-on-one with the singer-songwriter.  The more than hour-long CBS Interview found the Grammy-award winning entertainer unhinged as King questioned him on the many accusations of his sexual relationship with underage girls.

As many listened intently to Kelly point fingers at blogs and the girl's parents who he believes besmirched his name and legacy, several of his accusers took to social media to react and comment on the man they allege manipulated and often held them against their will.

"Robert cut the b.s.," Lisa Van Allen captioned on Instagram. "I believe you can lie with those crocodile tears. Name the date let’s do these lie detector tests."

Allen was one of several alleged victims to speak about her relationship with Kelly during Lifetime's Surviving R. Kelly docuseries, which began when she was a teenager.

Jerhonda Pace, another woman who claims to have been sexually abused by Kelly, took to her Facebook page and dissected Kelly's ardent reaction and attributed it to his inner circle of enablers.

"Looking at that clip of Robert during his interview for Gayle King I didn't see R. Kelly, I didn't see my abuser. I didn't want to read him with a biased attitude. What I saw was a man that needs help," Pace posted. "For decades he's been around enablers who never told him the truth. When you've been doing wrong for decades, and the people around you makes you feel that your actions are right, you tend to believe that you're doing no wrong."

Pace ended her Facebook by suggesting Kelly undergo a mental health evaluation.

For more than two decades, R. Kelly has been accused of manipulating young black girls and forcing them into sexual relationships, often holding them hostage and cutting off communication with their parents.

During the bombshell interview, Kelly vowed he'd fight for "f***ing life."

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For the film’s producer Jordan Peele, Candyman’s original director Bernard Rose’s mission for the movie grew into a level of understanding that Peele recently realized. “And his vision, I think, is nothing short of beautiful, albeit complicated,” he said in an interview with Gizmodo. “It’s one that I can look at in hindsight with more experience and education and go, ‘Wow, that is…it’s definitely a mirror.’ All I’ll say—because I don’t want to go too far down that rabbit hole—is we’re doing it differently.”

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TC Carson Reveals He Was Fired From ‘Living Single’ For Voicing Frustrations

T.C. Carson sat down with Comedy Hype for an extensive interview where he revealed that he was fired from Living Single for speaking out on behalf of the cast, and subsequently “blackballed” from Hollywood.

According to Carson, the cast had “various” issues with the show -- from the way that they were treated, to the script, and others things that occurred during the five-season run.

“There were times when we had issues on the show and we would come to them as a cast but I would be the spokesperson for it,” Carson recalled. “That last season before I left, they called me in and they basically said 'All these problems that we’ve been having they [the cast] listen to you…so if you said something else, then they would do that.’

“I said, ‘Well first of all, we’re dealing with five grown people and they have their own minds and their own ideas about what we’re doing,” Carson continued. “Everything we come to you with is a group decision, but if you think I have that much power then I need to have a different job,’ and I don’t think they liked that.”

At the start of the final season, Carson’s character (Kyle Barker) was shipped off to London, raising his suspicions about potentially getting fired, but he was assured that he wouldn’t be let from the show. After the episode aired, Carson says he got a call from his lawyer telling him that he was fired from the show. “It wasn’t that I got fired, it was the way it was done.”

Carson also mentioned the treatment that the cast endured compared to the cast of Friends, which debuted after Living Single and used the same concept, except with white actors. Both sitcoms were filmed on the same lot at Warner Bros.

After getting fired, Carson went on an audition where he learned from a Black casting director that his former Living Single bosses spread false rumors about him. “He said, ‘I heard you were difficult, that you came to work unprepared, and I said ‘You know what? This interview is over. Thank you so much for your time,’ and I got up and walked out because I’m not going to let a Black man berate me in front of these white people.”

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It's been years in the making but Latinx superstar Nicky Jam is finally ready to share his truth with the authorized Netflix bio-series, Nicky Jam: El Ganador.

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In the trailer, we see Jam in three stages: his youth, his rookie days in the game and the actual artist in the present. The creative take is bound to give fans another perspective of the Grammy-winning artist.

“I’ve been hearing from many of my fans on social media and when I talk with them in person, that they’ve been waiting for the chance to see ‘El Ganador’ in the U.S. on Netflix,” said Nicky Jam. “Now they will get to see it starting April 21 and I hope they enjoy it like so many others have across the world. I’m really proud of what we created.”

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Jam recently celebrated another feat on the Billboard Latin charts. "Muevelo," his buzzy single with Daddy Yankee, reached No. 1 on both the Latín Airplay and Latin Rhythm Airplay charts. 

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