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‘Surviving R. Kelly, Part II’ Episode 3 Recap: Lanita Carter, R. Kelly’s Former Hair Braider, Steps Forward

The third installment dives into Carter’s encounters with the R&B singer and how the legal system failed her.

Readers note: This recap may be triggering to those who have experienced sexual assault.

In episode three of Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning, Lanita Carter, R. Kelly’s former hairstylist, gave a tearful and graphic account about her relationship with the R&B singer. Carter met Kelly when she was 24 in 2002 and he hired her to braid his hair.

“It made me feel good to be doing it for a celebrity,” Carter said.

Working for him, helped her expand her clientele. But he quickly became more than a boss and was more like family. Like many of Kelly’s survivors, Carter had been abused before meeting him. Carter said Kelly advised her about her abusive relationship with her then-husband. He was the first person to encourage her through her obstacles.

“He was the first person to claim to be my big brother that wasn’t my big brother,” Carter said.

Carter met Kelly shortly after he was indicted for child pornography and confronted the singer about the charges. She believed his innocence when he told her it was his brother Carey on the child pornography tape. Carter said she would defend him against anyone who questioned his activities. For instance, Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child was at Kelly’s studio one day and asked Carter, “How old are you?” Carter said Kelly ordered her to pull out her ID to prove her age. Carter said she felt proud to defend Kelly at the moment.

“Our commitment to celebrity culture is...we want to get as close as we can to it,” said Dr. Candice Norcott, a clinical psychologist. “If access is where the grooming process starts then celebrities have a million-mile start,” she continued.

Kelly also built trust with Carter by sharing his past molestation story with her. She told him that she was raped, molested, and kidnapped when she was younger.

After months of Kelly showing her kindness, he flipped on Carter. While at the studio, he forced her head down to give him fellatio and threatened to beat her like “her husband” if she didn’t.

Carter reported the incident to the police. Cultural critics described that for Black women, reporting a Black man, especially a loved celebrity for a crime such as rape, is often seen as an act of betrayal.

“In the Black community, oftentimes we are trained to protect black men, based on the history of incarceration and slavery in this country and so the last thing we are told is to call the police,” Joanne Smith, President & CEO Girls for Gender Equity, said.

During an investigation, a detective interviewed employees at Kelly’s studio, but everyone denied knowing Carter. They then raided Kelly’s studio and found enough evidence to prove she was not fabricating the story.

Michael Mannis, Carter’s initial attorney, said police turned her case over to the Office of the State Attorney. A grand jury would decide if Kelly would be charged. But when Carter gave her testimony to the panel, she was badgered with questions about sleeping with the superstar. She described them as “mean” and instead of relief, she felt helpless.

After the failed grand jury process, Lanita was advised to pursue a civil case. She was sent to Chicago-based law firm Susan Loggans & Associates, who settled at least a dozen R. Kelly sexual abuse suits that required survivors to sign a non-disclosure agreement to receive a settlement. Loggans’s firm took a third of money settled each time, according to Ian Alexander, an attorney who represented survivor Tiffany Hawkins.

“I did not want to sue R. Kelly at any time,” said Carter. “I wanted him to apologize or I wanted him to be criminally charged.”

But Loggans didn’t believe Lanita and said she was “too old” to be Kelly’s victim. Carter was sent to another attorney and the case was settled in three months.

Since the case, Carter went on to become a nurse and found stability and empowerment through education. But she still felt emotionally trapped by not being able to share her story because of the N.D.A. she signed. She broke her silence after Kimberly M. Foxx, Cook County State’s Attorney, called for survivors to come forward in January 2019.

“99% of cases rely on victims and witnesses coming forward and telling their stories,” Foxx said. “In order for us to prosecute cases of sexual abuse and sexual assault, regardless of who the offender may be, we need victims and witnesses to come forward.”

On Feb. 22, 2019, six weeks after the documentary aired, Kelly was indicted on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four victims. Kelly is facing three to seven years in prison for each count of criminal sexual abuse, $25,000 on each count, and sex [offender] registration.

The documentary closed out expanding on how Kelly used his story of sexual abuse to build trust and later manipulate other survivors like Jerhonda Pace, Asante McGee and Lizette Martinez. They all were abused before meeting Kelly and they believed he could always see the signs of it.

“Robert can smell a wounded woman a mile away,” Martinez said.

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50 Cent And Kenya Barris Developing TV Series Based On 'The 50th Law'

Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson is teaming up with actor and director Kenya Barris to create a television series based on Jackson's New York Times bestseller, The 50th Law, co-written by author Robert Greene. The Power executive producer and black-ish creator will join forces to create an original show that will stream on Netflix. No word on its premiere date or who has been cast for the series.

In true, 50 Cent fashion, Jackson took to his official Instagram to celebrate and share the news. "Netflix now you know this is a problem, Kenya Barris is no joke," reads his post's caption. "And if me and you ain’t cool, you ain’t gonna make it. 😆Let’s work! 💣Boom🔥 🚦GreenLight Gang #bransoncognac #lecheminduroi #bottlerover"

Jackson will serve as co-producer by way of his G-Unit Film & Television company which has a hand in Starz's Power Book II: Ghost and ABC's For Life. Barris will work alongside his #blackAF co-executive producer Hale Rothstein for the pilot and show's script under his production company, Khalabo Ink Society.

Speaking of Khalabo Ink Society, Barris' and his company will have a hand in a couple of upcoming projects: Kid Cudi's upcoming adult animated music series, Entergalactic and MGM's upcoming biopic on the career and life of comedy legend, Richard Pryor.

Fif's G-Unit Film & Television imprint, more original programming is on the way: Power Book III: Raising Kanan premieres this summer and Black Mafia Family has begun shooting its series debut. His current shows —Power Book II; and For Life—have been renewed for another season on Starz and ABC, respectively.

Jackson and Greene's The 50th Law is a semi-autobiographical book that tackles lessons around fearlessness and strategy while including inspiring stories from 50 Cent's life and tales from notable historical figures. It went on to be a New York Times Bestseller in 2009.

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Questlove Is Directing A Sly Stone Documentary

The Roots' own Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson will be directing a documentary about the life of Sly Stone, founding member of legendary funk band, Sly and the Family Stone.

The untitled feature film "follows the story of the influential artist, king of funk, and fashion icon Sly Stone, a musician who was breaking all the rules at a time when doing so was extremely challenging, even dangerous. The pressure of explosive mainstream pop success and the responsibility of representing Black America forced him to walk the fine line of impossible expectations."

“It goes beyond saying that Sly’s creative legacy is in my DNA," said Questlove in a press release. "....it’s a black musician’s blueprint....to be given the honor to explore his history and legacy is beyond a dream for me.”

“Sly’s influence on popular music and culture as a whole is immeasurable, and what his career represents is a parable that transcends time and place,” expressed Amit Dey, Head of MRC Non-Fiction. “Questlove’s vision, sensitivity and reverence brings the urgency that Sly’s story and music deserve, and we’re excited to be working with him to bring Sly’s story to life.”

The project will mark the four-time Grammy Award-winning artist's second directorial project (see his Sundance award-winning Summer of Soul) by way of his Two One Five Entertainment production company. Award-winning actor and rapper Common will serve as an executive producer via his Star Child Productions along with Derek Dudley and Shelby Stone via ID8 Multimedia. Derik Murray and Brian Gersh of Network Entertainment will serve as producers with Zarah Zohlman and Shawn Gee as producing partners.

The film's official title and release date has not been announced.

Earlier today in partnership with BET Digital and Sony Music's “This Is Black” Black History Month campaign, an animated music video for the group's 1968 hit single, "Everyday People." Revisit the classic song down below.

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FX's 'Hip-Hop Uncovered' Shows How Big U, Deb Antney, Haitian Jack, Bimmy & Trick Trick Hustled The Game With Street Savvy

Rarely do the strong survive long enough to tell their story in their own words, so bear witness to some of the most notorious deal makers and street shakers in FX's new docu-series Hip-Hop Uncovered. Hailing from hardcore locations all over the map, California's Eugene "Big U" Henley, Queens, New York siblings James "Bimmy" Antney and Deb Antney, Detroit's Trick Trick and Brooklyn's infamous Haitian Jack, represent the mind and the muscle of the rap world's background boss section, where the real money and moves are made.

After last week's two-episode debut (Feb. 12th) of a six-episode season, we have the cast member's thoughts on what it was like taping the show and why they participated in the series. Remember, these storied behind the scenes executives are normally in the background, but are now telling their important stories that weave their importance in the industry that shapes the world...hip-hop.“A true dime is steel-heavier than a dollar.” Watch Hip-Hop Uncovered Fridays at 10 pm ET on FX.

Deb Antney: "By doing the show, it was very therapeutic. I’ve opened up and let you get a glance of what is in my Pandora’s box. I’ve shed pounds, even inches. I’m truly grateful I’m here to tell any part of my story. Now get ready for my book Unmanageable Me.

The show allowed me to showcase my truth the way it needed to be told. The Debra Antney way!

Being Debra Antney was not always glitter or gold. Like most, I went through some things. I was defiantly a product of my environment, it made me who I am today! I always knew how to get myself to the top and that’s exactly what I did. Thank you for being a part of my journey."

 

 

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Big U: "I loved filming this show. It brought up so many memories going back to the house I grew up in, remembering those special moments with family. It was fun to sort of relive my past, but the best part was really seeing my evolution. I’m such a different man today than I was back then. I feel good that the world will get to see the person I’ve become. I did it because for the first time, I knew I could be in full control of my own story, especially since I’m an Executive Producer on the series."

 

 

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Trick Trick: "[Taping the series was] weird as f---!! Because, I’m not used to that type of attention. I’m very private, but oddly enough, it was somewhat... refreshing!

[I did the show] because Big U called.”

Bimmy:

"Well, I choose to do the series because I was told who was involved from the cast to an all-Black production. Taping was like me living my past all over again and we show[ed] the world how we really lived and the things we went through."

Haitian Jack: "Taping the series, to me, was definitely a great experience.  Everybody that was on there, [producers] Oby, Rashidi and everyone else were very polite to everyone and we got everything we asked for.  When you have a crew like that, it makes it really easy for you to work with it.

[I did the show because] I like when they started to say, 'Let’s dig back into the past,' because that’s what my life is all about, the past.  The fact that Big U came up with it and hit me up with it is another reason because I respect what he is doing out there with the kids and his foundation. So I didn’t mind teaming up with him and everybody else, Deb and Trick Trick, Bimmy. I think we have a great cast and I’m proud to be a part of it.  I think we did it because we all knew where hip-hop came from because we lived it.  We wasn’t just some people who just popped up out of nowhere and started blogging about it. We were there.  We watched the deaths, we watched the lifetime prison sentences.  We lost a lot of friends to death and prison. We all lived it.  They are going to get a good account of what went on in the 70s and 80s."

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