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Common Says Black Community Failed R. Kelly Victims


Common is one of the latest artists to speak about R. Kelly following the Surviving R. Kelly docu-series. Common said to TMZ that Black people "failed as a community."

"We failed as a community because we knew these things were happening," Common told TMZ. "And instead of trying to be like, 'Yo. Let's go and 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 also blamed himself for not raising his voice against the issues sooner. "I'm guilty of that too myself because I didn't stop and be like, 'Yo!' and speak against this," he said. "R. Kelly's from my hometown. 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."

Since the finale episode of Lifetime's Surviving R. Kelly docu-series, several celebrities have openly expressed their thoughts against the star.

Kelly's contemporary Omarion announced on Twitter that he would no longer perform any songs written by R. Kelly following B2K's reunion tour.

"While I know our fans would be greatly disappointed if we didn't perform those songs on #TheMillennoumTour, after the tour I am retiring those songs from my set list. I too am raising a future queen. #A.A.R.T. (Artists Acknowledging Responsibility & Truth) Peace y'all," he wrote.

Daymon John said the music maker should kill himself, while Chance The Rapper said he regrets his collaboration with Kelly.

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