(AllHipHop News) A Long Walk Home, Black Women’s Blueprint, Color of Change, CREDO, Girls for Gender Equity, NOW-NYC, and UltraViolet are joining forces to pressure RCA Records to drop R. Kelly from its artist roster. The organizations are taking the fight to the record company's front door.
Today (January 16), protesters plan to rally outside Sony Music’s headquarters in Manhattan, New York. Advocates will also deliver petitions signed by more than 217,000 people demanding RCA Records part ways with Kelly. Sony and RCA will also be presented with a “Record Label of Shame” award.
Jade Magnus Ogunnaike (Director of Organizing, Color of Change), Joanne N. Smith (Founder & President of Girls for Gender Equity), Sharay Tindal (Activist, Black Women’s Blueprint), Jamilah Lemieux (Writer/Cultural Critic), and Natalie Green (Spokesperson and Communications Manager, UltraViolet) are supporting the anti-Kelly action in NYC.
A description on the "Rally to Protect Black Girls" Facebook event page reads:
Lifetime’s ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ is an unignorable investigation into R. Kelly's decades of alleged sexual abuse of young Black women and girls, and those in the music industry that have not only enabled him, but profited from him. R. Kelly has been able to continue to prey on vulnerable Black girls for so long because companies like RCA - his record label - provide him a revenue stream to maintain his sex trafficking operation and a veneer of public credibility. With the seriousness of these numerous allegations and their overwhelming credibility, it's past time for RCA and their parent company, Sony, to take a stand and drop R. Kelly from their record label. No company should be profiting from a man who physically, mentally, and sexually abuses Black girls. Join us on Wednesday, January 16th at 9:00 am as we rally in front of RCA's global headquarters in NY to demand RCA and Sony stand up to protect Black girls by muting R. Kelly once and for all.
Reportedly, RCA has chosen to halt its financial support of R. Kelly as authorities in Illinois and Georgia investigate allegations the R&B singer is the head of an abusive "sex cult" that prevents women from contacting their families. Protests have also taken place outside a Chicago studio which supposedly houses the alleged victims.
The "Rally To Protect Black Girls" is scheduled to take place at 25 Madison Ave. Ultraviolet is live streaming the protest on its official Facebook page beginning at 9 am ET. Robert Kelly and his legal team have denied the accusations presented in Lifetime's Surviving R. Kelly docuseries.