R. Kelly is going ahead with his planned concert in North Carolina despite calls from protesters for officials to shut it down, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Protesters will be outside the Greensboro Coliseum on Friday to show their frustrations against Coliseum officials for letting Kelly perform.
Women groups connected to the #MuteRKelly movement signed a letter earlier this week saying that officials have ignored Kelly’s alleged “long-term history of sexual misconduct.”
“The Coliseum has neglected to consider the Black women and girls that largely make up the community that relies on them for engagement and entertainment,” the letter said.
On Thursday, streaming music service Spotify removed Kelly’s music from its playlists under its new public hate content and hateful conduct policy.
His representatives blasted Spotify’s decision telling the Associated Press in a statement:
R. Kelly never has been accused of hate, and the lyrics he writes express love and desire,” the statement read. “Mr. Kelly for 30 years has sung songs about his love and passion for women. He is innocent of the false and hurtful accusations in the ongoing smear campaign against him, waged by enemies seeking a payoff. He never has been convicted of a crime, nor does he have any pending criminal charges against him.
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.