According to the Washington Post:
R. Kelly’s lawyer has responded to allegations in a BuzzFeed News story that the R&B singer was holding six women in an abusive “cult.”
“Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed at the recent revelations attributed to him,” his lawyer, Linda Mensch, said in a statement to People magazine. “Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such allegations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.”
The widely circulated BuzzFeed story, posted Monday, details several parents’ attempts to contact and free their daughters from R. Kelly’s properties in Chicago and Duluth, Ga. Former members of Kelly’s inner circle — Cheryl Mack, Kitti Jones and Asante McGee — allege that he controls what the women can and cannot do. They told BuzzFeed that the women, ranging from two teenagers to a 31-year-old “den mother,” are required to refer to Kelly as “Daddy” and must ask for permission to leave the properties. Kelly, 50, reportedly confiscated their cellphones and, in addition to dictating their daily activities, films their sexual encounters.
Every time I hear about R Kelly, I immediately remember this:
Um, honestly, I really hated this movie. (I mean, beautiful young people getting everything they could possibly want within five years? What’s there to like?)
It seems to be an addiction:
Those crazy kids.
OK. Those crazy Russians.
What is this song, anyway?
The song that’s sitting atop the Billboard Hot 100 list is “Despacito,” a Spanish-language track by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, with an assist from Canadian boy Justin Bieber.
Perhaps needless to say, it’s not common for non-English-language tracks to land very high on the Billboard charts. Over the past 35 years, we identified 15 songs that matched that criterion.
This has been the No. 1 song in America for eight weeks. And the first time I heard it was yesterday, which shows how out of the loop I am. I guess I should take a look at the whole thing.
From the Postmodern Juke Box:
That was powerful stuff.
Talk about noxious:
It ain’t like teen spirit. And it ain’t like napalm in the morning. It’s more like this:
This should be common knowledge by now:
But when it’s presented this way, something clicked for me and I flashed on this:
The mango-hued babyman isn’t going to do the right thing. He’s busy lining his pockets with government cash by putting his business interests above the interests of the American people. His IKEA cabinet is doing everything it can to wreck American lives. And his loyal army of empty headed pump truppets are going to support their team while the team leaders do everything they can to turn back progress that has saved and protected those who need it the most.
People overseas don’t trust this administration to do the right thing. Everyone in this country should know by now that the disaster of November 2016 is not going to lead to the right thing being done.
We’ve got to fight the powers that be.
And they’re all in tune, which is pretty impressive.