Over the weekend, dozens of Black women gathered for a “March for Black Women” outside of an R. Kelly concert in New York City. The event, organized by Black Women’s Blueprint, was part of the #MuteRKelly movement, which aims to disrupt support for the performer in the wake of multiple accusations of sexual assault against young Black women throughout his career.
In an interview with Blavity, the group stated:
“This is not new. While R.Kelly’s concert is this weekend, it is not just R.Kelly. Over the past twenty years it has been Mike Tyson, Clarence Thomas, Cee-lo Green, Nate Parker, Bill Cosby, Russell Simmons, all stand accused by Black women and girls now piecing their lives back together after rape, sexual harassment and abuse unknown numbers of Black men within our communities, celebrity and non-celebrity, have been reported by their victims”