Erykah Badu Cautions Against Rush to Judgment in Jussie Smollett Attack

Yesterday Jussie Smollett claimed he was attacked near his apartment in downtown Chicago by two masked men who punched him in the face and body, put a noose around his neck and doused him in bleach while yelling MAGA Country! and other racist and homophobic slurs.

Recording artist Erykah Badu cautions the community not to rush to judgment…

She asked is every had all the facts straight since “every headline written about me was all out of context and manipulated to trigger YOUR outrage.”

The singer explained, “This is not in ref to my brother Jussie. This is across the Board. Period,” she warned “Don’t try it, fam.”

“I was encouraging the group to wait for the FACTS before making a sound judgment on ANYTHING,” she later clarified. “I used my situation as an example. At the same time I received news our bro Jussie was attacked. I had already started this convo when I was alerted.The two were entangled.”

Taraji P. Henson Reportedly Faces Backlash After Comparing R. Kelly Response to Harvey Weinstein/ Dream Hampton Responds

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Taraji P. Henson faced backlash on social media following an Instagram story Tuesday comparing the negative response to R. Kelly to that of Harvey Weinstein.

It all went down when actress took to Instagram to show off a story listing all the #MuteRKelly pages on the social media network, and then made a search for #MuteHarveyWeinstein in a bid to silence the heat on Kelly.

Later, She explained that she was not defending the singer.

In similar news, Dream Hampton and Erykah Badu exchange a few words on Twitter. Erykah Badu claims no one has contacted her to be feature in ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ documentary click Here if you missed that.

Dream Hampton reacts to Taraji P Henson defending the singer on social media.

Erykah Badu Clarifies Her Statement About R. Kelly At Chicago Concert After Backlash / Da Brat Defends R. Kelly

Erykah Badu received boos from a Chicago crowd after bringing up R. Kelly at a Saturday night concert in his hometown, according to fans in attendance.

According to reports, A few songs into her show at the Aragon Ballroom in the Uptown neighborhood, Badu took a break from her set to talk about Kelly, who continues to face fallout from “Surviving R. Kelly,” the Lifetime documentary series that spotlighted decades of abuse allegations against the R&B singer.

Venessa Gonzalez, 35, said she flew into Chicago from Los Angeles for the concert to celebrate a friend’s birthday.

“She starts off the concert, and everything’s going great,” said Gonzalez. “Midshow, she decided to bring up R. Kelly and how Chicago feels about R. Kelly and everybody started booing.”

“I’m putting up a prayer right now for R.,” Badu said, according to videos posted on social media.

The singer redirected the audience away from criticizing Kelly, saying, “That’s not love.”

Gonzalez said it was a “strange” moment.

“It almost felt like a quick interlude but not really,” said Gonzalez. “There wasn’t even music playing in the background.”

Badu then wondered out loud if one of Kelly’s alleged victims would also be crucified if she grew up to be an offender.

“It’s just something to think about,” Badu said.

TMZ obtained footage for the event.

The singer clarifies her message via social media.

At the 2015 Soul Train Awards, Badu introduced Kelly and said that he “has done more for black people than anyone” despite his history of alleged abuse. Last year, she gave a controversial in-depth interview with David Marchese where she discussed XXXTentacion, Bill Cosby, and Hitler. “I see good in everybody,” she said. “I saw something good in Hitler…Hitler was a wonderful painter.”

In similar music news, Da Brat defends Kellz in recent TMZ interview.

UPDATE. Erykah Badu, Omarion, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tank, Pleasure P And More React to Lifetime’s ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Docuseries

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The six-part documentary that debuted Thursday night contains more than 50 interviews. It features testimony from women who accuse Kelly of mental, physical and sexual abuse, as well as interviews with associates and relatives of the singer R. Kelly, including his brothers Carey and Bruce Kelly. Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo movement, and singer John Legend, Drea Kelly, Wendy Williams also provided commentary.

John Legend took to Twitter to respond to the praise he received for agreeing to take part in the docuseries.

“To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn’t feel risky at all,” he said in a tweet, adding that it was an “easy decision.”

Jada Pinkett Smith urged parents to watch “Surviving R. Kelly” with their children, as she did with her daughter.

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A wise woman once said … nothing.

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TAKE A MOMENT TO READ MY THOUGHTS: I boycotted R. Kelleys music in 2002 when I saw the video ~ I KNOW IT WAS HIM. CLEARLY. I wasn’t comfortable talking about it because the world I lived in …. everyone thought it was a joke, and they made me feel Ike I was too EARNEST. I saw the BBC documentary, I read the buzz Feed and New Yorker articles … As a #survivor and a black woman in the music industry, I just broke down sobbing when I saw the video. I sobbed, because it was a graphic illustration, that I lived in a world that didnt value people like me. And I had to learn to take care of Myself in the face of a society and industry that doesn’t love me. I learned that I had to wear the crown of my ancestors and hold my OWN HEAD UP. And its been HARD. But I do it because I BELIEVE in my mission ~ I don’t need to sing ABOUT the fight , my mission is to administer to the people IN the fight. Humanity makes me sad all the time ~ the things were going thru … but also today, I’m hopeful, that we as a GROUP are now #Muterkelly ~ BUT, I wont be satisfied until EVERY #survivor know, that “everyone of us is worthy” and when ever someone treats us as LESS, that is THIER mistake, … And while the wound is not our doing, it is our responsibility ~ we have to heal ourSELVES. That healing can take on so much more MOMENTUM, when the world around us is healing too…. so I feel GOOD today knowing that we as a collective are waking up EVEN MORE, to the ways that the world / the music industry / the society / the culture ~ harm our women and girls. AND! I feel good today knowing that these growing pains ARE ABOUT GROWTH. We are ALL! WORTHY AND SIGNIFICANT AND WE MATTER! BECAUSE WE EXIST! MAY WE KEEP WAKING UP TO THAT FACT. IT IS A FACT! EVERYONE of us is #worthy #worthy #worthy #worthy #worthy #worthy #survivingrkelly #iamlight #muterkelly #survivingrkelly #rkelly #blackgirlsmatter #metoo

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As stated I have always supported my black women. Being a survivor of domestic violence and watching as the whole world bashed me and called me an attention seeking liar. I hated even living during this time. Social media watched as the very man continued the abuse me and y’all watched in entertainment while I was scared for my life. Coming out with my truth was the most awful experience. I was called crazy for screaming and fighting to tell my story. Because of this I entered the industry ANGRY mad at the world, no one ever asked me what was wrong or did I need prayer. The judgements and finger pointing started. They only labeled me a ghetto problem. Only later for you all to find out the truth and THEN decide to believe. The mental damage was already done. Now When it comes to this situation with Rob you want me to step forward AGAIN. Why would I want that type of hate. When I said i’m battling my own demons, I spoke nothing but the truth. Shit I haven’t even mentally recovered from shit I’ve been through myself. I merely stated I gotta fight to heal myself this year mentally and physically. I know right from wrong, but I also know that i’m not the type of person to kick a person while they are down. God needs know help. Allow me my decision to take my own time to deal with this. I’m not obligated to do things on YOUR time. I have reached out to one of the girls so far and I will Be there for them, and that’s how I’ve decided to live in my truth. Please respect that. I’m not at a place to judge anyone in life. I don’t have a heaven or a hell to put them in!

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Master P speaks out…

Major Side Eye. JAY-Z, Lady Gaga, Dave Chappelle, More Turned Down R. Kelly Documentary, Producer Says

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Yesterday it was reported, R. Kelly threatened to seek legal action against network if ‘Surviving R Kelly’ documentary airs. Click Here if you missed that.

Speaking with the Detroit Free Press, Dream Hampton revealed that Erykah BaduJAY-Z, Dave Chappelle, and Lady Gaga—all of whom have collaborated with R. Kelly—declined interviews. Questlove, Mary J. Blige, and Lil’ Kim also turned down the opportunity to speak, hampton said in an interview with Shadow and Act.

“I mean, most people just don’t want to touch it,” dream hampton said. “I remember [Questlove] was like, ‘I would do anything for you but I can’t do this.’ It’s not because they support him, it’s because it’s so messy and muddy. It’s that turning away that has allowed this to go on.”

Questlove later responded to the news in a since-deleted tweet. “I always thought Kels was trash,” he wrote. “My reason for declining the RKelly docu that I support 10000000 percent is I didn’t wanna be in the ‘good times’ portion of the doc, like stanning for his ‘genius.’ I was asked to talk about his genius. I do not nor have I EVER stanned for him.”

The only musicians who participated in “Surviving R. Kelly” were John Legend and R&B singer Stephanie “Sparkle” Edwards, who testified against Kelly at his 2008 trial. Dream Hampton said of John Legend’s participation, “That makes John Legend even more of a hero for me.”

Watch Erykah Badu Accepts Legend Award/ Faith Evans Remains Humble and Thankful As She Accepts the Lady of Soul Award ‘Soul Train Awards 2018’

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Erykah Badu thanks her soul family for their support, her mother for beating greatness into her, and for the growth that she’s found along the way.

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Faith Evans performs an enchanting medley of “Soon As I Get Home,” “Use To Love Me,” and more! The star even brings out Carl Thomas to perform “Can’t Believe.”

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