R. Kelly is still putting out timeless music. Earlier this week, the singer teased a brand new song called, “Born To My Music.” After blasting a snippet of the new track across his social media accounts, his hundreds of thousands of fans praised the singer for yet another job well done.
But given the recent climate of Hollywood and the shunning of dozens of power players across all industries for alleged inappropriate behavior, why is it that the Pied Piper always gets a pass?
Whether it’s rumors about his love life or gossip about holding women in his home against their will, folks still suppert the r&b crooner despite the numerous and egregious accusations.
In an attempt to get down to the answer, HipHollywood turned to fellow celebrities to ask why Kels fans are so loyal.
“People grew up on Kels, they just love him and love what he do,” actor and comedian Deon Cole told us. “You love who you love. Even with Bill Cosby, they still love him because of what he did.”
Singer, Melanie Fiona, explained that although she doesn’t like to “comment on other peoples business” and that she “really can’t speak for the masses of people who support him,” she can confirm that “music is powerful and sometimes that trumps anything else.”
HipHollywood even tried to snag Elise Neal, but all she could say was: “Oooh, I don’t know how to answer that question.”
For all you R. Kelly supporters, will you always be a fan? Or does it take one thing for you to jump off the bandwagon?
Netflix’s ‘Step Sisters’ Is ‘Bring It On’ … But Way More Woke!
Netflix is getting ready to “Bring It On” … in more ways than one. The streaming service’s new flick Step Sisters is reminiscent of the 90s dance film, but delves deeper into racial themes like cultural appropriation, tokenization and interracial dating.
In the film Megalyn Echikunwoke (Arrow) plays the president of a black sorority who is tasked with teaching one of the campus’ white sororities how to step for a charity competition. At first glimpse the film seems to be stepping into a can of worms — and had folks on Twitter up in arms, but the creators and cast told HipHollywood it isn’t about cultural appropriation but instead cultural exchange.
“There’s a strong political message, and there’s a lot of racial content,” said Nia Jervier. “But I think that the pill that may be difficult to swallow is dipped in honey, because it’s funny.”
What also helps is that producer/writers like Lena Waithe (Masters of None), Chuck Hayward (Dear White People) and Ben Cory Jones (Underground) are behind the project – so you know it’s woke.
“At the end of the day, Jamila the lead character in our minds she’s reaching over to show them a part of our culture. It doesn’t dilute our culture,” said Jones. ” And I love that we can take stepping and evolve that into issues of race and culture.”
Step Sisters begins streaming on Netflix January 20th.
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