The singer recognizes how her mother's constant presence may have protected her.
Jojo may have achieved what Tamar Braxton had attempted in her now-deleted post. The "Leave (Get Out)" singer had a lot to say after watching Lifetime's docuseries focused on R. Kelly's sex scandals which include incidents involving minors. This narrative seems to have struck a chord in the young singer, having grown up working in the industry with some of Kelly's associates. Like Tamar, Jojo is appalled by the fact that many people were aware of the R&B icon's actions and simply let the pattern continue, even leveraging his behavior as studio banter. The following gathers the insights Jojo offered via social media.
To know that many men I’ve known throughout my career (women too, no doubt, but overwhelmingly more men) worked so closely with R. Kelly and KNEW and in some cases SAW the abuse going on + told stories about this stuff in studio sessions like it was funny and nobody came forward?
seems like many continued 2make money off of him and stick around, thus condoning his disgusting predatory ways. Were they sticking around for more “ridiculous Robert Kelly stories” they could tell in private studio sessions later down the line? … the R Kelly stories I’ve heard in sessions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Many of these stories I was hearing when I, myself, was wayyyy underage. Making my first couple albums at 12 and then 14/15. I was a HUGEEEEE R Kelly fan, came from a broken home, had daddy issues, and wondered… how did these girls get chosen? I wondered if I could/would be.
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so so thankful 2have had my mom by my side (THANK U MOM I LOVE U MADLY) who 1- never left me alone for a second until I turned 18, 2- never let me work w R Kelly when I begged her to 3- never let me get too close to other predatory men who wanted to do who-knows-what to me
Because, if I didn’t have her, I could have easily fallen victim to someone like R Kelly. Period. feel DEEPLY for these COURAGEOUS QUEENS who come forward and in some cases risk their lives 2share their story &let others know they’re not alone!!!! Going up against powerful people/ entities f*cking intimidating/ terrifying.
Thank u @lifetimetv for this important docuseries #SurvivingKelly
Im sure it’s way easier SAID than DONE to come forward when you see some wild sh*t going on right in front of you… but COME THE HELL ON. When dealing w child abuse can it become a reflex!???? SH*T!
We must acknowledge that today, in America, the color of a person’s skin + their/ their families socio-economic standing either ensures or denies them protection. Some people’s stories are prioritized & believed over others. Some are blamed & victim-shamed.
There are patterns. Do you see? This is unacceptable. #SurvivingRKelly