R. Kelly Film Brings Up Question: Do Black girls’ lives matter?

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Following the “Surviving R. Kelly” finale, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chance the Rapper and other celebrities are asking, “Do black girls’ lives matter?”The six-part docuseries featured accounts from accusers and Kelly’s close friends on his life and allegations of abuse, predatory behavior and pedophilia.Kelly’s lawyer said the documentary is filled with false allegations, and has suggested the subjects are defaming his client for personal gain, according to Billboard.In 2002, Kelly was charged with 21 counts of child pornography for a videotape that allegedly showed him having sex with an unidentified underage girl. He was acquitted, and his lawyers at the time said Kelly was not in the video, and suggested his likeness may have been computer-generated.In 2017, he was accused of having a sexual relationship with a teen. At the time, Kelly’s publicist denied previous allegations, saying they were “made up by individuals known to be dishonest.”But after Saturday’s last episode of the series, people who took to social media had one question: why did no one care about the girls?

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