R. Kelly on Wednesday June 29, was sentenced to 30 years in prison. This follows his conviction last year on federal racketeering and sex trafficking charges.
A lot of 90’s kids grew up on a religious staple of R. Kelly’s music – I Believe I Can Fly, I Wish, Ignition, I’m Your Angel.
He was a lyrical and vocal genius. Easy to love – at first. He’d come across in interviews as charismatic, funny, deeply caring – ‘hard not to like him’
Except, the star R. Kelly fans loved and adored had a darker side. He had a fetish for underage girls. It has ultimately led to his crash from R&B legend status, to total shame.
R.Kelly’s current situation is a product of choices, decisions he made years ago, the people he surrounded himself with, and his lifestyle.
Musician R. Kelly was first arrested in 2002 and charged with 21 counts of child pornography. In 2008, a jury acquitted him.
Below are notable lessons to learn his downfall:
Train Your Kids Right
Like never before, we need to embrace the communal mode of parenting – we should really try to understand that we as a whole play a part in guaranteeing that this generation and the next turn out absolutely right. Kids need to fill in a protected and solid atmosphere, and this is a role that ought to be played by the entire community. By this, I mean both nuclear and extended family, school, religious gatherings, etc. We can never take the emotions, feelings and hormones away from children, but you can arm them with the information they need to navigate the world and perceive right from wrong. Ask yourself if beyond the whips and rods, you have created that environment where your child can tell you any and everything. Ask yourself if your child can find solace in your words or arms when they fall into trouble.
Look After Your Children
R. Kelly was abused from age 7-14, that shaped him. Someone close to him was his abuser – a family member. It was a full household, notwithstanding. R. Kelly grew up with 4 brothers and a sister. No one had noticed anything off. Not even his mother could tell that the kid was being molested. The tragic R. Kelly fiasco is faraway – halfway across the globe, or perhaps, could be happening right in your home. Right under your tight work schedules, night classes and your hangouts. Have you been paying attention to the teens in your household? Check on them. Abuse may be closer than you think.
The Influentials Should Learn From This
The Influentials (Celebrities, Business Moguls, Politicians, etc) should learn from R. Kelly’s downfall. Be careful of how you use your stardom and power. You can escape in Nigeria due to a faulty system but not in advance climes. People in power lose their minds while thinking they are above the law. Having the resources to buy their way out of justice only prolongs and increases the potential depravity and when you crash and burn it will be for the whole world to see. May we never fall when we reach our dreams.
A Lesson For The Nigerian Government
The discrimination women face in the wake of systemic inequality being prevalent in Nigeria and the lack of implementation of necessary legal instruments that protect the female gender and give assurance of justice, make it harder for women to report cases of sexual assaults.
Perpetrators who are in positions of authority continue to use their influence to shield themselves from the law. With current campaigns against rape and other forms of sexual abuse in the country, states need to rise to the occasion and deal with it. If rapists are caught, tried, and jailed in time, it can serve as a form of deterrence to future offenders.
Surround Yourself With The Right People
Be around people who have your best interest at heart and learn from them every day. You don’t need to be educated to be civilized. A well-documented research showed R. Kelly’s downfall was due to his lifestyle, not his disability (Dyslexia).
Hence, your limitation is not an excuse! Some of his managers, friends, family members, etc. who are now speaking up didn’t stop or caution him then because he was paying their bills. Currently, with the world against him and zero income, they flipped side and are now profiting from his secrets. If money is what keeps people around you, reassess your circle!
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