R. Kelly. Photo: EPA/TANNEN MAURY

Songs, Movies & Moments: March 2019

R. Kelly. Photo: EPA/TANNEN MAURY

A Look at Entertainment

by T.J. Moore –

The families of the women who have been living with disgraced R&B singer R. Kelly have been persistent in rescuing their daughters from his alleged “sex cult.” Now that Kelly’s been investigated and charged, the FBI recently asked the parents to shut down their efforts to bring their daughters home. Jocelyn Savage’s parents Tim and Jonjelyn have been asked to not request for any more welfare checks at Kelly’s Chicago home, where Joycelyn lives because of the concern that the checks could possibly interfere with the investigation.

Savage and Azriel Clary, another woman who lives with Kelly, were last seen at the singer’s bail hearing recently. Savage denies that she’s being held against her will has been brainwashed by Kelly.

As revealed in the explosive Lifetime docu-series Surviving R. Kelly, the Savages haven’t spoken to their daughter in a few years.

Jussie Smollett

After surrendering to Chicago police, Jussie Smollett revealed that he’s been battling a drug addition.

According to TMZ, the Empire star allegedly disclosed that he’s addicted to ecstasy and that he’s never sought help or rehabilitation for it. Based on the text messages recovered by police officials, Smollett had been buying drugs from Able Osundario, one of the brothers who participated in the staged Jan. 29th attack in Chicago since last year.

Smollett was charged with a felony count of disorderly conduct for filing a false report after Osundario and his brother Ola revealed that Smollett paid them $3,500 to participate in a hate crime. Allegedly, Smollett staged the attack because he was unhappy with his salary as Jamal on the hit Fox TV show.

Future, rapper

Rapper Future is under fire for allegedly telling security at a Miami night club to ban plus-sized women from his party. According to popular Instagram influencer @na0__ through a recent IG story, it did happen.

“Noticeably perplexed,” she wrote to her followers. “I’m just trying to understand really why this is a thing. Why is he allowed to put those rules in place. The discrimination is insane to me.” Adding that she does care about a rapper, it’s just the principle. “It’s the fact that it’s a thing in 2019 that we can say no fatties in the club” that upset her.

The South Beach venue where Future was hanging out has yet to be named, but discrimination in Miami clubs is nothing new. Seven years ago, four black women made the news after exposing the Fontainbleau Miami Beach Hotel from denying them entrance based on their race. When one of the women texted a party promoter to tell him they were turned away from the door, his response was allegedly “it’s a double standard at the Fountainbleu. White chicks can be okay. Black chicks gotta look twice as good and they only cater to a so called urban crowd on Thursdays and Sundays.”

Given that history, there is a possibility that Future actually enforced the ban, rather the club owner decided to enforce the policy.

Janet Jackson

Pop icon Janet Jackson will hold court with a new Las Vegas residency in May when her show Metamorphosis hits the strip. According to an announcement from Jackson’s camp, Metamorphosis is described as a “thrill ride of dance and visuals.”

Tickets are currently on sale starting at $79 as of March 2. Jackson will kick off the residency on May 17.

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