In light of the "Surviving R Kelly" Documentary, we are asking that all urban FM and locally based internet radio stations in Phoenix, AZ cease playing the music of Robert Kelly, the R&B music artist known as R Kelly. We ask that not only is music removed from the catalog for the station, but also that any independent DJ's, mixers, radio show hosts/personalities and contracted syndicated shows that air on said radio stations, remove R Kelly from their mixes and playlists that would be broadcast on air. The stations being asked to Mute R Kelly are as follows:
FM Stations: Mega 104.3, 101.1 The Beat, Power 98.3
Internet Stations: Radio Supa, Ikon Radio, Support District Radio
Mr. Kelly has had an extensive history of being a sexual predator on young black women. As a urban and hip hop culture, we believe it is our responsibility to protect the youth, and not use our community platforms to perpetuate the success of a identified sexual predator. It is our hope that through this gesture, we can have a positive impact on those who are survivors feel supported by their community.
While survivors of sexual abuse/assault exist within all ages, genders, race, ethnicity, religion/creed and cultures, it cannot be ignored that the realities and voice of black girls and women continue to be ignored by the culture in which is inherently their own.
In a 2017 report published by the Institute for Women's Policy Research reported that:
More than four in ten Black women experience physical violence from an intimate partner during their lifetimes. White women, Latinas, and Asian/Pacific Islander women report lower rates.
Black women also experience significantly higher rates of psychological abuse—including humiliation, insults, name-calling, and coercive control—than do women overall.
Sexual violence affects Black women at high rates. More than 20 percent of Black women are raped during their lifetimes—a higher share than among women overall.
Black women face a particularly high risk of being killed at the hands of a man. A 2015 Violence Policy Center study finds that Black women were two and a half times more likely to be murdered by men than their White counterparts. More than nine in ten Black female victims knew their killers.
In knowing these facts, and knowing that R Kelly is indeed a perpetrator of sexual, emotional, mental abuse, preying upon young black girls, we have an obligation to make a choice. We have an opportunity to do better.
We have an opportunity to stand alongside survivors with choosing to Mute R Kelly. We have an opportunity to let the youth know that should they be preyed upon and victimized, they are not alone and have a supportive community within urban and hip hop culture.
We have the chance to choose healing over profit, choose courage over comfort, choose support over stagnation.
We further believe that by Muting R Kelly, the voices of survivors of sexual abuse will be strengthened and those in need of help will reach out for it and find healing.