“Surviving R. Kelly” aired its final installment on Saturday and has the world talking about the two decades of sexual assault allegations against the singer. One of the people who spoke out was Sparkle, an artist he produced and the aunt of the 14-year-old who was allegedly urinated on in the sex tape video. Sparkle introduced her niece to R. Kelly, which has gotten her mixed reactions online. Many people do not understand how she could have introduced a child to Kelly, knowing that there was a marriage certificate with 15-year-old Aaliyah in 1994. That said, Sparkle said an adult should always be present, but Kelly managed to spend alone time with the child. Sparkle did testify against Kelly when he was on trial, lost her career and was estranged from her family for 10 years.
Nonetheless, the singer just dropped a new single, “We Are Ready,” which is an anthem for survivors.
Written by Sparkle, the lyrics are, “Said that we were weak long enough, but time is up/ We ain’t weak/ We have a voice and it’s loud, no we ain’t just figure it out/ When we come together we win we overcome battles, we fall, we’ll do it again/ And it’s never been an easy win, but we are ready.”
However, social media has had mixed reactions. See below: