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R&B Singer R. Kelly Found Guilty Of Racketeering And Sex Trafficking

We speak with activist Oronike Odeleye about the R. Kelly being verdict.  A jury of seven men and five women found the R&B singer guilty of charges including sexual exploitation of a child, bribery, racketeering and sex trafficking involving five victims. Kelly faces a possible sentence of 10 years to life in prison.

Oronike Odeleye is a freelance Arts & Entertainment consultant who has worked with a range of clients including ONE Musicfest, The National Black Arts Festival, The Annie B Casey Foundation, American Express, The Atlanta Hawks, and The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office.

In 2017 she co-founded the #MuteRKelly campaign to advocate for the black community’s divestment from accused serial sexual abuser, R. Kelly.  Through her work over the past 2 years, the #MuteRKelly campaign has gotten 16 concerts canceled in the US and abroad, held protest rallies in 8 cities, had his music downgraded from streaming platforms and banned from radio stations across the nation, gotten RCA to end his recording contract, and has seen charges brought against him by the FBI and Chicago PD, and investigations launched in Atlanta, GA and Detroit, Michigan.

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