Aaliyah Uncle Barry Hankerson Talks Debating Murder Over R. Kelly Allegations


The addition of the rest Aaliyah’s catalog to

streaming services beginning with her 1996

album One In A Million was met with joy by fans and

disgust by select members of her estate.


Aaliyah’s uncle, Barry Hankerson has been vocal

about the return of the full Blackground Records

catalog along with Aaliyah’s and in a recent interview

with The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, he discussed

not only the catalog but his feelings towards R. Kelly,

who he introduced to his teenage niece in the 1990s.


“To be very honest with you, of course, I was upset. I

had to really, really consider what my actions would

be,” he told the morning show around the 8-minute

mark. “And really I found out, I wasn’t a hardcore

criminal. I couldn’t kill nobody. So, I took it, I’m a

Muslim, and I went to Minster Farrakhan and we just

prayed about it, resolved ourselves to let God handle

him. I think that’s what’s going on. Ain’t no sense in

two lives getting destroyed.”


The relationship between Kelly and Aaliyah has

become a focal point as the disgraced singer faces

trial in Brooklyn on numerous sexual misconduct

and racketeering charges. In 1994, a 27-year-old

Kelly married a then 15-year-old Aaliyah illegally,

obtaining a forged marriage license through one of

Kelly’s aides. According to court documents, Kelly

allegedly married the young singer because he

believed she was pregnant with his child.


Hankerson has no interest in following Kelly’s trial,

saying the singer “impacted” his entire family.


According to Chart Data, Aaliyah’s One In A

Million will land on at No. 10 on the Billboard 200

chart, the album’s highest-charting position since it

was released 25 years ago. The next album from her

catalog to be released onto streaming platforms will

be her self-titled album on September 10. Long Live



Source: Tyshawn Smith

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