Final arguments as the prosecution rests: R. Kelly’s rules protected him, prosecutors in sex trial say

NEW YORK  — R. Kelly got away with sexually abusing underage victims for more than two decades by ruling his inner circle enablers with an iron fist, a prosecutor told jurors on Wednesday at the R&B singer’s sex-trafficking trial.     “The defendant set rules, lots of them, and he demanded complete obedience,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Geddes said during closing arguments in federal court in Brooklyn. That meant “for many years what happened in the defendant’s world stayed in the defendant’s world,” Geddes added. “But no longer.”   Among the…

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R. Kelly Had Sex With Underaged Aaliyah On Tour Bus According To Jane Doe #7

The government just filed shocking documents claiming that a woman known as Jane Doe #7 allegedly witnessed R. Kelly abusing Aaliyah when she was 13-years-old!   Prosecutors trying for sexual racketeering R. Kelly are asking a judge to allow shocking testimony from a witness – who says she witnesses the disgraced singer abusing Aaliyah. A woman only known as Jane Doe #7 claims R. Kelly started abusing her in 1991 when she was a minor. The woman is prepared to testify that she witnessed R. Kelly having sex with Aaliyah…

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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…

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Today Marks The 20th Anniversary Of Aaliyah’s Passing

   Today is a very sad day in the world of music, as it’s officially been 20 years since R&B singer/dancer/actress Aaliyah tragically passed away in a plane crash at the age of 22. To celebrate her life and career, fans have flooded social media with memories of her short, but incredibly impactful career.   One of the most notable ways that Aaliyah’s memory is being celebrated on the 20th anniversary of her passing, is that her full musical catalogue was finally announced to be released. Her ground-breaking second album “One In A Million”…

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Aaliyah’s ‘One In A Million’ Album Tops The iTunes Chart thanks to Empire

 Less than 24 hours after it finally dropped on streaming services for the first time, Aaliyah’s second album “One In A Million” has topped the iTunes charts! Aaliyah’s fans have clearly been streaming her iconic album in massive numbers, as it has remained number one on the chart and became a hot topic on social media.   Aaliyah’s Timbaland and Missy Elliott-produced album, “One In A Million,” was officially released on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Amazon Music and various other platforms—while fans eagerly anticipate the remainder of her catalog that is…

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Aaliyah’s Estate Slams ‘Unscrupulous’ Effort to Release Her Music ‘Without Transparency’

Aaliyah‘s estate is standing firm in their effort to protect the late singer’s legacy.   Weeks before the 20th anniversary of her tragic death, Aaliyah’s estate released a statement slamming an effort by the singer’s former label to drop her music on streaming services. (On Instagram, Blackground Records 2.0 shared a website and hashtag #AaliyahIsComing earlier this week teasing the return of her music.) “Protecting Aaliyah’s legacy is, and will always be, our focus. For 20 years we have battled behind the scenes, enduring shadowy tactics of deception with unauthorized…

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R. Kelly jury to hear how he illegally wed underage Aaliyah at his sex-trafficking trial

The last pre-trial hearing before R. Kelly’s federal sex-trafficking trial begins next week featured a laundry list of what will and won’t be heard by the jury, including his secret marriage to then- teenage singer Aaliyah.   The outline of the story of Kelly and Aaliyah, who died in a 2001 plane crash, has long been known although Kelly has never admitted to wrongdoing. They secretly married in 1994, when she was 15 and he was 27 – allegedly after he bribed a government official to obtain a fake ID for her showing her age as 18, according…

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Aaliyah’s Uncle Barry Hankerson Is Reviving His Old Record Label As ‘Blackground Records 2.0’

Barry Hankerson, the man who brought us talents including his niece, the late Aaliyah, is reviving his old record label Blackground Records rebranded as Blackground Records 2.0. Multiple streets were shut down in Atlanta Saturday as the first lady of Blackground Records 2.0, Autumn Marini, shot her first video ahead of the label’s launch. Barry spoke exclusively to The Shade Room to talk about the rebirth of his label–which gave us Timbaland’s “Shock Value II” in 2009 before a more than 10-year hiatus–and bragged on his new artist who he…

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Normani Sample Aaliyah’s One In A Million For Her New Single ‘Wild Side’(Aaliyah Uncle Responds)

Normani took a little music hiatus but she came back with a vengeance with the release of her new single “Wild Side” featuring Cardi B. The 90s vibe of the song paired with the spicy music video and of course a feature from Cardi had people talking, but a lot of fans also pointed out that the song seemingly pays homage to Aaliyah’s “One In A Million”. As y’all know, it’s extremely rare that artists get their hands on an approved Aaliyah sample seeing as though her music isn’t even…

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