Common Says Black People Could Have Done More Amid R. Kelly Allegations: 'We Failed as a Community'


As artists proceed to share their ideas on the gut-wrenching six-part docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, on Tuesday (Jan. eight), TMZ caught up with Common to talk on the allegations pinned in opposition to his fellow Chicago-bred artist.

"We failed as a group as a result of we knew this stuff have been occurring," Common advised TMZ. "And as a substitute of attempting to be like, 'Yo. Let's go and attempt to resolve this example and free these younger women and cease this factor that's occurring,' we have been identical to, 'Man, we rocking to the music.'"

Common additionally took accountability for remaining mum himself and for not talking on these points sooner. "I'm responsible of that too myself as a result of I didn't cease and be like, 'Yo!' and converse in opposition to this," he opined. "R. Kelly's from my hometown. At the top of the day, he's a human being. He has his points and we see that, however I can't condone that and I shouldn't be permitting that to occur. We failed our group as black folks."

Since the finale of Lifetime's Surviving R. Kelly, a lengthy listing of celebrities have candidly expressed their ideas in opposition to the troubled star. Some of Kelly's contemporaries, reminiscent of Ne-Yo, Tank and Omarion, have chosen to face in opposition to him in help of the alleged victims featured within the documentary. On Sunday, Omarion introduced on Twitter that he would not carry out any songs written by R. Kelly following B2K's reunion tour.

"While I do know our followers could be enormously disenchanted if we didn’t carry out these songs on #TheMillennoumTour, after the tour I'm retiring these songs from my set listing. I too am elevating a future queen. #A.A.R.T. (Artists Acknowledging Responsibility & Truth) Peace y’all." he wrote.

Watch Common's interview with TMZ under.