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      R. Kelly's soap opera gets weirder
      November 13, 2005

      BY JIM DEROGATIS Pop Music Critic Advertisement

      Chicago R&B superstar R. Kelly has done it again.

      Just when it seemed as if "Trapped in the Closet," his ever-expanding, sex-obsessed "ghetto soap opera," couldn't get any stranger, Kelly has released a DVD of the first 12 chapters of the epic, including seven new installments available only on video.

      The weirdest of the new twists and turns involves a white Southern woman cheating on her African-American husband with an African-American midget who defecates in his pants when the cuckolded spouse, a city police officer, pulls his gun.

      As in the past, Kelly sings the roles of all the characters himself with an impressive show of vocal bravura. Different actors lip-sync in the video, while Kelly plays the role of one cheating "player" (Sylvester) and the narrator.

      Three years after he was indicted on child pornography, R. Kelly is still waiting for his day in court on charges that could put him in jail for 15 years.

      But in an episode of the satirical animated series "The Boondocks" airing at 10 p.m. today, the R&B superstar is finally acquitted.

      As Kelly's supporters dance in the courtroom, the show's 10-year-old star chastises the jury. "You wanna help R. Kelly?" former Chicagoan Huey asks. "Then get some counseling for R. Kelly. Don't pretend the man is a hero."

      The brainchild of African-American cartoonist Aaron McGruder, "The Boondocks" plays hot-button issues of race for laughs.

      Kelly, who is drawn wearing the bandit's mask he sported at the Grammys last February, is prosecuted by a black D.A. aghast that the singer, as "The Boondocks" depicts it, videotaped himself urinating on a 14-year-old black girl. He is defended by a white lawyer -- a caricature of radical defense attorney William Kunstler -- who does not hesitate to play the race card.

      After noting that Kelly won an NAACP Image Award, the defense attorney claims "the system" is afraid of the singer.

      "They're afraid because they see the power for good this man wields through his music. They don't want R. Kelly to be free because they don't want you to be free. Maybe R. Kelly did urinate on this woman, but America urinated on R. Kelly."

      Kelly launched the first five video chapters of "Trapped in the Closet" with considerable fanfare on MTV, VH1 and BET in July. Many reviewers praised his ambition and the nearly unprecedented song structure of the complicated operetta.

      The New York Times called it a "tour de force," while Blender magazine branded it "a brilliant triumph." But the saga has done little to generate record sales.

      Promises 10 more chapters

      Eighteen weeks after its release, Kelly's last album "TP.3 Reloaded," which includes the audio tracks of chapters 1-5, is only certified as platinum, with sales of 1 million. In comparison, fellow Chicagoan Kanye West has sold 2 million copies of his new album in 10 weeks.

      Some music industry observers say "Trapped in the Closet" is a novelty whose appeal is quickly wearing thin. But Kelly says he has written another 10 chapters and intends to keep going.

      The producer and co-director of the first 12 video chapters, Ann Carli and Jim Swaffield, are considering whether the saga will continue on DVD or as a feature film.

      "This is a different kind of song, and we knew that it needed a different approach," Swaffield said. "We approached it more like filmmakers than video makers."

      Swaffield, who has worked on videos for Britney Spears, A Tribe Called Quest and others, shares directing credit with Kelly. The musician conveyed the story and his vision for the project by singing and acting it out in the Chocolate Factory recording studio in the basement of his Olympia Fields mansion.

      The filmmaker said "Trapped in the Closet" is primarily an attempt at soap opera-like storytelling, with drama, intrigue and comedy. But he added that the videos also have a deeper meaning.

      "Obviously, this is told in a hyperbolic, more soap-opera-y way," Swaffield said. "But the gist of it is that everyone has their things in the closet lurking behind [them]."

      Real-life soap opera, too

      Fans will no doubt examine the epic for clues about Kelly's troubled personal life. In one revealing new scene, Kelly as Sylvester and the woman who plays his wife laugh about their respective acts of adultery, indicating that they tolerate cheating on one another.

      Kelly's real-life marriage made news in September when his wife and three children moved out of their home. Charging that the singer had slapped her, Andrea Kelly obtained a restraining order against her husband from a Cook County judge.

      A few weeks later, Andrea Kelly dropped the restraining order, and her divorce attorney told the Sun-Times the couple is "trying to work out their marital problems rather than proceeding in domestic violence court."

      The Sun-Times also has reported that R. Kelly has used his fame and influence as a pop star to have sexual relationships with underage girls. In June 2002, he was indicted on charges of child pornography after the newspaper received a videotape that appears to show him having sex with a 14-year-old girl. No trial date has been set.

      Swaffield said the charges did not seem to affect the star while working on "Trapped in the Closet." The director added that he had no qualms about working with Kelly while the trial is pending.

      'Going through my own struggle'


      "I really felt like I'd been given a rare opportunity to work with someone who was gifted, driven and prolific on a project that he truly loved and was doing out of sheer excitement and love," Swaffield said.

      During a recent interview with the Associated Press in which he discussed his contributions to several recordings benefitting victims of Hurricane Katrina, Kelly maintained his innocence and said the charges continue to weigh heavily on him.

      "I'm going through my own struggle, my own hurricane in a way," Kelly said. "I believe in overcoming, and if I can do it, I wanna be that light so people can see me and feel they can be inspired and say, 'You know, R. Kelly can get through this, I can get through this, so we can actually go through this together.' "

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      i like it...its very interesting...and all those issues are going on in todays relationships

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      Personally, I'm not too interested in this "ghetto opera". It just seems like a bunch of hype.

      I was, however, interested in The Boondocks episode that talked about the R. Kelly trial. THAT was funny.

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      R.Kelly.....

      *shakes his head and walks away*

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      Quote Originally Posted by SoularFlarez
      R.Kelly.....

      *shakes his head and walks away*
      R kelly's album "R" is what made me really appreciate his talent. Songs like if i could turnback the hands of time were being played all over 9ja(nigeria) back then, the man is definitely a musical genius, his new "closet" series are a bit weird but it's obvious he is just experimenting which is a sign of genius, that is always changing things around... personally i'm waiting for him to come full circle and come up with another "R" type c.d. I wish him luck in court, please brother SoularFlarez don't walk away, we all need each other and any one of us coulda done the same thing. Peace and Love all! it feels good to be here.

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      Quote Originally Posted by spiral
      R kelly's album "R" is what made me really appreciate his talent. Songs like if i could turnback the hands of time were being played all over 9ja(nigeria) back then, the man is definitely a musical genius, his new "closet" series are a bit weird but it's obvious he is just experimenting which is a sign of genius, that is always changing things around... personally i'm waiting for him to come full circle and come up with another "R" type c.d. I wish him luck in court, please brother SoularFlarez don't walk away, we all need each other and any one of us coulda done the same thing. Peace and Love all! it feels good to be here.
      You're kidding me, right?

      "Any one of us coulda done the same thing"?

      Could you please explain that logic?
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      whoa whoa...we need not side with a pedophile...first off...secondly he's been ot his mind...remember he been breaking off little girls for a while...he's sick...he wears a phantom mask...you listen to music by a man with a phantom mask on...come on...you mine as well take advise from a man in a aluminum hat..1...
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      Hotep family!,
      Did he not say it himself? "i don't see nothing wrong with a lil BUMP AND GRIND" ? a lil or A LOT anyway, if you listen to any of his "hump me!" tunes you can always hear it in his voice that he is ready for some bump and grind!-that brotha always sounds horny!! 4 real! and did they not say that he was once married to Aaliyah (R.I.P.) when she was UNDERAGE!? i personally think he is a sex addict!!


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      Well i guess his actions are inexcusable, when i say anyone of us i mean in our minds. There is of course a difference between entertaining a thought and acting on it. If there's just one thing that should make all conscious Afrikans burn for a New Afrika it's the youth. In 9ja girls and boys are sexually molested, girls are raped and they have no one to turn to. It's so wrong

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      Yes sis Kentake, I rememba the short marriage to Alliyah, he was WILDEN



      i dont doubt his TALENT , Spiral... but far as his personal choices, he should know better. being world famous, a muscian, with mad paper.... Im sure he has no shortage of 18+ n older females if he chooses to get that ''groupy love"

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      Quote Originally Posted by Spiral
      Well i guess his actions are inexcusable, when i say anyone of us i mean in our minds. There is of course a difference between entertaining a thought and acting on it. If there's just one thing that should make all conscious Afrikans burn for a New Afrika it's the youth. In 9ja girls and boys are sexually molested, girls are raped and they have no one to turn to. It's so wrong

      Quote Originally Posted by Spiral
      R kelly's album "R" is what made me really appreciate his talent. Songs like if i could turnback the hands of time were being played all over 9ja(nigeria) back then, the man is definitely a musical genius, his new "closet" series are a bit weird but it's obvious he is just experimenting which is a sign of genius, that is always changing things around... personally i'm waiting for him to come full circle and come up with another "R" type c.d. I wish him luck in court, please brother SoularFlarez don't walk away, we all need each other and any one of us coulda done the same thing. Peace and Love all! it feels good to be here.
      I agree with you Brother Spiral. When do we begin to forgive our people? Do we always have to use "their" laws to determine when our people are "wrong?" I do like R. Kelly's voice and I listen to his songs (although I don't care for this new "Trapped In The Closet" series). I do not condone R's purported child "molestation" behavior. I would like for us to think - as Spiral has said - it could be you. Many of us may be tempted to do things for which we may or may not act on, but if we did we would regret it all the same. It may not happen now, but it could happen at a later time. Don't be so quick to condemn. Talk about it, give the brother a chance, but remember this oft times signifies the human element within us all. Recognize that and be willing to do some soul searching of your own. Remember that in ancient times, African 13 and 14 year olds readily got married to "older" men. This is not nothing new.


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      I personally thinks that he needs to go to jail for a LONG time for being a pedophile, and go through the process like everyone else such as registering as a sex offender. Just because he makes good music doesnt mean he can get away with that. The problem i think that we face today is that people support entertainers so much and idolize them that they would literally do ANYTHING for them. If he did the crime he should be punished i know that if it was ya children or nieces or cousins or whatever you would be sayin somethin different. I think that he has not turned over a new leaf or reformed. He has a history of this problem from the time he was with Aaliyah to this case and they even confiscated his computer and found child pornography. He is a good singer and I listen to his stuff too, but everybody needs to seperate the love for his music from loving the man....I didnt see the tape but my boys back home saw it and they said it was him without a doubt. He is not above the law (even if u dont agree with the law, you know what it is) and he should be punished by his actions. Sex with minors aint cool at all.....thats all i have to say.. and for some "naysayers" that may say that the government put his face digitally.....C'mon.....if it was somebody of importance (revolutionary) then i could see it happening but realistically he already destroying the black community with his music. How you may ask? because with his music he destroying the very essence of black love and demeaning Women using them as objects. hes helping in the destruction of the Woman as the queen to be adored and cherished. Yeah, he makes songs about love and romance but also makes A lot about cheating, getting drunk at the club, one night stands and just straight up Sex. So removing him wouldnt help nobody's greater plan instead, keepin him would help the oppressor....would love to hear what ya comments...like I say these are just my personal thought though...peace ya
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      ^ I would comment but brotha you said it all and all of it was real.

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      I almost ed when I heard this mess on the radio. Literally. I was driving from Chicago to St. Louis and nearly had to stop the car to throw up.

      Its revolting, counterproductive, and amoral. Its particularly suspect for a man that is facing sex charge to continue to plod ahead with sexually charged music.

      Not only is it not interesting, its bloated and overly promoted. The Jewish Entertainment industry is trying to get evey last drop of money they can out of this buffon before he goes to trial. (Of course his jewish manager is probably saying that they are just trying to give him a big nest egg before the trial, but trust me, its about the record label's nest egg, not his.)

      I find R. Kelly and Michael Jackson's genuis to be one more reason to hold they MORE accountable and to earn them even greater scrunity when their lives and music not only take society off its moral center, but when their actions threaten the lives of children.

      They dont build prisons that are dirty, dangerous or depressing enough to hold R. Kelly. Hopefully they will build one before he goes to trial.
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      Quote Originally Posted by IfasehunReincarnated
      I almost ed when I heard this mess on the radio. Literally. I was driving from Chicago to St. Louis and nearly had to stop the car to throw up.

      Its revolting, counterproductive, and amoral. Its particularly suspect for a man that is facing sex charge to continue to plod ahead with sexually charged music.

      Not only is it not interesting, its bloated and overly promoted. The Jewish Entertainment industry is trying to get evey last drop of money they can out of this buffon before he goes to trial. (Of course his jewish manager is probably saying that they are just trying to give him a big nest egg before the trial, but trust me, its about the record label's nest egg, not his.)

      I find R. Kelly and Michael Jackson's genuis to be one more reason to hold they MORE accountable and to earn them even greater scrunity when their lives and music not only take society off its moral center, but when their actions threaten the lives of children.

      They dont build prisons that are dirty, dangerous or depressing enough to hold R. Kelly. Hopefully they will build one before he goes to trial.
      I can't believe it you are Comparing R Kelly to MR Michael Jackson!

      Michael is not a child molester and never was! yes, R kelly is a sick man and needs help and please stop comparing!

      Michael Jackson's trial was a sham and even a blind person could see it. The man was innocent and always was.

      I have to add this. I love Michael!

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