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 towards his fellow Chicago-bred artist.

"We failed as a group as a result of we knew these items have been taking place," Common advised TMZ. "And as a substitute of attempting to be like, 'Yo. Let's go and attempt to resolve this case and free these younger girls and cease this factor that's occurring,' we have been similar 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 towards 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 individuals."

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

"While I do know our followers could be vastly upset if we didn’t carry out these songs on #TheMillennoumTour, after the tour I'm retiring these songs from my set checklist. 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 beneath. 

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