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R. Kelly accused of sexual assault

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Robert Kelly, famous R&B singer who goes by R. Kelly, has been accused of sexually assaulting and preying on young black teenagers specifically, for the past twenty years. Now, with the largely established #MeToo movement, R. Kelly’s alleged crimes are brought to the forefront of the public’s attention as women continually share their stories of his alleged sexual abuse done unto them.

Most prominently the Lifetime special “Surviving R. Kelly” has created controversy regarding R. Kelly’s alleged crimes against young black women. Many take to social media to share their opinions on: whether Kelly is guilty or not, and assuming he is guilty, whether his music should be muted or respected based on a separation from Kelly’s character.

Celebrities such as Taraji P. Henson and Erykah Badu’s morals have been called into question online. Henson claims that her statements about Kelly were misconstrued and she is in full support of the alleged victims. Badu, contrarily, has been criticized for her rumored refusal to take part in “Surviving R. Kelly,” which producer, Dream Hampton, asked her to join.

Although, Kelly has never been found guilty on any counts, many accusations have been made against him; in 1994 Kelly married an underage Aaliyah while she was just 15 and he was 24, in 1996 Kelly was sued by Tiffany Hawkins for sexual misconduct, in January of 2001 Kelly was indicted on child porn charges and found not guilty, in August of 2001 Tracy Sampson sued R. Kelly for alleged sexual abuse, in 2002 Patrice Jones sued Kelly for assaulting her when she was 16, and in May of 2002 Motina Woods sued Kelly for taping their sexual encounter without her consent. Kelly settled all cases of sexual assault and misconduct brought against him and many of the women signed non-disclosure agreements.

Kelly’s avoidance of any legal repercussions is not definitive proof of his innocence and does not indicate, as many argue, that the women who have shared their stories are lying. According to BBC.com only about 8 percent of all rape accusations are false. This percentage being much smaller than the number of rapes which go unreported each year.

The controversy surrounding R. Kelly in the media right now, regardless of his stance as an innocent or guilty man, could be detrimental to his career and may forever damage his image as a respected artist.

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Hailey Reyes, Editor-in-Chief of Writing & Design

Hailey Reyes is a former staff writer, and former Editor-in-Chief of Writing and Design for the PawPrint Newspaper. Hailey graduated from Durant in 2019. 

March’s Spicy Memes

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  1. Evil Patrick: This meme surfaced late February to early March, predominantly on twitter. The “Evil Patrick” meme is a screen grab from an episode of Sponge Bob, and Patrick Star’s eyes are photoshopped upside down, giving him a menacing appearance. Captions for this meme mostly relate to an intentional menacing act that is about to be performed. The spiciness level of this meme is 4/5 habanero peppers for the versatility of the original picture and the wide variety of captions. 
  2. Drake and Josh Door Meme: This meme also popped up in late February on Twitter. The background is from the Nickelodeon show Drake and Josh specifically the episode where  they build a tree house. After completing the main walls for the tree house, Drake forgets to bring a saw to cut a door hole, not realizing this until after they put it up. Josh astonished his step brother could make such a stupid mistake gives him a dumbfounded look. Spiciness level is 3/5 habanero peppers, what counted against this meme is the lack of flexibility of it. 
  3. Double D’s Book of Facts: This meme has actually been around for awhile, but has started picking up popularity like never before recently. It is prominent on Instagram. The show where the screenshot originated from is Cartoon Network’s Ed, Edd, and Eddy. The picture is of Edd, also known as Double D, holding up his “Book of Facts” with a manic look on his face. Spiciness level for this bad boy is 4/5 because of how it can tie into other memes, or just be flat out shocking. 
  4. God’s Plan Starts Playing Meme: This is a screen grab from the music video of rapper Drake’s single God’s Plan. This meme gained popularity over Twitter in the past week, and is used to show extreme gratification over most of the time a small kind act. Spiciness level is 2/5 for low impact uses. 

“Adventure Beyond Compare”

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Adventure Beyond Compare

By: TJB

 

Abigail was a curious little girl,

Belonging to the Wellocke family, daughter of the King’s General.

Countless jewels cover her neck and decorate the hilt of her sword.

Determined to find adventure

Every morning she ventures through the woods

Farther each day with growing excitement

Gasping at each new wonder she found.

Hush child, she reminds herself

Incredible monsters hunt in the dark shadows of these woods

Just enough fear to fill her will adrenaline

Keen senses notice all the colors in the air

Lost in her own mind

Malice overcomes her heart, preparing her

Never has she felt this power

Oblivious to the wolf stalking her from above.

Power from the wolf’s body throws her to the ground

Quasar eyes stare through her soul.

Rushing through her mind: What a story this will make.

Silk cloth torn from her cloak caught in the creature’s teeth.

Tomorrow will not come if she waits

Unsure if she remembered to breathe, she moves

Valor aids her as she grips her sword and begins her dance.

Washed in the blood of a lifeless beast, her sword dripping.

Xanadu grew in the trees and the sunlight, echoing her first victory.

Yearning to taste more of the thrill and danger.

Zaftig from her discovery.

 

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