The evidence against the Chicago superstar was damning, but for almost 20 years, no one was listening. At a Chicago Humanities Festival event, DeRogatis and #MuteRKelly cofounders discuss the systemic apathy that allowed the Kelly to walk free for years.
Bodymilk Tapes invites a crowd of queer and trans musicians to Noise Prom II, the Chicago Humanities Festival hosts a discussion of Jim DeRogatis’s new R. Kelly book, and more.
Advice on navigating consent and pleasure
You can become the notorious R&B star’s landlord, but it’ll probably cost you almost $4.5 million.
Despite sexual harassment and abuse allegations against him stretching back decades, the self-appointed Pied Piper of R&B chugs along.
Also, in 2015 R. Kelly was reportedly kicked out of a local recording studio after “trashing” it.
Current musical obsessions of Eye Vybe Records founder Karissa Talanian, singer-songwriter Drea Smith, and Reader associate editor Kevin Warwick
The whole world saw Van Dyke shoot Laquan McDonald. Now the lawyers of R. Kelly, Rod Blagojevich, and countless murder suspects consider what’s left to argue.
Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner invite us to their party of two and we’re so lucky.
A long-overdue collection of Jessica Hopper’s music writing plants a flag for female rock critics and shows the evolution of a distinctive voice into a well-known byline.
The festival ends with triumphant set from the hometown hero, featuring a surprise R. Kelly cameo and an ocean of mud.
Dee Alexander has earned international acclaim, but fame has eluded her. Her great new album might change that.
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Saturday, August 24
Our photo recap of the Pitchfork Music Festival 2013
Tree’s soul-trap sermon, Killer Mike’s contagious smile, Lil B’s netherworldly bass, R. Kelly’s inflatable white doves, and more beats than you can shake a stick at