Surviving R. Kelly Documentary on Lifetime
The documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly” is a powerful and essential watch on the Lifetime Network. While it is incredibly challenging, particularly for survivors of rape and sexual assault, I firmly believe in the importance of amplifying the voices of the women courageously sharing their experiences.
Years ago, I consciously decided to remove R. Kelly from my life when I learned about the pornographic tape involving him and an underage girl. His music became off-limits, award shows honoring him were boycotted, and the allure of payment couldn't lure me to one of his concerts. The lingering trauma from my own experiences with sexual abuse makes it abundantly clear – I cannot support predators or those who endorse them. Regardless of R. Kelly's legal outcome, the video, featuring an underage girl, speaks volumes. I haven't watched it; my insights come solely from the glimpses shown in the “Surviving R. Kelly” documentary.
Lifetime's Best Performance
The premiere of Lifetime’s ground-breaking documentary series Surviving R. Kelly captivated audiences and commanded the social conversation, delivering 1.9 million Total Viewers and marking Lifetime’s best performance in more than two years in all key demos including Adults 25-54 (1.2 million), Adults 18-49 (1.1 million), Women 25-54 (837,000), and Women 18-49 (767,000), according to Nielsen Media Research.
“A frightening picture is finally starting to take shape of a man whose dark past has gone largely ignored for years.” Dream Hampton, Executive Producer of Surviving R. Kelly
About Surviving R. Kelly
In the ground-breaking documentary series Surviving R. Kelly, women are emerging from the shadows and uniting their voices to share their stories. Celebrated as one of the greatest R&B singers of all time, R. Kelly’s genre-defining career and playboy lifestyle has been riddled with rumors of abuse, predatory behavior, and pedophilia. Despite damning evidence and multiple witnesses, to date, none of these accusations have seemingly affected him. For the first time ever, survivors and people from R. Kelly’s inner circle, are coming forward with new allegations about his sexual, mental, and physical abuse. They are now finally ready to share their full story and shed light on the secret life the public has never seen.
With over 50 interviews including civil rights activist Tarana Burke, musicians John Legend and Sparkle, talk-show host and former DJ Wendy Williams, ex-wife Andrea Kelly, ex-girlfriend Kitti Jones, brothers Carey and Bruce Kelly, and many others, the true story of R. Kelly’s controversial past will be revealed beginning in 1970 through present day, shedding light on the R&B star whose history of alleged abuse of underage African American girls has, until recently, been largely ignored by mainstream media.
Surviving R. Kelly is executive produced by cultural critic, filmmaker, and passionate activist Dream Hampton, Tamara Simmons, Joel Karlsberg, and Jesse Daniels for Kreativ Inc. which has a production deal with Bunim/Murray Productions (BMP), and Brie Miranda Bryant from Lifetime. This program falls under Lifetime’s commitment to providing a platform to give women a voice where they have previously been unheard of to bring awareness to the abuses and harassment of women.
Activist Tarana Burke founded the “Me Too” movement over a decade ago with the mission of connecting survivors of sexual assault to the resources necessary for healing. Originally, Burke initiated ‘Me Too' to assist young Black women and girls in low-wealth communities. She designed a culturally-informed curriculum addressing sexual violence within the Black community and society at large. The movement aims to support individuals working within their communities, addressing specific needs, such as supporting disabled trans survivors of color leading and creating events, toolkits, and more with fellow disabled trans survivors. By fostering mutual upliftment and support, we can contribute to a global movement that actively interrupts sexual violence. For more information on the “Me Too” movement, visit their website: MeToo