R&B singer Stephanie ‘Sparkle’ Edwards is taking full benefit of her platform following the airing of the three-part Lifetime documentary, ‘Surviving R. Kelly.’
The one-time R. Kelly protégé releases the brand new single, “We Are Ready,” a feminine empowerment anthem that not solely tackles the present R. Kelly drama, she additionally touches on cultural actions like Time’s Up.
“We have a voice, and it’s loud,” Sparkle emotionally declares on the track. Her powerhouse vocals take heart stage as she warns abusers that about their heinous behaviors.
Along with Sparkle’s commentary, ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ options interviews with former girlfriends, associates, accusers, his ex-wife Andrea Kelly, and singer John Legend. The docuseries covers Kelly’s complete life, from his childhood to his profession to his alleged sexual historical past with underage ladies.
“I didn’t want to do the documentary, I initially stated ‘no,’ ” says Sparkle. “But Dream Hampton, one of the [‘Surviving R. Kelly’] exec producers … said that I was heroic in a sense, that I was the only person that stood up and spoke up about what he had done to my niece.”
Kelly didn’t victimize sparkle herself, however her niece was allegedly the 14-year outdated lady within the notorious tape that led to Kelly’s indictment. In 2008, Kelly was acquitted after each he and the younger lady denied that it was them within the video.
Sparkle says she’s glad that talking up has change into extra prevalent as a result of she felt alone when the tapes first got here to mild.
“I spoke up when I first learned of the tape and the situation. I didn’t hesitate. As soon as I saw it, I was on the phone with the authorities,” she says. “That’s where the trial came about.”
“I’m happy the young girls and women who are speaking up now are speaking up, but I wish someone had my back then. Social media is great now — all these movements are here now. But there was a ‘me’ before there was ‘Me Too.’ Nobody had my back.”
Sparkle’s new track is accompanied with by promotional video which incorporates a clip of Oprah Winfrey talking ultimately 12 months’s Golden Globes, pictures of abusers like Bill Cosby, protest and extra.
Naysayers could name out Sparkle for being opportunistic. Nevertheless, her message is primed for the motion.