Music critic and journalist Jim DeRogatis: ‘It’s a travesty that it took this long’ to convict R. Kelly

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FILE – Musician R. Kelly leaves the Leighton Criminal Court building in Chicago on June 6, 2019. Accusers and others demanding accountability for the R&B superstar over allegations that he was abusing young women and girls for decades say it took so long to get to a guilty verdict in part because his targets were Black. Kelly was convicted Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, in his sex trafficking trial. Those who work against sexual violence say Black women and girls who want to speak out face a society that hypersexualizes them from a young age. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky, File)

Jim DeRogatis is responsible for bringing to light the sexual abuse R. Kelly committed against young Black women for nearly 30 years. He joins John Williams after the R&B artist was found guilty on all charges of abuse: racketeering, sex trafficking, bribery and sexual exploitation of a child.

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