R. Kelly reportedly faces a new criminal investigation after Lifetime’s docuseries

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After 25 years’ worth of accusations of sexual misconduct against R. Kelly, the R&B legend may be about to face legal consequences again.

Following the airing of Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly, a six-part docuseries about the singer and the persistent allegations that he has abused young women and girls, the district attorney in Fulton County, Georgia, has reportedly opened a new investigation into Kelly’s alleged abuse.

(Kelly has denied the idea that he is holding anyone against their will, and some of the women in question have told the police that they live with Kelly voluntarily. Their families argue that they have been brainwashed.)

An attorney for the family of Jocelyn Savage, one of the women who is allegedly being held by Kelly, told CNN that he was contacted by the Fulton County district attorney shortly after Surviving R. Kelly aired. The office of the district attorney has not commented on the matter, and no warrant has been issued against Kelly.

However, a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Kelly’s manager James Mason, who police say has threatened Kelly’s accusers. The police have been unable to find Mason.

And in Illinois, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx has asked any of Kelly’s potential victims to come forward. “There’s nothing that can be done to investigate these allegations without cooperation between victims and witnesses,” Foxx said. “We cannot do this without you.”

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Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly appears to have effectively focused attention back on Kelly and the question of his alleged misconduct. The series was highly watched, with each of the six episodes averaging 2.1 million viewers, and after it aired, two Dallas radio stations announced that they would no longer support Kelly’s music. “If the courts won’t take care of [Kelly] in terms of punishing him, then we’ll stop playing his music as punishment,” said radio host DeDe McGuire.

Many of Kelly’s fans continue to support him, however, and Spotify has reported that after Surviving R. Kelly aired there was a 16 percent spike in streams of Kelly’s music.

Kelly has not officially commented on the series, but his lawyer described it as “lies” and threatened to sue before it aired. According to TMZ, Kelly is planning to “expose” his accusers with a website and Facebook page called “Surviving Lies,” but the website has yet to go up, and Facebook removed the Surviving Lies page for violating its community standards.

Golden Globes Award – How to Watch and What to Expect

Golden Globes Award

The 76th annual Golden Globes will air live on NBC on Sunday, January 6, at 8 pm Eastern/5 pm Pacific. Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg and Killing Eve star Sandra Oh will co-host the show, which will be held at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

What makes the Globes, organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HPFA), special is that it’s a major televised awards show that recognizes achievement in both television and film — usually, those modes of entertainment are recognized separately at the Emmys and Oscars. The awards are also considered to be the kickoff of the annual Hollywood awards season that concludes with the Oscars in late February, and a place where frontrunners can emerge.

Here’s what to expect at the 2019 awards, and how to watch them.

Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg will host the 2019 Golden Globes

Oh and Samberg are the first duo to host the Globes since Amy Poehler and Tina Fey co-hosted for a three-year run in 2013 to 2015. (Ricky Gervais, Jimmy Fallon, and Seth Meyers hosted solo in 2016, 2017, and 2018.) Going into the ceremony, the vibe of Oh and Samberg’s promotional clips indicates that the two likable stars will be spoofing the idea that they’re best friends in a way that two very good friends who respect each other’s work and talent might do.

“I like playing off someone else and having there be a looseness to it and the ability to try things that are not necessarily just straight jokes to [the teleprompter],” Samberg told Oh in a feature for the Hollywood Reporter in which they interviewed each other ahead of the awards. “That’s why I’m excited to do it with you, ’cause you’re such an incredible performer.”

In the same interview, Oh hinted that the 2019 Globes may be light on political commentary and more about celebrating achievement in movies like Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians and how the arts can change culture.

What the Four Pins drama says about Twitter as a company

Twitter as a company

The account, best known for memes about menswear and the internet-savvy but “swagless” kids who foam at the mouth upon each announcement of a new limited-edition sneaker, has a few claims to fame: It was first to notice Jonah Hill getting “fit”; first to pay careful attention to the California streetwear evolution of early-aughts relic John Mayer; and, quite simply, the most thorough and diligent chronicler of the rise of a streetwear-obsessed subculture that was once relegated to Reddit and is now covered in Vogue.

It disappeared from Twitter for a little less than a month, starting in mid-December — seemingly out of chances to stop posting unlicensed photographs of celebrities. Then CEO Jack Dorsey, reportedly, personally brought it back. The internet rejoiced.

But you don’t have to be interested in Supreme or Simpsons reaction GIFs or even style in general to care about the @Four_Pins journey. This drama says enough about life on our capriciously run dominant platforms, before it says anything in particular about fashion. And the blip of a conflict is a reminder of how Twitter operates — by whim, and in secret — who has influence over it, and what Jack Dorsey cares about.

 

Complex failed to monetize the Four Pins website, but the Four Pins Twitter account was a hit all along. In December 2015, after Four Pins’ pending closure was unceremoniously revealed in the middle of a New York Times story about an internet-y Italian menswear store on the Upper East Side, Schlossman tweeted, “chill fam the twitter isn’t going anywhere it’s not like any of u literally read the site more than once lmao.”

It only got bigger after the site stopped existing, accruing hundreds of thousands of new followers in the past two years — partly because the jokes were funny, but largely because it was in the right place at the right time, and because everyone loves a chaotic, disembodied troublemaker. Oddly, although Schlossman never denied receiving a small monthly fee from Complex to keep the account running and took credit for the account in his personal Twitter bio, “Who runs Four Pins?” became its own persistent meme, as documented by Dave Infante for Mel Magazine earlier this year. It just seemed like there must be some omnipotent, mannerless menswear god behind the keyboard.

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