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M.A.C seems to be intent on profiting off the nostalgia that fans have for dead artists.

By Ruby Mora Aaliyah, the legendary R&B singer who created an unforgettable legacy in the music industry as the ever-reigning queen of R&B will have her own makeup collection in collaboration with her estate and M.A.C Cosmetics set to launch in Summer of 2018, according to a recent announcement by the makeup company on their Instagram account. https://www.instagram.com/p/BYLdzglB9pD/?taken-by=maccosmetics “Aaliyah is truly one in a million — an unstoppable icon whose groundbreaking work in R&B music and film inspires us all,” the company stated. “Today we join her countless fans in celebrating her with the announcement of the Aaliyah x M·A·C collection. You made it happen! Stay tuned in 2018.” This announcement left me with mixed feelings. Although I’ve been an Aaliyah fan for years, I can’t help but feel like the decision M.A.C made to launch this collection is odd, inconsiderate, and a bit heartless, to say the least, especially since the company had already released a collection in collaboration with the family and estate of Selena, anther legendary singer with a legacy as queen of Tejano music and iconic in her own right. Both collections coming into existence are mainly in result of fans who signed a petition created in July 2015 demanding the makeup collab (after the announcement of Selena’s collection), which has surpassed 26,000 signatures at this point. The Selena collection also had its own petition that accumulated 40,000 signatures before M.A.C announced its impending creation.

The latest news about R. Kelly illustrates how we are failing Black girls, we are failing Black women.

A new chapter in the R. Kelly saga broke yesterday when Buzzfeed published an investigative piece about the artist. The article details accusations of the singer/sexual predator having a ‘cult’ or harem of young women whom he houses in various properties. Kelly allegedly dictates how they dress, controls what they eat, confiscates their cell phones and limits their contact with the outside world. According to sources, he also records their sexual encounters and shares them with the men in his circle. Journalist Jim DeRogatis, who has been writing about Kelly’s exploits and misdeeds for decades, spoke to several victims and their families, including the parents of a 22-year-old girl (now identified as Joycelyn Savage) who was absorbed into Kelly’s entourage when she was 19. Savage’s mother, who went by J in the article, was quoted as saying that she was "really impressed" by Kelly when she met in at a 2015 concert in California. Money and power in the hands of masculinity IS impressive, aint it? J is in her 40s, so this mother, who was an adult when Kelly's 2008 trial occurredwas STILL a fan despite evidence of his abusive history. The only thing that can describe the horror of this is internalized misogynoir. She was willing to sell out her daughter’s existence to a known predator because he was acquitted–despite the video evidence circulated widely of him urinating on a 14-year-old girl.

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