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African-Americans made R. Kelly soar. They always had the power to bring him down.

Lots of troubling information was revealed in the Lifetime network documentary "Surviving R. Kelly." For African-Americans, it should be a wake-up call.

There is no way of getting around the fact that African-Americans, particularly women, created R. Kelly, the superstar. We bought so many of his recordings that nearly everything he touched reached No. 1 on the music charts.

We couldn't wait to "Step in the Name of Love" on Saturday nights, then turn around and

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