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R. Kelly no longer headlining concert at UIC Pavilion after petition

By Meghan Dwyer,

R. Kelly will no longer headline an upcoming concert at UIC Pavilion.

R. Kelly was supposed to headline the Love Jam concert on May 5, but Ticketmaster announced Friday he will no longer perform. It comes on the heels of a petition calling on UIC’s chancellor to cancel the performance.

Natalie Bennet, director of the Women’s Leadership and Resource Center at UIC, said she posted a letter on Facebook addressed to the chancellor. The letter says that “to host the concert at UIC is to condone the harm that [Kelly] has done to African-American women and girls, and create a hostile work environment for black women who work, study and live at UIC.”


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