Tom Joyner has taken a step in the right direction by banning R. Kelly’s music.
During Jacque Reid’s “Inside Her Story” segment of the Tom Joyner Morning Show, #MeToo founder Tarana Burke discussed the support Kelly still receives from fans and people in the industry after Sophia Nelson accused the movement of “not doing enough to bring down R. Kelly.”
The two women talked about Burke’s ongoing fight to end sexual violence against Black and brown women and allegations against Kelly.
Burke went on to explain by supporting the 51-year-old’s music, consumers are keeping him “wealthy”. She then called out the TJMS for their “support” over the years of Kelly (they, like many stations, still play his music, even having him on the 2015 Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage Cruise).
“We need the Tom Joyner Morning Show to support R. Kelly.” Without hesitation, Joyner responded “Okay, you got it. I’ll do that right now. I won’t play anymore R. Kelly music.”
This is a bold move from the 68-year-old veteran radio host, who announced his retirement last year, and perhaps the first of his stature to do so publicly.