R.Kelly opened the FIFA World Cup recently in South Africa with a spirited performance of his song, “Sign of Victory,” along with the Soweto Spiritual Singers. “Sign of Victory” is the official anthem of the 2010 World Cup.
The self proclaimed “Pied Piper of R&B” is penning a memoir, which will detail his musical career, the death of his mother and the child pornography case he faced. R. Kelly has collaborated and written songs for well-known musical artists such as Michael Jackson, Mary J. Blige and Celine Dion.
“I’m writing this book as Robert, not R. Kelly,” said the 42-year-old singer. “I’m tired of being misunderstood. I will show you the tears, fears, and sweat. I will open my heart and reveal the good in my life as well as all the drama. I want to tell it like it is.”
The book will be published in 2011 by SmileyBooks, a publishing company founded by host Tavis Smiley.
“We are thrilled to be the conduit through which R. Kelly will tell his own story,” Smiley said. “He has earned the right to tell his story his own way.”
I might have to check this out. Would you read his book?
William Balfour, Jennifer Hudson’s brother-in-law and a suspect in the Hudson family murders, will appear at a parole violation hearing before the Illinois Prison Review Board on Monday morning in Joliet, IL. Balfour was convicted for attempted murder in 1999.
Balfour could be released if it is decided there is insufficient evidence that he violated his parole.
Brayel and Brandon Kelly, nephews of R.Kelly, have been arrested and are suspects in an attempted robbery of a Calumet City barbershop. Brayel,15, was shot in the abdomen and chest and is in intensive care at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
Brayel and Brandon are two of the six children of Carey Kelly, R. Kelly’s brother.