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Rhythm and blues

Music genre that originated in African American communities in the 1940s

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Rhythm and blues, commonly abbreviated as R&B, is a genre of popular music that originated in African American communities in the 1940s. The term was originally used by record companies to describe recordings marketed predominantly to urban African Americans, at a time when "urbane, rocking, jazz based music with a heavy, insistent beat" was becoming more popular. In the commercial rhythm and blues music typical of the 1950s through the 1970s, the bands usually consisted of piano, one or two guitars, bass, drums, one or more saxophones, and sometimes background vocalists. R&B lyrical themes often encapsulate the African-American experience of pain and the quest for freedom and joy, as well as triumphs and failures in terms of relationships, economics, and aspirations.


Judge denies bail for R. Kelly over sex abuse case in NYC

A judge agreed with prosecutors that freeing the embattled R&B singer would create a risk of him fleeing or tampering with witnesses
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April trial date set in R. Kelly Chicago federal case

A judge has set an April 27 trial date in R. Kelly's federal case in Chicago that accuses the R&B star of child pornography and obstruction of justice. But the judge says that date could be moved...
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R. Kelly appears in court in Chicago on sex-crimes charges, supporters get emotional outside

Accused sex offender and R&B singer R. Kelly appeared in federal court in Chicago Wednesday for a status hearing.
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R. Kelly asks judge to be released from solitary confinement

The disgraced R&B singer is accused in several state and federal indictments of sex crimes that span decades
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R. Kelly charged in Minnesota with soliciting girl in 2001

The R&B singer faces numerous other federal and state charges accusing him of sexually abusing minors
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R. Kelly crisis manager: I wouldn't leave my daughter with accused pedophile

Darrell Johnson says the R&B singer facing new sex crime charges is "a mess right now. He's scared, he's isolated"
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Singer R. Kelly denied bail on U.S. charges of sex crimes over two decades

R&B singer R. Kelly pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a raft of federal charges accusing him of running a scheme to force women and girls to provide sex for himself and others, and a judge ordered that..
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New R. Kelly charges mean singer is facing "decades" behind bars, legal expert says

CBS News legal analyst Rikki Klieman joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss newly announced charges against R. Kelly. The R&B singer was arrested Thursday night and is facing a 13-count indictment..
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R. Kelly arrested by feds on new sex crimes charges, including child pornography

R&B singer R. Kelly was arrested by federal authorities in Chicago Thursday on new sex crimes charges, putting the embattled singer in even deeper legal jeopardy.
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R. Kelly 'feeling positive' after new sex charges

An attorney for R&B singer R. Kelly said he was 'feeling positive' after entering a plea of not guilty to 11 new sex-related charges. (June 6)
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R. Kelly reporter Jim DeRogatis: "Every system of Chicago has failed dozens of young black women"

R. Kelly is due back in court Thursday on his most serious charges yet. He faces 11 new counts of sexual assault and abuse. The R&B star denies all charges. Nearly 20 years ago, music critic Jim..
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My First Record: Leon Bridges

Although he hasn’t seen it in years, Leon Bridges still has a soft spot for his first R&B album. (June 3)
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R. Kelly lawyer seeks copy of sex video to be used in sex-crimes case

R. Kelly and his lawyer were promised a copy of a video allegedly showing the R&B singer having sex with a teen girl, during hearing in Kelly's sex-crimes case.
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Judge Sides With Woman Whose Lawsuit Accuses R. Kelly of Sexual Abuse

After the R&B singer failed to answer the lawsuit, a judge ruled in his accuser’s favor and may soon decide how much money Mr. Kelly owes her.
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R. Kelly accuser breaks her silence after 16 years: "I'm not ashamed"

One of the anonymous accusers in the R&B singer's criminal case is sharing her story publicly for the first time
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R&B singer R. Kelly released from jail

R&B singer R Kelly has been released from a Chicago jail after a $161,000 child support payment was made on his behalf. (March 9)
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R. Kelly to be released from jail after $161,000 in child support paid

R&B singer R. Kelly is set to be released from a Chicago jail after someone paid $161,000 in back child support for him.
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Eye Opener: R. Kelly remains behind bars

The R&B singer who was arrested for failing to pay more than $161,000 in child support is set to get out of jail Saturday morning. Also "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett is indicted on 16 felony counts..
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Singer R. Kelly's girlfriends say parents are lying for money

Two women who say they are in a relationship with R&B singer R. Kelly rejected criminal allegations that the performer sexually assaulted teenage girls, and in a tearful interview broadcast on Thursday..
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R. Kelly's girlfriend says her dad urged her to "take sexual videos" with singer

Two women who live with the R&B singer say there is nothing inappropriate about their relationship with the 52-year-old
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R. Kelly heads back to jail over child support

A publicist for R&B singer R. Kelly says he was taken into custody Wednesday for failing to pay more than $160 thousand in child support. (March 6)
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R&B singer R. Kelly detained after child support hearing in Chicago

R&B singer R. Kelly was taken into custody on Wednesday after a court hearing in Chicago in which he was ordered to pay $161,663 in child support he owes, according to a Cook County sheriff's..
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R. Kelly denies sexual abuse allegations in explosive interview

The R&B singer is charged with sexually abusing four women, three of whom were underage at the time of the alleged events
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ShowBiz Minute: Clark Gable's grandson dies

Clark Gable III, grandson of acting great, dies in Dallas; R. Kelly insiders may have helped R&B star with sexual abuse; Billy Porter speaks on Oscar gown and social media hate. (Feb. 27)
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ShowBiz Minute: Gable, R Kelly, Porter

Clark Gable III, grandson of acting great, dies in Dallas; R. Kelly insiders may have helped R&B star with sexual abuse; Billy Porter speaks on Oscar gown and social media hate. (Feb. 27)
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R. Kelly out on bail, another video allegedly showing abuse of minor turned over

Attorney Michael Avenatti says new video allegedly showing R. Kelly sexually abusing a minor is now in the hands of prosecutors. Kelly was released from a Chicago jail on bail Monday. The R&B singer..
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R. Kelly freed on bond, leaves jail

R&B singer R. Kelly has been released from jail in Chicago, three days after being booked on charges alleging that he sexually abused four women, including three who were minors at the time. (Feb...
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R. Kelly accuser says singer is the one lying

A woman who says R. Kelly sexually abused her beginning when she was 17 years old blasted statements by the R&B singer's attorney that Kelly's accusers are lying. (Feb. 25)
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R. Kelly faces 10 counts of sexual abuse

R. Kelly, who is facing 10 counts of sexual abuse involving four alleged victims, is scheduled to appear in a Chicago court. The R&B singer remains in custody after surrendering to police on Friday. A..
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Judge sets $1 million bond for R. Kelly

The R&B singer turned himself in to Chicago police late Friday
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R. Kelly's bond set at $1 million by Chicago judge in sex abuse case

R&B star R. Kelly has turned himself into Chicago police
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Prosecutor details R. Kelly sex abuse charges

R. Kelly, the R&B star who has been trailed for decades by lurid rumors of sexual abuse was charged Friday with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving multiple victims. (Feb. 22)
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The timeline of Jussie Smollett’s reported attack investigation

"Empire" actor and R&B singer Jussie Smollett told Chicago police last month that two men physically attacked him and yelled racial and homophobic slurs. The AP details some key moments in the story...
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Grammy nominee H.E.R. on seeing her "vision come to life"

At 21 years old, the R&B singer-songwriter is up for five Grammy Awards including best new artist and album of the year
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R&B singer-songwriter H.E.R. on finding purpose and seeing her vision come to life

R&B sensation H.E.R. is nominated for five Grammys this year. Her stage name stands for "having everything revealed." With over 1.6 billion streams worldwide, her music resonates. Ahead of Sunday's..
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