By ELIAS LEIGHT
Members of Color of Change, UltraViolet, Girls for Gender Equity and Black Women’s Blueprint brought the #MuteRKelly movement to the singer’s label
Demonstrators chant during an R. Kelly protest outside Sony headquarters in New York.
As the morning rush gained momentum at a Gregorys Coffee outlet in midtown Manhattan on Wednesday, a small group of activists and organizers gathered to prepare for the day’s work.
They discussed strategy, stacked flyers and assembled cardboard boxes. On each box, they taped a sign that read, “RCA Records: Drop sexual predator R. Kelly.”
Before 9 a.m., they trooped out to join a small, but enthusiastic, group of protesters — around 80 people said they planned to attend the event on Facebook — at the nearby offices of Sony Music Entertainment, parent company of Kelly’s longtime record label RCA.
The boxes were for a petition bearing close to 220,000 signatures that urged RCA to drop Kelly. The protesters also planned to present RCA with a “Record Label of Shame” award.