Apparently, R Kelly had called the CBC wives and begged them to help resuscitate his flagging career. They did him - and by the looks of it, themselves - a favor by throwing him a bone.
Of course, not everyone was so enthused about hiring an alleged child rapist to play at an event dedicated to celebrating positive strides in the black community. "The CBC wives don't need to lend their credibility to a pedophile," demanded one angry audience member.
Rightly so. The CBC weekend is supposed to be about highlighting progress in the black community. Does R Kelly really fit the bill? Has he presented a positive image of a person of color? Has his behavior shed a positive light on black American culture? Are these the qualities best embodied by our brothers and sisters? Of course not. And therein lies the real problem. By hiring R Kelly for the CBC weekend, the wives nourished one of the most damaging stereotypes about black leadership - that we're so busy moralizing about brotherhood, that we cannot find fault with our own - even the child rapists among us.
Thankfully, the leadership doesn't always speak for the people. Half the attendees at the CBC weekend concert walked out the moment R Kelly came on stage. That unfortunate silence you hear is no one talking about it.