R. Kelly has long been a vocal supporter the “Put The Guns Down” initiative in his hometown of Chicago.
But Kellz is additionally calling for all celebrities to join him in addressing the violence in the city now known as Chiraq.
“One man can’t do it by himself,” Kellz told WGCI. “I would hope that I have some type of influence out there on the younger and the older people. As far as violence is concerned period, put the guns down, put the knives down and, most of all, put the hating down. Love is going to get us through all of things we’re going through.
“What I’m saying should be backed up by a whole bunch of celebrities,” he continued. “Maybe WGCI need to bring a bunch of us in here… let’s walk through the hood. Let’s show these kids, we really care instead of flossing our chains and everything, saying, ‘Yeah man, let’s stop the violence, dog.’ We should all come together. We gon really set that example and walk through the hood and face these people.”
The “I Believe I Can Fly” singer previously stated in a Vibe interview he would pen song to address the violence in Chicago.
“Lately I’ve been trying to figure out what song can I write to heal the hood,” he told Vibe Magazine. “Eventually that song will come to me, and I believe when it does it’s going to help crack down on a lot of the violence going on in Chicago. It’s got to be done right; it’s got to come to me and it’s got to be something spiritual. It’s nothing I can force. The only thing I can do is pray about it like the next man or woman because it’s definitely turning into Chi Raq. [We want to] get it back to Chi-Town.”
Kelly would even like Barack Obama to get involved, suggesting the nation’s first black president to “make a call and show up and say some things.”
“If something like was to happen I think it would change and help a lot of things going on in Chicago,” he said.
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