Did You Miss It? Shaun King Breaks Silence After Rihanna ‘Diamond Ball’ Backlash

Published: Saturday 7th Sep 2019 by Rashad

While celebrated in some corners, journalist and civil rights activist Shaun King – despite having made a career of championing efforts on behalf of disenfranchised members of communities of color – has often found himself embroiled in controversy.  Most of the heat from spectators centers on what they say are questionable funding sources and the allocation of said funds upon receipt by King and his team.

Murmurs of his alleged unethical practices went into overdrive when it was reported the 39-year-old was set to  be among the year’s honorees at the Rihanna‘s annual Diamond Ball (as we reported here).  In response to the backlash and calls for cancellation, King – in an effort to clear his name – opted to publish a whopping 72-page report to detail where “every single penny [he’s] ever raised” went on behalf of a number of civil rights causes (namely Black Lives Matter).

Following the publication with an interview at “The Clay Cane Show” on SiriusXM Urban View earlier this week, Shaun also addressed any lingering issues the report may have caused or failed to address.  Hear it inside:

 

 

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  1. 🍇 Jasmine’s Grape Juice 🍇 🍷 September 8, 2019

    Good for him. I’m glad he is clearing up his name. These days people are too quick to cancel somebody black without knowing all the details. It’s like people enjoy being puppets. One of my good friends was riding with me in my new bentley this weekend and tile me to skip the track once R. Kelly and Jennifer Hudson’s Song came on in my playlist because R. Kelly is “cancelled.” I told her i will keep playing R. Kelly music when i feel like because that is my choice. When u commit a crime u will go to jail. Cancelling is stupid!

    • Haterz Gon‘ Hate September 8, 2019

      But unfortunately you naivety has caused you to forget that OJ Simpson and plenty of White folks who have blatantly committed crimes are walking around SCOTT FREE.

      I’m not saying Shaun has committed a crime since he has been forthcoming with the receipts 🧾 but not everyone who commits a crime goes to jail – you place too much faith in your justice system.

      • Jasmine September 8, 2019

        I am not naive at all. I just see myself as an ordinary person. I am not God nor am i the judge and jury of anyone so it is not my job to put anyone in jail. If you commit a crime you will pay for it either in jail or with money or some other through bad karma. It is not my job to enforce punishment. That is what the court system is for. Kelly is already in jail and i see that ad a good thing because when he gets his sentence the judge will give him a credit for some of the time already served.

    • Michelle Phillips September 8, 2019

      It’s unfortunate we live in a society where steadfast unity in our culture isn’t solid. As for the judicial system that’s a whole different level of disarray. On a lighter note, like you, in my car it’s my playlist

      • Jasmine September 8, 2019

        Amen.

    • Marie September 8, 2019

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  2. #TheTruth September 8, 2019

    I’d like to think it’s better to separate the art from the artist behind it.
    Maybe some of your favs have done horrible things that haven’t come out yet and it doesn’t prevent you from enjoying their music at the moment.
    But once you know… for some people it’s tricky.

    Listening to a R. Kelly song for example doesn’t mean you close your eyes on what happened and support him.
    It means you like the song, the music, the melody, the lyrics, the arrangements, the instrumental etc.

    And the whole cancelling party BS… this is why I don’t use any of those major social medias that are everything BUT social.

    Some people are way too obsessed about putting their life online and give themselves a certain style when their actual life is nothing like that.

  3. TRACI September 8, 2019

    I DIDN’T HEAR ABOUT SHAUN KING UNTIL WHAT HAPPENED IN VIRGINIA AND SINCE THEN I LOOKED HIM UP AND I THINK THE WORK HE’S DOING IS OUTSTANDING . IT SURE ISN’T HURTING I KNOW I’M FOLLOWING WHAT THIS YOUNG MAN STANDS FOR . I LIKE WHAT HE HAS TO SAY

  4. RacismIsDead September 8, 2019

    Shawn King is garbage.

  5. Johny5 September 8, 2019

    Shaun King is a white man who makes a living on the demise and public mutilation of black bodies. He is BLACKFISHING and it is an insult.

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