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Kim L. Dulaney Announces Release of “This and That: An Open Letter to Robert Kelly” – A Candid Reflection on Celebrity Culture and Its Impact

Kim L. Dulaney Announces Release of "This and That: An Open Letter to Robert Kelly" - A Candid Reflection on Celebrity Culture and Its Impact
The author of Star Struck deep dives into the complexities of abuse, culture, and redemption.

Kim L. Dulaney, acclaimed author and cultural commentator, is set to release her latest book, "This and That: An Open Letter to Robert Kelly." Scheduled to launch during the week of R. Kelly's birthday (January 8), the book offers a critical exploration of abuse within the context of celebrity culture, law, religion, and community.

In the follow-up to her 2004 release, "Star Struck: An American Epidemic," Dulaney once again invites readers into a thought-provoking narrative that challenges societal norms and encourages introspection. The book, presented as a book-length open letter to R. Kelly, doesn't merely dissect the high-profile case but delves into the broader cultural elements contributing to such incidents.

"I was introduced to the public persona of R. Kelly through the trial and the media, and I intentionally stayed out of the conversation so people could have their say. Now that the trial is over and R. Kelly is incarcerated, it would be a travesty for people to believe the Boogieman is captured and women are now safe. It would be a miscarriage of justice for us not to examine the culture and our individual roles that make an R Kelly possible," says Dulaney.

"This and That" is more than just a literary work; it's a manifesto for change. The book employs the concept of Sankofa, urging readers to reflect on the past to shape a safer and more equitable future. The narrative takes readers on a journey through the intricate labyrinth of celebrity culture, unveiling layers of complexity surrounding issues like abuse, gender equity, religion, and mental health.

The book's unique approach is shaped by Dulaney's 30+ years of friendship with R. Kelly. It combines personal experiences with a critical analysis informed by her expertise in African American Studies, trauma, creative production, identity construction, and education. Dulaney's writing goes beyond a cautionary tale; it's a call to action, challenging readers to confront the cultural elements that enable abuse.

"This and That: An Open Letter to Robert Kelly" is a continuation of Dulaney's literary journey and a significant contribution to the ongoing discourse on accountability. It stands as a testament to her multifaceted career, which includes groundbreaking achievements across multiple industries, and storytelling through various mediums.

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About Kim L. Dulaney:

Dr. Kim L. Dulaney, based in Chicago, has shattered glass ceilings in the environmental engineering field, becoming the youngest Pollution Control Officer and one of the first three African Americans to hold the position. As a Fine Arts Broker, she curated collections for NBA All-Stars and celebrated figures like R. Kelly. Dulaney is a prolific author, educator, curator, and film contributor, and is currently working on a documentary showcasing her commitment to telling diverse stories.

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