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Artscape headliner Brian McKnight's X-rated turn stirs controversy

Artscape headliner Brian McKnight's X-rated turn stirs controversy

For the past seven years, Darnella Parks and her entire family — from toddler nieces to her 84-year-old grandmother — have attended Artscape. They come for the crafts, the food and, most of all, the live entertainment.

But this year, the 33-year-old Towson resident and her family are skipping Friday's opening night — not because of the heat or the crowds, but because of the music.

Brian McKnight, the 16-time Grammy nominee who for years built a reputation as a clean-cut, R&B ladies' man, is scheduled to take Artscape's main stage Friday night. But lately he's been making headlines for an out-of-character, sexually explicit song, "If Ur Ready to...