Tag: me too movement

Tarana Burke’s #MeTooHBCU Tour Is Creating a Safe Space for Students to Speak Out

Activist and Me Too founder Tarana Burke sits in the center of the safe circle gathering of campus activists at the Woodruff Library at the Atlanta University Center in Atlanta on April 9.Photo: Courtesy of Me Too It’s no newsflash to us that the broader #MeToo movement has looked very different for black women. National […]

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Lena Waithe Discusses the Difficulty of Losing Black Heroes in the #MeToo Era

With Bill Cosby going to prison for sexual assault in September, followed by documentaries on R. Kelly and Michael Jackson’s alleged criminal sexual behavior, the #MeToo movement hit the black community. It’s led to countless conversations around the protection of abusive black men and how to contend with legacies that helped define black culture when […]

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#SurvivingCardiB? Predation Is a Genderless Crime, but Cardi B Drugging and Robbing Men Is Not Rape

Cardi B performs at RodeoHouston on March 1, 2019 in Houston, Texas. – The rodeo said that the rapper set an all-time attendance record.Photo: Suzanne Cordeiro (AFP/Getty Images) “Let me tell you something,” Cardi B said during an Instagram Live post on Sunday, in which she announced plans to write a book (h/t Complex). “I […]

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The ‘Me Too.’ Movement Makes Moves, Launching an HBCU Tour This Spring

Tarana Burke speaks onstage during The 2019 MAKERS Conference at Monarch Beach Resort on February 8, 2019 in Dana Point, California.Photo: Vivien Killilea (Getty Images for MAKERS) As the discussion around sexual violence continues and we collectively consider how best to combat it at its roots, education is key—as is accountability. With that in mind, […]

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How Did We Get Here, Terry Crews?

Terry Crews attends NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 14 Kick-Off on March 11, 2019 in Pasadena, California. Photo: Amy Sussman (Getty Images) Remember when Tyra Banks spoke for America and bellowed a “We were all rooting for you!” cry to America’s Next Top Model contestant Tiffany? Today, let’s direct that energy to one Mr. Terry […]

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Internationally Known: On International Women’s Day, Watch Tarana Burke and Ava DuVernay Accept VH1 Trailblazer Honors 

Academy Award-Nominated Director and WOV Honoree, Ava DuVernay, (L) poses with Founder of the #MeToo Movement and Founder and Director of Just Be Inc., Tarana Burke, at the Ms. Foundation 30th Annual Gloria Awards at Capitale on May 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for The Foundation for Women They’re […]

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As Sexual Assault Allegations Hit Home, Lisa Borders Resigns Leadership of Time’s Up

President & CEO of TIME’S UP Lisa Borders attends The 2019 MAKERS Conference on February 7, 2019 in Dana Point, California.Photo: Rachel Murray (Getty Images for MAKERS) A cruel irony has rocked the leadership of one of the primary organizations combating inequality and sexual misconduct. Following an announcement by Time’s Up President and CEO Lisa […]

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The Ongoing Assault Against Jasmine Eiland Proves How Hard Society Goes in Hating Black Women 

Photo: iStock (Editor’s note: The following article includes a description of a sexual assault and may be triggering to some. Please safeguard yourself accordingly.) On January 20, a woman was sexually violated—and at least 800,000 eyes watched. Nearly as many were callous in sharing the grim details of her assault, captured for all to see […]

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Past, Present & Purpose: Tarana Burke Is Bringing the Power of Empathy to the 2019 MAKERS Conference

MAKERS/YouTube “I practiced deeply listening to little black girls when they told me the truth about their lives,” Tarana Burke says in a short video teasing her appearance at the 2019 MAKERS conference. “The idea that somebody who you look up to believes you—that’s a very small thing to ask.” Burke has made validating the […]

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‘We Hear You. We See You. We Believe You’: Terry Crews and More Help #MeToo Center Survivors in a New PSA Campaign

(L-R) Founder of the Me Too movement Tarana Burke, and actors Terry Crews and Kendrick Sampson speak on the HBO Me Too Panel at Sundance 2019 at Tupelo on January 26, 2019 in Park City, Utah.Photo: Michael Loccisano (Getty Images for HBO) In the recent rush to bring sexual predators to justice, the survivors of […]

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In Order to End Toxic Masculinity Once and for All, Terry Crews Offers to Slap the Shit Out of D.L. Hughley

Screenshot: Allan Amato For all this tremendous insight and intellect, comedian D.L. Hughley has glaring blind spots when it comes to homophobia and masculinity. And before you say “The fuck? He has tremendous what?” There’s the time he checked his boy Steve Harvey for co-signing Melania’s baby daddy: Having a comedian and a rapper and […]

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#MuteChrisBrown Too, Because He’s Clearly Committed to Being Trash

Chris Brown performs onstage during ‘We Can Survive, A Radio.com Event’ on October 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.Photo: Kevin Winter (Getty Images for Radio.com) In recent weeks, there’s been a lot of renewed talk about toxic masculinity, particularly amongst viewers of Surviving R. Kelly and the legions debating the necessity of Gillette’s controversial ad […]

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#MuteRKelly: NYC Rally Planned to Pressure RCA to Drop ‘The Pied Piper of R&B’ [Updated]

Demonstrators gather near the studio of singer R. Kelly to call for a boycott of his music after allegations of sexual abuse against young girls were raised on the highly-rated Lifetime mini-series ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ on January 09, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Prosecutors in Illinois and Georgia have opened investigations into allegations made against the […]

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#MuteRKelly: NYC Rally Planned to Pressure RCA to Drop ‘The Pied Piper of R&B’

Demonstrators gather near the studio of singer R. Kelly to call for a boycott of his music after allegations of sexual abuse against young girls were raised on the highly-rated Lifetime mini-series ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ on January 09, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Prosecutors in Illinois and Georgia have opened investigations into allegations made against the […]

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‘We’re Dancing to These Women’s Pain’: Female Activists Escalate Protests Against R. Kelly—and Call Out RCA and Sony

Demonstrators gather near the studio of singer R. Kelly to call for a boycott of his music after allegations of sexual abuse against young girls were raised on the highly-rated Lifetime mini-series ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ on January 9, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Prosecutors in Illinois and Georgia have opened investigations into allegations made against the […]

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Top Dallas R&B Radio Stations Saw Something Wrong With R. Kelly’s Bump N’ Grind—and Banned His Music 

Photo: Daniel Boczarski (Getty Images) Almost a week after Lifetime’s docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly, we’ve been issued the remix to conviction with Georgia’s Fulton County District Attorney’s Office opening up an investigation against the “Pied Piper of R&B” for his years of allegedly abusing black women and girls. And today, two prominent Dallas radio stations, […]

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After Surviving R. Kelly, What Now? How About Trusting Survivors and Dismantling Systemic Misogynoir?

Survivor Jerhonda Pace, Surviving R. KellyScreenshot: Lifetime (YouTube) It was three nights of television that rocked the black community—surprising since they detailed approximately three decades of well-known allegations of predation, exploitation and abuse by R&B artist R. Kelly. But if Lifetime’s record-breaking documentary Surviving R. Kelly finally put a human face onto the collective trauma […]

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Lena Dunham, Your Support Doesn’t Mean My Survival

Well, that only took a year. At The Hollywood Reporter’s 2018 Women in Entertainment Power 100 luncheon, the relentlessly problematic Lena Dunham made yet another in a long series of public apologies for her behavior; this time to actress Aurora Perrineau. As you may or may not recall, as the #MeToo movement gathered steam in […]

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‘I Am Numb’: Tarana Burke Gets Real About the Cost of Leading—and Living—#MeToo

Screenshot: TED (YouTube) “This movement is constantly being called a ‘watershed moment’ or even a reckoning,” Tarana Burke told the audience at TED Women 2018. “But I wake up some days feeling like all evidence points to the contrary. … It’s hard not to feel numb.” It was an unexpected admission from the founder of the […]

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