Tag: me too movement

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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Understanding the Female Psyche in Light of the “Me Too” Movement

With the Me Too movement underway in the past year women from all walks of life, renowned or not, have been coming forward to share vulnerable experiences of sexual assault and misconduct. Women have been speaking out against the alleged misconduct of actors, politicians, movie moguls, and Supreme Court justices. Women have been speaking out on […]

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Why the Democratic Party Hasn’t Canceled Keith Ellison—For Now

Photo: Jacquelyn Martin (AP Photo) Less than a month after Al Franken was accused of groping a woman, the U.S. senator from Minnesota resigned from his seat under pressure from his Democratic colleagues. Two months have passed since Rep. Keith Ellison, also a Democrat from Minnesota, was accused of assaulting a woman. He is still […]

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Not Like This: Melania Trump Tries to Middle Ground #MeToo (and Frankly, It’s Gross)

Melania Trump participates in a Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention summit on Aug. 20, 2018 in Rockville, Maryland.Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images) You know, there are times I actually feel sorry for Melania Trump. (Sorry, brain freeze.) But seriously, what must it feel like to go from a station in life where Vogue was producing […]

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‘Your Sacrifice Was Not in Vain’: Tarana Burke, Tracee Ellis Ross and More Pen ‘Love Letter’ to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on Sept. 27, 2018 in Washington, DC.Photo: Gabriella Demczuk-Pool (Getty Images) On Wednesday, October 10, some of the most visible female activists of our generation joined forces to give their thanks, support and love to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford after her September […]

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White Woman #101: Believe It or Not, Rose McGowan Is a Member of #MeToo, Not Its Messiah

Rose McGowan attends the GQ Men of the Year awards on Sept. 5, 2018 in London, England.Photo: Stuart C. Wilson (Getty Images) Hell hath no fury like Rose McGowan when she’s not the center of attention. That is the only conclusion this writer could draw after hearing the actress-turned-activist’s recent remarks on the #MeToo and […]

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‘There Is No Model Survivor’: Tarana Burke Warns Against the Derailing of #MeToo

Tarana Burke speaks onstage during the 2018 Essence Festival presented by Coca-Cola on July 6, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.Photo: Paras Griffin (Getty Images for Essence) Updated: August 21 at 2:04 p.m. EDT: An earlier version of this article mistakenly identified Rose McGowan as Rose Byrne. The typo has since been corrected. As the #MeToo […]

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‘There Is No Model Survivor’: Tarana Burke Warns Against the Derailing of #MeToo [Corrected]

Tarana Burke speaks onstage during the 2018 Essence Festival presented by Coca-Cola on July 6, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.Photo: Paras Griffin (Getty Images for Essence) Correction: August 21 at 2:04 p.m. EDT: An earlier version of this article mistakenly identified Rose McGowan as Rose Byrne. Earlier: As the #MeToo movement has gained steam, so […]

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‘For the Survivors’: Simone Biles’ Winning Leotard Was a Message to Victims of Sexual Abuse

Simone Biles on day four of the U.S. Gymnastics Championships 2018 on August 19, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.Photo: Tim Bradbury (Getty Images) When Simone Biles stepped onto the podium after winning her fifth U.S. women’s gymnastics title Sunday, she was sharing her win with fellow survivors of sexual abuse. Wearing a leotard she designed herself, […]

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