Tag: tarana burke

Why Do We Silence Black Girls and Women Who are Survivors of Sexual Violence? 

Today, conversations about sexual violence and harassment towards women have infiltrated popular culture, the news and beyond. But despite the prevalence of sexual violence towards black girls and women, we remain almost invisible in these conversations. You see, the legacy of sexual violence towards black women, and our subsequent silencing runs deep. In her seminal […]

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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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Only 2 Hours Into Surviving R. Kelly, the Conclusion is Simple: Black Girls Deserve Better  

R. Kelly performs in concert at Barclays Center on September 25, 2015.Photo: Mike Pont (Getty Images) I’m tired. We’re tired. On the evening of January 3, 2019, I bundled up my anxiety and turned to Lifetime to watch what I knew would be one of the most noteworthy moments of media history. Executive produced by […]

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Surviving R. Kelly Screening Evacuated Following Phoned in Gun Threat 

Photo: Daniel Boczarski (Getty Images) Guests gathered at NeueHouse Madison Square in New York Tuesday night for a screening of the upcoming Lifetime docuseries Surviving R. Kelly were evacuated when a gun threat against the venue was reportedly phoned in. #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, writer and cultural critic Jamilah Lemieux, journalist Kierna Mayo, author and […]

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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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Is the #MeToo Movement Ignoring Poor Black Women and Girls? Founder Tarana Burke Seems to Think So

Photo: Charles Sykes (ASSOCIATED PRESS) While the emergence of the #MeToo movement has lead to a rash of indictments and criminal complaints, its founder Tarana Burke is concerned that women of color have become an afterthought. According to USA Today, Burke had plenty to get off her chest during her keynote address at the Facing […]

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The Root 100 Gala Takes the Cake, Yet Again, as the Best and Blackest Night of the Year

“We had a lot of competition in the beginning, a lot of imitators but they’ve fallen away. And The Root’s still here.” – Henry Louis Gates Jr., The Root Co-founder Every Root 100 gala is special, but this year was particularly momentous. Along with celebrating our 100 honorees, The Root also celebrated its 10th anniversary. […]

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The 2018 Root 100 Gala Celebrates Another Year of Black Excellence!

The Root 100 2016 honorees, including (far left) VSB’s Damon Young , (center, l-r) Symone Sanders, Luvvie Ajayi and Bozoma Saint John.Image: Derrick Davis We celebrate black excellence every day here at The Root, but there’s one event where we celebrate the most influential black Americans of the year: our annual Root 100 gala. 2018’s […]

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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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6 Women, Endless Inspiration: Black Girls Rock! 2018 Reminds Us of Our Infinite Potential

(L-R) Ledisi, Naomi Campbell, Lena Waithe, Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah, Beverly Bond, Tarana Burke and Jazmine Sullivan onstage during the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Show at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.Photo: Astrid Stawiarz (Getty Images for BET) “Tonight’s honorees represent our radiance and our royalty … Thank you all for […]

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When Black Women Rock the Vote

Let’s be clear, the black vote is crucial in each and every election. And as history has shown, when it comes time to vote, black women show up and show out. “The black woman’s voice is in fact the black vote,” said political commentator, Symone Sanders. “I know the political apparatus or many folks in […]

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Janet, Lena, Latifah and More: Black Girls Rock! Returns to the Red Carpet

Honoree Naomi Campbell speaks onstage during the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Show at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey. Creator and Executive Producer of Black Girls Rock! Beverly Bond attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey. Honoree Lena Waithe attends the […]

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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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