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First, she was a survivor: #MeToo’s Burke tells her story
September 15, 2021
People will think this is a book about, you know, going to the Golden Globes and meeting a bunch of celebrities, and a bunch of powerful men whose lives were impacted by #MeToo. I want to tell a different story. My story is ordinary and also extraordinary: It’s so many other little black girls’ stories, so many young women’s stories. We don’t pay attention to the nuances of what survival looks like or what sexual violence feels like and how it impacts our lives. So it just felt important. This is a story that’s been growing inside me for more than 40 years. It was time to give it a home outside of my body. ... read more »
Years in the making, R. Kelly sex abuse trial gets underway
August 19, 2021
... is a predator who lured girls, boys and young women with his fame and dominated them physically, sexually and psychologically, a prosecutor said Wednesday, while a defense lawyer warned jurors they’ll have to sift through lies from accusers with agendas to find the truth. ... read more »
R&B star R Kelly jurors summoned for sex trafficking trial
August 9, 2021
After several delays, the first phase of the sex trafficking trial of R&B hitmaker R. Kelly started Monday with jury selection in New York City. ... read more »
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Left Out of MeToo: New Initiative Focuses on Black Survivors
May 25, 2021
It's been more than three years since the (hash)MeToo movement launched a culture-shifting conversation about sexual violence. But Tarana Burke, the activist who gave the movement its name, says concrete change has been incremental at best _ and especially for Black survivors. ... read more »
Supervisor Holly Mitchell Takes Historical Seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
December 10, 2020
For years, the members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors were known as “The Five Kings,” a title used to describe the powerful all-male Board of Supervisors, which remained that way until 1982 when Yvonne Brathwaite-Burke shattered the glass ceiling and became the first woman and the first African American to be elected to the Board of Supervisors. ... read more »
“Voters Should Hold Candidates Accountable for Routinely Ignoring Sexual Assault Survivors”
February 27, 2020
Unfortunately, this has been a consistent area of neglect for one of the candidates for Los Angeles County District Attorney. ... read more »
Cannes Does ‘Right Thing’ in Appointing Spike Lee to Lead
January 17, 2020
Festival organizers hope Lee will “shake things up” among the world’s cinema elite at the festival which runs May 12-23. And anti-racism campaigners hope Lee’s appointment wakes up the French cultural world to persistent discrimination and the damaging stereotypes it perpetuates. ... read more »
Many Say #MeToo is Bigger than Harvey Weinstein, Trial Outcome Doesn’t Matter
January 16, 2020
The Weinstein case has been categorized by some as one of the most significant #MeToo cases in history. This is because of the severity of the allegations against him and the fact that those allegations came early on in the movement and attracted much attention. It’s also true that many of the allegations are fairly recent and involved some of Hollywood's best-known female stars. Conversely, many of the allegations in several similar cases are often decades old and/or occurred far outside of the statutes of limitations. ... read more »
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Counting the Countless: Census 2020 and the Impact of Food Insecurity
November 28, 2019
Census 2020 could be the most important and inclusive civic activity our country has ever experienced, covering every person in the United States of America.  Our constitution requires an accurate recording of the nation's population every ten years.  It is a centerpiece of our democracy that must honor its diversity and inclusivity in the process. ... read more »
In Defense of Fair Investigative Journalism
October 31, 2019
A recent Daily Beast article written by Sil Lai Abrams is the latest example that in the age of social media, factchecking and accuracy are no longer criteria to getting a story published. ... read more »
Supreme Court Tosses Civil Case Against Cosby
February 28, 2019
Kathrine McKee is a former L.A. morning talk show host who alleges Cosby raped her in 1974 in a Detroit hotel room while she was on tour with Sammy Davis Jr., her boyfriend at the time. ... read more »
Protests Planned at Screening of Michael Jackson Documentary
January 24, 2019
“…in the era of #MeToo and #TimesUp, America’s embrace of “I believe the victims” has intensified. However, Michael Jackson’s family and ultra-loyal fan base, are having none of it.” ... read more »
Professor seeks Assembly seat after making sex assault claim
January 2, 2019
A college professor who has accused the lieutenant governor of Virginia of sexual assault announced Tuesday she is running for an open California Assembly seat being sought by a dozen mostly Democratic candidates. ... read more »
Can a Woman’s Coalition Survive Petulant White Women?
November 29, 2018
Black, White, Latina, Asian, Native, Palestinian and other women have starkly different experiences. We are joined by our gender but separated by the status of the men in our race, and by the differential privilege that some women experience. ... read more »
NBC Cancels Megyn Kelly’s Show After Blackface Controversy
October 29, 2018
Megyn Kelly, the former Fox News Channel personality who made a rocky transition to softer news at NBC, was fired from her morning show Friday after triggering a furor by suggesting it was OK for White people to wear blackface at Halloween. ... read more »
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