Episode 3 of Intersectionality Matters with Kimberlé Crenshaw: Black Women & #MeToo: From Hip Hop to Hollywood

After hip hop icon Dr. Dre brutally assaulted trailblazing emcee and television personality Dee Barnes in 1991, his career continued to skyrocket while she was effectively blacklisted from the entertainment industry -- despite his own admission of wrongdoing. Nearly three decades later, Dre, who has allegedly assaulted several other women in addition to Dee, continues to enjoy a celebrated career in which his heinous misdeeds have become mere footnotes. The combination of racism and patriarchy is the condition of possibility that allows Beats by Dre to be well-known commodities while beatings by Dre remain largely overlooked.

As part of their fifth annual event series, Her Dream Deferred: A Week on the Status of Black Women, the African American Policy Forum, in partnership with the Hammer Museum, convened a panel called “Black Women and #MeToo”. Along with Dee, the panel included such leading lights as actor and Times Up WOC activist Rashida Jones, supermodel and Bill Cosby accuser Beverly Johnson, cultural critic Jamilah Lemieux, historian Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers and #MuteRKelly co-founder Kenyette Tisha Barnes. The panel was moderated by AAPF Executive Director and Intersectionality Matters host Kimberlé Crenshaw.

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The panel uplifted the unsung genealogy of the Me Too movement by acknowledging forerunners like Tarana Burke, who coined the hashtag #MeToo to raise awareness around the question of Black women’s vulnerability to sexual violence, and Anita Hill, who told the world her story about what a Supreme Court nominee had done to her as a young lawyer. Black feminists like bell hooks and Alice Walker were recognized also for laying bare the realities of gender-based violence that impacts Black women.

Tune into this profound and pathbreaking episode of Intersectionality Mattersfor a thorough post-mortem on the powerful insights shared on the panel, as well as a look into what the movement’s path forward might look like.

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(L to R) Dee Barnes, Rashida Jones, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Jamilah Lemieux, Stephanie Jones-Rogers, Kenyette Barnes, Beverly Johnson at the "Black Women and the #MeToo Movement" panel at the Hammer Museum, 3/26/19

(L to R) Dee Barnes, Rashida Jones, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Jamilah Lemieux, Stephanie Jones-Rogers, Kenyette Barnes, Beverly Johnson at the "Black Women and the #MeToo Movement" panel at the Hammer Museum, 3/26/19

Join AAPF for #DenimDay

The African American Policy Forum invites you to stand alongside us in solidarity with survivors of sexual violence tomorrow, April 24, by wearing denim in protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual harassment, assault and rape.  These attitudes have the effect of blaming victims of sexual assault for what they were wearing, what they may or may not have imbibed, or their purported body language, as opposed to combating the culture that enables perpetrators to commit these acts of violence.  For over 20 years, Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  Tweet at us with pictures of you and your community wearing jeans as a visible means of dissent against the misconceptions that surround sexual violence.

The consequences of these misconceptions are particularly acute for Black women and girls. Here are four startling statistics that underscore the urgency of calling attention to this critically important movement:

  • For every Black woman that reports her rape, at least 15 Black women do not report.

  • Approximately 60% of Black girls experience sexual abuse by age 18.

  • According to a 2014 study, about 22% of Black women reported being raped and 41% experienced other forms of sexual violence.

  • 16.5% of Black women in a high school sample and 36% in a college sample reported experiencing rape.

Tomorrow, let your fashion statement double as a social statement, and share your activism with AAPF on social media. Learn more about #DenimDay and its origins here.

Announcing #HerDreamDeferred 2019!

Join Us For the 5th Annual
Her Dream Deferred 2019!

A Week on the Status of Black Women

Visit us at aapf.org to learn more!

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We are thrilled to announce the schedule for the fifth annual 
Her Dream Deferred: A Week on the Status of Black Women 
taking place in Los Angeles & virtually from March 24-29, 2019
 

Since 2015, AAPF and other leading racial & gender justice
organizations have joined together to honor Women's History
Month and the United Nation’s International Decade for People
of African Descent with a weeklong series of March events focused
on elevating the crisis facing Black womenand other women
of color domestically and across the globe. 


Follow us all week long with:
#HerDreamDeferred and #SayHerName

Click Here For More Information And To Register

#HerDreamDeferred 2019 Events:

Black Feminist Homegoing: What Aretha Means to Me
Followed by screening of "Amazing Grace" & Talk Back
(Discussions, Performance, Film Screening)

Sunday, March 24, 3PM | UCLA
Sponsored by UCLA African American Studies

Aretha's Amazing Grace: From Watts to Detroit
(Panels, Reception)
Monday, March 25, 10AM-5PM | UCLA
Sponsored by UCLA African American Studies
Click here to RSVP

Black Women and the #MeToo Movement (Panel)
Tuesday, March 26, 7:30PM | Hammer Museum*
Co-sponsored by Hammer Museum
Click here to learn more about ticketing

Harriet's Political Will: Black Women's Electoral Strength
in an Era of Fractured Politics (Panel, Performance)

Wednesday, March 27, 7:30PM | Hammer Museum*
Co-sponsored by Hammer Museum
Click here to learn more about ticketing

Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland
 (Film Screening)

Thursday, March 28, 5PM | Hammer Museum*
Co-sponsored by Hammer Museum
Click here to learn more about ticketing

#SayHerName: The Lives that Should've Been (Original Play)
Thursday, March 28, 7:30PM | Hammer Museum*
Co-sponsored by Hammer Museum
Click here to learn more about ticketing

Work Supports to Reduce Maternal Mortality (Webinar)
Friday, March 29, 12PM PST | Virtual
In partnership with the Institute for Women's Policy Research


*Please note that admission to all Hammer Museum events
are first come first served.

Click Here To Sign Up And Volunteer With Us!

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