Aishah Shahidah Simmons joined Wake Up With WURD guest host Dr. Aaron Smith to discuss the recent Bill Cosby verdict, her film NO! The Rape Documentary, her project #LoveWITHAccountability, and the imperative need to address and end racial and gender violence. WURD-900AM radio is Pennsylvania's only Black owned talk radio station.Read More
On April 29, 2018, The Last Sip creator and host Imara Jones and guests Scott Snyder (Council on Foreign Relations), Dr. Treva B. Lindsey (The Ohio State University), Dr. Carolyn West (University of Washington), and Aishah Shahidah Simmons (#LoveWITHAccountability) speak on the two Koreas meeting, Black women's role in the #BillCosby conviction, the impact of rape on Black cis & trans women, & the survivor healing journey. The Last Sip airs every Sunday morning on Free Speech TV.Read More
Black feminist scholar Dr. Treva B. Lindsey places the Bill Cosby rape conviction alongside a continuum of Black women's anti-rape activism in her April 26, 2018 article for Vox.com
[...] "it’s important to recognize that years of black women’s anti-rape and anti-sexual assault activism have helped produce our current robust national conversation about sexual violence. It may not be a full moment of reckoning just yet, but the tireless organizing of black women has made it possible for us to have more productive conversations about rape culture and the meaning of consent.Read More
On April 26, 2018, Colorlines Editorial Director Akiba Solomon asked six Black feminists -- Tarana Burke ((#MeToo Movement founder), Aishah Shahidah Simmons (“NO! The Rape Documentary"director and producer and #LoveWITHAccountability creator), Jamilah Lemieux(writer, cultural critic and vice president of programming for CASSIUSlife.com), Dr. Salamishah Tillet ((A Long Walk Home co-founder), Ayana Byrd (author and editor) and Monifa Bandele (MomsRising senior vice president and The Movement for Black Lives activist) -- to speak about the Cosby sexual assault conviction.Read More
The Westwood Baptist Church in Richmond, VA where Rev. Michael Lomax is the pastor will host a FREE all day conference on sexual violence, accountability and healing on Saturday, April 21, 2018. There will be a panel, a screening of NO! The Rape Documentary, and a keynote by #BlackFeminist sister/scholar/comrade/friend, co-founder of The Feminist Wire, and the first lady of Westwood Baptist Church, Dr. Tamura Lomax.
SPREAD THE WORD. This FREE intergenerational gathering is open to all. You can register here.
Join Aishah Shahidah Simmons for Take Back the Night at Dickinson College Wednesday April 11th at 6:30pm in Allison Great Hall.
I walk with e. nina jay’s poems the way that I’ve walked with the (Audre) Lorde’s prose and poetry. It took me a minute before I watched her on-screen performance of the poems because I knew I had to be ready.
“these beautiful rooms
these beautiful rooms
I am opening the doors
To these chaotic rooms
This house is no tomb
This life is not doomed
This black rose can bloom
I will make a home
Of this body of rooms”
e. nina jay, body of rooms
From the moment and I mean the absolute moment I hit play on my dvd player, e nina jay pulled me into the screen and would not let me leave the room until the last credit rolled up the screen.
Aishah Shahidah Simmons was one of several LGBTQI individuals who paid homage to the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice in Eboné Bell’s, “Astraea Foundation Investing, Advocating, Amplifying, and Propelling LGBTQI Voices” in Tagg Magazine
“Over 20-years ago the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice was the first foundation that supported an unknown unapologetically out, twenty-something Black feminist lesbian rape survivor making a feature length documentary film about sexual violence and healing in Black communities. Astrea’s institutional support legitimized both the filmmaker and the film, NO! The Rape Documentary, which became an internationally acclaimed award-winning film that has transformed the lives of many survivors across the United States and internationally. Fast forward twenty years later and my support for Astraea support is unwavering just as theirs has been for countless lesbians and queer people like me who had nowhere else to turn.” -- Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Producer/Director, NO! The Rape Documentary
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