Hannabach, Cathy, "Episode 14: Aishah Shahidah Simmons, filmmaker and director of NO! The Rape Documentary" Imagine Otherwise Podcast series, July 13, 2016,

Hutchinson, Sikivu, “Black Rage, Black Silence, and Sexual Violence,” HUFFPOST Black Voices, April 28, 2016,

Admin., “TFW’s Aishah Shahidah Simmons Receives Two-Year Just Beginnings Collaborative Fellowship,” in The Feminist WireMay 24, 2016,

Simmons, Aishah Shahidah, “AfroLezfemcentric Perspectives on Coloring Gender and Queering Race,” in Tikkun, February 11, 2016,

Murphy, Colleen, “Another Challenge on Campus Sexual Assault: Getting Minority Students to Report It, The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 18, 2015,

Admin., “TFW’s Heidi R. Lewis & Aishah Shahidah Simmons to Visit Berlin,” in The Feminist Wire, May 26, 2015,

Chao, Andrew, “Take Back the Night Event Aims to Empower Assault Survivors,” UCSD Guardian, April 26, 2015,

Neal, Mark Anthony, In Case We Are Confused About What Rape Is… NewBlackMan (In Exile), originally published on May 7, 2010, it was republished in November 2014 during the wake of the Cosby allegations

Renee, Stephanie, “Challenging and Breaking Silence in Black Community Around Cosby Rape Allegations, Mid-Morning Mojo, 900AM-WURD, November 19, 2014,

Renee, Stephanie, “Responding to Cee Lo Green verdict and messaging about Yes, No and Consent,” Mid-Morning Mojo, 900AM-WURD, September 5, 2014,

Renee, Stephanie, “Why We Can’t Wait: Women of Color Urge Inclusion in ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ with Kristie Dotson,” Mid-Morning Mojo, 900AM-WURD, June27, 2014,

Brothers Writing to Live, “When There Isn’t a Case for Debate: Black Men Listening to Our Sisters,” NewBlackMan (In Exile), June 2, 2014,

Allen, Phil, “#BringBackOurGirls: Challenging Lack of Media Coverage on the 236 Nigerian Girls Who were Kidnapped in Northeastern Nigeria,” The Morning Show, 900AM-WURD, May 2, 2014,

Admin, “TFW’s Aishah Shahidah Simmons participated in Philly Rally to #BringBackOurGirls, The Feminist Wire, May 11, 2014

Leff, Lisa, “Trauma Warnings Move from internet to Ivory Tower,” Associated Press, April 26, 2014 (This article was published in multiple newspapers/news sites across the United States and internationally.)

Milks, Megan, “Trigger Warnings: A Roundtable With CA Conrad, Jos A. Charles, Andrea Lawlor, Sarsah Schulman, Aishah Shahidah Simmons and Anna Joy Springer, Part One: In The Creative Writing Classroom,” Entropy, April 14, 2014,

Doon, CJ, “Award-winning Documentary Filmmaker Looks to Empower Survivors of Rape,”, March 5, 2014,

Williams, Bria, “Rape and incest survivor shares documentary ‘NO!’ and personal experiences” The Daily Collegian, March 6, 2014,

Gilmore, Stephanie, “Continuing the Celebration: Feminist Studies Celebrates Audre Lorde,” The Feminist Wire, March 1, 2014,

Admin, “TFW’s Sikivu Hutchinson and Aishah Shahidah Simmons Partner to Address Sexual Violence with Youth in South Los Angeles,” The Feminist Wire,  March 10, 2014,

Admin, “Film/Video + Written/Spoken Word = Social Change: Public invited to two events by visiting professor, editor, and filmmaker Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Scripps College News, February 2014,

Admin, “TFW at Black Women’s Blueprint’s Mother Tongue Monologues,” The Feminist Wire, February 10, 2014,

Morgan, Robin, “Women’s Media Center Live With Robin Morgan,” Women’s Media Center, (, October 20, 2013

Murtha, Tara, “SlutWalk Philly Changes Protest Name to “A March To End Rape Culture,” RH Reality Check, (, September 26, 2013

Hobson, Janell, “ Beyonce’s Fierce Feminism,” Ms. Magazine, Spring 2013

Stratford, Sarah-Jane, “Conversation With Documentarian Aishah Shahidah Simmons,” Paradigm Shift, ( April 24, 2013

Fresh, Morgen, “Empowering Survivors: Documentary N[O]! Screens at Multicultural Center, Portland State Vanguard, ( April 18, 2013

Rajeh, Nawal, “Saying NO! Is Not a Betrayal,” Peace X Peace, (, January 24, 2013

Admin, “TFW: The Year In Review,” The Feminist Wire ( January 1, 2013

Jean-Charles, Regine, “‘I Think I Was Rape’: Black Feminist Readings of Affect and Incest in Precious,” Black Camera, Volume 4, Number 1, Winter 2012 (The New Series), pgs 139-160, Winter 2012

Story, Kaila (and Jaison Gardner), “Kasandra Perkins & Jovan Belcher; Sexual Assault in Communities of Color,” Strange Fruit: Musings on Politics, Pop Culture, and Black Gay Life, (, December 8, 2012

Gumbs, Alexis Pauline, “ We Have Always Known: Embodying Community Accountability,” The Feminist Wire (, September 18, 2012

Ebrahimi, Sara Zia, “‘Who Will Revere Us?’: Local Filmmaker Reflects On Gender Based Violence Against Black Women and Girls,” Greater Philadelphia Community Cinema, ( September 4, 2012

Solomon, Akiba, “An Open Letter to Todd Akin from Women of Color Activists,” ColorLines (, August 24, 2012

Alta-Devki, L’Erin, “What Have You Been Named? An Interview with Aishah Shahidah Simmons,” SisterFire, (, August 23, 2012

Bierria, Alisa, “Catalyzing Possibility: The NO! Film Documentary as Community Accountability Technology,” (an interview with Theryn Kigvamasud’Vashti and Aishah Shahidah Simmons in Community Accountability: Emerging Movements to Transform Violence), a special issue of Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict & World Order, Ana Clarissa Rojas Durazo, Alisa Bierria, and Mimi Kim, eds. (Vol 37, No. 4, 2011-2012) pgs 60 -75 (

Editors,Women Filmmakers Forum: Aishah Shahidah Simmons,” The Feminist Wire (, May 10, 2012

Moore, Darnell L., “TFW Forum on Women Filmmakers,” The Feminist Wire (, May 9, 2012

Williams, Jennifer,Remembering the L.A. Riots, Remembering Latasha Harlins,” Ms. Magazine Blog (, May 7, 2012

Axtell, Brooke, “Black Women, Sexual Assault, and the Art of Resistance,” (, April 25, 2012
Neal, Mark Anthony, “A Daughter and Father Address Violence Against Women (an interview with Aishah Shahidah Simmons
and Michael Simmons),” Left of Black (, April 2, 2012

Plaid, Andrea, “Very Smart Brothas’ Fauxpology, Too $hort’s ‘Advice,’ And Muffling About Intraracial Sexual Violence,” Racialicious (, February 22, 2012

Tillet, Salamishah, “20 Years of Black Lesbian Cinema,” (, January 2, 2012

Leonard, David, J., “The Year in “Race Matters,” NewBlackMan (In Exile), (December 31, 2014),

Gilmore, Stephanie, “Am I Troy Davis? A Slut?,” Ms. Magazine Blog, (, October 11, 2011

Solomon, Akiba, “More Thoughts on SlutWalk: No Attention is Better Than Bad Attention,” ColorLines, (, October 6, 2011

Peterson, Latoya, “Which Women Are What Now? SlutWalk NYC and Failures in Solidarity,” Racialicious (, October 5, 2011

Schorn, Joey, “Badass Activist Friday Presents: Aishah Shahidah Simmons,” where is your line? (, September 30, 2011

Murtha, Tara, “SlutWalk Rally in Center City Seeks End to Culture of Victim-Blaming,” Philadelphia Weekly (, August, 6, 2011

Crimmins, Peter, “‘SlutWalk’ protest set for Saturday in Philadelphia,” WHYY NewsWorks (, August 5, 2011

Solomon, Akiba, “Is the SlutWalk Movement Relevant For a Black Feminist?,” ColorLines (, August 5, 2011

Moss-Coane, Marti,“‘Slut Walk’: Feminists fight back against rape, an interview with Aishah Shahidah Simmons and Rebecca Traister,” (, Radio Times, August 4, 2011

Williams, Jennifer, “Rape Is Still Rape, And No Still Means NO!,” Ms. Magazine Blog, (, May 19, 2011

Renee, Shawna, “Rihanna’s - Man Down, an interview with Aishah Shahidah Simmons,” Cocoa Mode, (, June 9, 2011

Privot, Ben, “Aishah Shahidah Simmons on Consent,” The Consensual Project (, May 24, 2011

Morgan, Robin, “NO! A Film of Sexual Politics – and Art,” Guest Curator, DOXA Documentary Film Festival (

Stasio, Frank, “Reading Language of Rape Culture, an interview with Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Mark Anthony Neal, Melissa Harris-Perry, Mary R. Block,” State of Things, on WUNC Public Radio, April 6, 2011

Terrell, Kelle, “Ain’t I A Victim,” The (,1), March 18, 2011

Greenberg, Benjamin, “Recy Taylor May Finally See Alabama Acknowledge Her 1944 Rape,”

(, March 16, 2011

Goldschmidt, Sandrine, “Rien, jamais, ne justifie le viol !,” A dire d’elles, Liberté, égalite, féminisme, juliet 3, 2010,

Ulen, Eisa, “Building Up, Not Beating Down: Protecting Our Girls From Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault” (Special Report: State of Our Girls), Heart and Soul Magazine, April/May 2010, pgs 61-64

Tillet, Salamishah, “Black Girls Are Still Enslaved,” The (,1), April 10, 2010

Asim, Jabari, “Brain Trust: Five thinkers worthy of recognition: Melissa Harris-Lacewell (Perry), R. Dwayne Betts, Paul Butler, Danielle S. Allen, and Aishah Shahidah Simmons,” The Crisis Magazine (one of the oldest Black periodicals in America), Fall 2009, pgs 16-21 (

Tillet, Salamishah, “The Color Precious,” The (, November 12, 2009

X, Campbell, “Interview With NO! director Aishah Shahidah Simmons of AfroLez Productions,”  Blackman Vision Film Production blog March 2009 (

Nopper, Tamara K., “On Chris Brown, Rihanna, women as suspect, & teenage domestic violence,” Bandung 1955 (, February 14, 2009

Powell, Kevin, “Rihanna/Chris Brown: Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (The Remix),” The Huffington Post (, February 12, 2009

Jackson, Jr., John L., “Spike Lee on Spike Lee,” The Chronicle Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education (, December 6, 2008 “Les Femmes en résistance font leur festival à Arcueil,” Paris, September 24, 2008

Kay, Sheryl, “Out in Front: Filmmaker Addresses Rape,” Curve Magazine, June 2008, p. 14

Shields, Sonya, “Aishah Shahidah Simmons: Independent Documentary Filmmaker,” Passion Life Magazine, (, May 2008

Tillet, Salamishah, “Rape is a Crisis in Black Communities,” The (, April 10, 2008

Harris-Perry, Melissa, “Remixing the Rule of Racial Silence,” (, April 10, 2008

Armah, Esther, “NO!: Exploring Sexual Violence in the African-American Community,” Wake Up Call, with Esther Armah on WBAI Pacifica Radio, April 7, 2008

Luck, Fran (Maretta Short), “NO! The Rape Documentary and interview with Aishah Shahidah Simmons” Joy of Resistance Multicultural Radio, with Fran Luck and Maretta Short, WBAI Pacifica Radio, March 27, 2008

Reviewers, “The color purple: Filmmor Women’s Film Festival begins today,” Today’s Zaman, March 15, 2008 (

Williams, Amy, “Review of NO! The Rape Documentary,” Ms. Magazine, 35th Anniversary Issue, Fall 2007

Greenlee-Donnell, Cynthia, “Stories of Survival,” In These Times Magazine, June 29, 2007

Martin, Michel, “Behind Closed Doors: NO!,” Tell Me More, with Michel Martin on National Public Radio, June 18, 2007

Douglas, Marian, “Review of NO! – A Film on Rape in the Black Community,” Pambazuka News: Weekly Forum for Social Justice in Africa, May 22, 2007

Green, Natasha, “NO!: Confronting Sexual Assault in Our Community, an interview with Aishah Shahidah Simmons,” Women’s Magazine on KPFA Pacifica Radio (, May 14, 2007

Soong, C.S., “Black Is Not Enough: When Race, Gender and Sexuality Intersect A Conversation with Kenyon Farrow and Aishah Shahidah Simmons,” Against the Grain on KPFA Radio (, April 10, 2007

Herzing, Rachel, “Thoughts on Race, Gender, and Sexuality and the Black Left: A Roundtable Conversation with Kazembe Balagoon, Patricia Hemphill, Kenyon Farrow, Imani Henry, and Aishah Shahidah Simmons,” Left Turn Magazine, April/May 2007

Rice, LaVon Rice, “All the Women Are White, All the Black Are Men, And Many of Us Have Been Raped: One Filmmaker Confronts Sexual Assault Against Black Women,” ColorLines Magazine January/February 2007

Digital, Dex, “Aishah Shahidah Simmons interview on DJ Drama/Don Cannon Arrest,” on Mixtape Show 58 ( January 27, 2007

Drake, Ingrid, “Transforming Fear into Power: The Politicization of Child Sexual Abuse,”, January 7, 2007

Sharpley-Whiting, T. Denean, “Introduction: Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy But Somebody’s Got to Do It” and “Too Hot to Be Bothered:  Black Women and Sexual Abuse,” Pimps Up, Ho’s Down: Hip Hop’s Hold on Young Black Women, NYU Press © 2007, pgs 19-20, 53, 58, 81-84

Nopper, Tamara K., “The Myth of Black Women’s Progress: A Conversation with Activist and Filmmaker Aishah Shahidah Simmons,”, November 15, 2006

Farmer, Eboni, “Moving Documentary Gets Students Talking About Rape,” The Hilltop, November 15. 2006

Riggins, Traver, “Movie Screening to Open Discussion on Rape,” The Hilltop, November 14, 2006

Volin, Katherine, “Lesbian Filmmaker Says ‘NO!’ to Silence,” The Washington Blade, November 10, 2006

Imarisha, Walidah, “Cinematic Activism,” Left Turn Magazine, October/November 2006

Burton, Jazmyn, “Local Lesbian Filmmaker says ‘NO’ to Violence,” The Philadelphia Gay News, October 27 – November 2, 2006

Burton, Jazmyn Odokemi, “Editor’s Pick ‘NO!’,” The Philadelphia Weekly, October 11-17, 2006

Hoffer, Janae, “Film Addresses Sexual Assault,” The Philadelphia Tribune, October 6, 2006

Nopper, Tamara, “The Power of NO!: An Interview with Black Lesbian Filmmaker,” Clamor Magazine, Issue 38 (Fall 2006)

De Leon, Celine, “Aishah Shahidah Simmons: Words on the Duke Rape Case” © May 13, 2006 (also listed as a resource on Domestic and Sexual Violence Network website)

Neal, Mark Anthony, “(White) Male Privilege, Black Respectability, and Black Women’s Bodies,” © April 14, 2006

Henry, Cassandra, “Cass’ Interview with Aishah Shahidah Simmons,”, 3BlackChicksEnterprises™ © 2006

Hill-Collins, Patricia, “Why Collective Identity Politics Matter” and “Is the Personal still Political?,” in  From Black Power to Hip Hop: Racism, Nationalism, and Feminism, Temple University Press © 2006, pgs 150, 194-195

Latner, Teishan, “Ain’t I A Woman,” and “The Power is Final,” in The Quotable Rebel: Political Quotations for Dangerous Times Common Courage Press © 2005, pgs 187, 302

Neal, Mark Anthony, “Critical Noir: Daughters of Sister Outsider,” AOL Black Voices, April 4, 2005

Wynn, Ron, “Filmmaker examines issue of rape in [B]lack community,” Nashville City Paper online, April 5, 2005

Pollard-Terry, Gayle, “For African American Rape Victims A Culture of Silence,” LA Times, July 20, 2004

Schwartzman, Nancy, “My Doc, My Life” The Independent Film & Video Monthly, March 2004

Stone, Robin D., “On the Front Lines: A Word Against Rape,” in No Secrets No Lies: How Black Families Can Heal From Sexual Abuse, Broadway © 2004, pg 241

Whitney, Daisy, “Pan Afro Film Fest Focuses on Assault,”  Denver Post April 23, 2003

Colelman, Chrisena, “Film focuses on Black rape: Men asked to view and discuss, “ New York Daily News, March 7, 2003

Hunter, Karen, “Rap’s gotta learn some respect” New York Daily News, March 7, 2003

Gregory, Kia, “Race for the Cure: A New Documentary Explores Intraracial Violence,” The Philadelphia Weekly, March 22, 2003

Brown, Carolyn M., “Why Are Black women silent about rape,”, March 2003

Richardson, Clem, “A Private War: Black Women and Rape,” Honey Magazine, March 2003

Cole, Johnnetta B. (Beverly Guy-Sheftall),  “Collisions: Black Liberation Versus Women’s Liberation,” in Gender Talk: The Struggle for Women’s Equality in African-American Communities, One World/Ballantine © 2003, pgs 91-92, 231

Asika, Uju, “Breaking the Silence on Sexual Harassment and Assault,”

Asika, Uju, “’No Means No!’: An Interview with Aishah Shahidah Simmons,”

White, Ph.D., Aaronette M., “NO!”: Breaking Silences on Film,” Assembling The Pieces: An African-American perspective on community and family violence (Newsletter of the Institute on Domestic Violence In The African American Community at the University of Minnesota, Winter 2002, pg 6

Groupe Du 6 Novembre, “Aishah Shahidah Simmons, A Silence Breaker”/ “Aishah Shahidah Simmons, briseuse de silence” in Warrior/Guerrieres, a publication of Groupe Du 6 Novembre © 2001, Nomades’ Langues Edition, pgs 39-44

Ngo, An, “AFROLESFEMCENTRIC,” BI-CO (Bryn Mawr/Haverford College), December 5, 2000, pg 18

Galvan, Bonnie, “Women Who Make Movies, Are Women That Empower,” Querve, May 2000, pgs 8 & 16

Editors, “Feminist artist to receive award,” Philadelphia Gay News, April 28-May 4, 2000, page 4

Dubin, Murray, “Community group to give awards to social activists,” Philadelphia Inquirer, April 28, 2000, pgs B1 & B6

Editors, “Aishah Shahidah Simmons honored,” Au Courant, April 25-30, 2000, page 7

McCurdy, Glenn A., “Local Organization Honors Generations of Activism,” Philadelphia New Observer, April 26, 2000, p 7

Lesselier, Claudie, “Un film en gestation NO!,” Lesbia Magazine, Janvier 2000 [France]

Gladstone, Neil, “A Shaky Market: The ups and downs of this year’s IFFM,” The Philadelphia City Paper, October 2-8, 1998, pgs 26-27

Wilson, Kendal, “NAACP honors area civic leaders at gala: Oprah makes guest appearance,” The Philadelphia Tribune, October 13, 1998, pgs 1A & 4A

Hutchins, Lorraine, “Center Awards Audre Lorde Prizes to Filmmaker, Poet,” and “Aishah Shahidah Simmons: Living and Filming A Healing Rage,”  Coalition Works: a Newsletter of The Union Institute Center for WomenJuly 1998, pgs 1-3

Asanti, Ta’Shia, “Women of Color on the Frontline: Filmmaker Aishah Shahidah Simmons takes on Rape…”, Gay Black Female, July 1998, p 7

Film Reviewers, “[Outfest ‘98] Film Schedule and Reviews,”  LA Weekly, July 10-16, 1998 (Vol 20/No 33), p

Harris, Katherine, “Audre Lorde Smiled: Two Lesbian artists win Legacy awards,”  The Washington Blade, May 22, 1998; p 43

Wire Reports, “Local Filmmaker Awarded Lorde Honor,” Philadelphia Gay News, May 8-14, 1998, p 37

Kolawole, Helen, “When no means NO!,” New Nation (UK), March 9, 1998, p. 14-15

Robinson, Wendy, “Film Maker Aishah Shahidah Simmons Challenges Black-on-Black Rape,” Urban Spectrum, February 1998, p. 28

Teamer, Blaine,  “Living in Confusion,” Ma’-Ka Diasporic Juks Contemporary Writing by Queers of African by Queers of African Descent, eds., Debbie Douglas, …[et. al.], Sistervision Press © 1997, p. 84-89

Powers, Retha.  “The Silence of Rape,” Essence Magazine, June 1996, p. 62 & 126

Bambara, Toni Cade,  “School Daze,” Deep Sights and Rescue Missions, Estate of Toni Cade Bambara © 1996, Random House, pgs. 179- 200, originally published as “Programming With School Daze,” Five for Five: The Films of Spike Lee, Forty Acres & A Mule Filmworks © 1991, pgs. 47-55

Lane, Lynda.  “My Brother, I said NO!:  Local filmmaker documents the irony of Black women speaking out against the Black men who raped them,”  The Philadelphia Tribune, September 15, 1995, pgs. 1E and 6E-7E

Williams, John.  “Re-Creating their Media Image:  Two Generations of Black Women Filmmakers,”  The Black Scholar, Vol. 25, No. 2, pgs. 47-53

White, Jerry.  “Group Dynamic: Local black women filmmakers find power in numbers,”  The Philadelphia City Paper, January 27 - February 3, 1995, p. 20

Colon, Willie.  “Reflections on South Africa,” The Quaker Service Bulletin, Vol. 75, No. 2, pgs. 1-3