Trigger Warning: This story part of the "Noise" series by Rwebel Media, which features stories primarily looking at sexual assault. In this story, I give details about reporting my assault, post traumatic stress disorder, and rape culture on college campuses. Reader discretion is advised.
Tarana Burke, the founder of ‘me too.’, recently visited the Atlanta University Center on the second leg of a ‘me too.’ tour. She co-organizes this tour with Dr. Yaba Blay, a professor at North Carolina Central University and a producer of the web series “Professional Black Girl.”
While visiting historically Black colleges and universities across the country, Burke, Blay, and special guests dialogue about how rape culture impacts the Black community and how this in turn permeates onto HBCU campuses.
Trigger Warning: This article is a part of Rwebel Media’s “Noise” series for survivors of trauma. The following story discusses the impact of sexual violence on survivors. Reader discretion is advised.
At the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago, IL, Candace Clark and partner Nahim sit with Javanna Plummer.
In the 40-minute interview, Javanna, Nahim, and Candace discuss R. Kelly, 'me too.,' and the impact of sexual violence on Black survivors, especially Black women. To hear Javanna's analysis of the interview, listen to Episode 5 of Rwebel Radio. Below is an excerpted transcript.
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Trigger Warning: This article is a part of Rwebel Media’s “Noise” series for survivors of trauma. The following story includes videos and descriptions of sexual harassment and domestic violence. Reader discretion is advised.
Hip Hop has a problem it needs to address.
Hip Hop pioneer Dee Barnes paved the way for female Hip Hop journalists, yet she recently started a GoFundMe campaign because she is facing eviction.
And that is unsettling.
A stock image of police officers. On their website, the Action Center for Race and the Economy wrote: "Chicago has borrowed $709M to pay for settlements including Chicago Police misconduct cases since 2010. This will cost taxpayers more than $1 billion in interest. Read their report at https://www.acrecampaigns.org/pbb." (Anthony Franklin / PEXELS)
Police brutality is costly, but not just in the way you would think. While much discourse about police reform focuses on the emotional burden of police brutality, a major enabler of this violence is seldom explored: money.
Many people do not realize how much money goes into funding police-related settlements, and this creates an "information gap," said Carrie Sloan, a research director at the Action Center for Race and the Economy. This is a gap she said ACRE seeks to close.
According to data provided by ACRE research analyst Alyxandra Goodwin, Chicago had spent around $413 Million covering police-related settlements from 2011-2017, averaging out to approximately $59 Million a year.
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