University of Wisconsin-Madison Hosts Aishah Shahidah Simmons and Monica Dillon

April 21, 2008

Aishah Shahidah Simmons and Monica Dillon are featured guests during Sexual Assault Awareness Month | University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of WisconsinFrom April 15, 2008 through April 17, 2008, Aishah Shahidah Simmons and Monica Dillon will be featured guest lecturers, workshop facilitators, and performers at University of Wisconsin – Madison as a part of their Sexual Assault Awareness Month programming. In addition to screening NO! The Rape Documentary and meeting with studens and faculty, they will perform “For Women and Men of Rage & Reason, a cinematic, poetic and musical journey from victim to survivor and activist in the international movements to end violence against women.

An extra highlight to this experience is that Tiona M., the fierce producer, director, photographer, and editor of the ground breaking documentary black./womyn.:conversations… will document Monica and Aishah’s performances and presentations. Tiona will also screen the black./womyn.:conversations trailer, which features the voices of over 50 lesbians of African descent, including Monica and Aishah, and talk about the process of making this important film.

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Rape is a Crisis in Black Communities by Salamishah Tillet

April 10, 2008

It’s A Crisis

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Remixing the Rule of Racial Silence by Melissa Harris-Lacewell

April 10, 2008

Rape and Race: We have to talk about it.

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University of Houston’s Women’s Resource Center Hosts Screening & Discussion of NO!

April 9, 2008

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Still shot from NO the rape documentary No stills from the rape documentary

On Thrusday, April 10, 2008 at 7pm, The Women’s Resource Center at the University of Houston will host a screening and discussion of the award-winning, feature length documentary NO!, which is about rape, other forms of violence against women, and healing. Producer, writer, and director Aishah Shahidah Simmons will introduce the documentary and facilitate a question and answer session immediately following the screening.

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Violence Against Women of Color |The INCITE Anthology

March 12, 2008

Womens History Month | Stopping Violence Against Women of Color

Color of Violence: The INCITE! Anthology

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What would it take to end violence against women of color?

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Coming Full Circle with NO! A Documentary About Rape

February 25, 2008

Almost since the conception of the idea for the documentary that has evolved into NO!, I’ve been on the international road raising awareness about rape and sexual assault; and the critical non-negotiable need to end it.

In June 1995, my sister-survivor-comrade Janelle White, who was a graduate student at the time, brought me to University of Michigan for my very first paid NO! speaking engagement. At that time, I hardly had any footage. What I had was a vision and a commitment, as a survivor of incest and rape, to use the moving image to address a global atrocity, through the herstories, testimonies, scholarship, activism, poetry, music, and dance of predominantly African-American women.

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Unveiling the Silence: NO! The Rape Documentary Study Guide

November 24, 2007

Unveiling the Silence:NO! The Rape Documentary Study GuideUnveiling the Silence: NO! The Rape Documentary Study Guide is available for purchase.

Created by Salamishah Tillet, Ph.D., and Rachel Afi Quinn, with the creative and editorial direction of Aishah Shahidah Simmons, producer, writer, and director of NO!, this 100-page interactive study guide may be used within a workshop, class session, or semester-long course. You may decide to screen the documentary film in its entirety or use segments integrated into a broader course addressing race, gender, and sexuality.

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Review of NO! Featured in 35th Anniversary Edition of Ms. Magazine

November 24, 2007

Ms. Magazine CoverA review of NO!, the award-winning, internationally acclaimed documentary, is featured in the DVD watch section of the 35th anniversary special collector’s issue of Ms. Magazine. “…Finally breaking the silence, the film shares stories of torment and healing whilen challenging African-American men and women to seek reconciliation.”

I, a daughter of an African-American feminist mother and an African-American pro-feminist father, began identifying as a feminist in 1979, when I was ten years old. Ms. Magazine was a part of my household throughout my formative years into womanhood. I was and am very thilled…elated to have NO! reviewed in the foremost, long-standing feminist magazine in the United States. You can read my blurb, which joins the chorus of feminists who share about how Ms. Magazine has impacted our lives over the past 35 years of its existence by clicking here.