Despite the term #MeToo being coined by African American civil rights activist and sexual assault survivor Tarana Burke, women of colour have experienced a particularly unique and challenging journey in having their voices heard.
Executive Producer Tamra Simmons sought to redress this in the ground-breaking documentary series Surviving R. Kelly in which 50 survivors of sexual abuse by R&B singer R. Kelly are given a platform to share their stories. For Tamra, these voices – particularly those of underage African American teens – have been largely ignored by the mainstream media. That is, until now.
Since Surviving R. Kelly premiered on the Lifetime channel in the US this January, the six-part series has taken these stories of survival to 24.5 million viewers, revealing the compounding factors that have contributed to this culture of silence and paving the way for significant change.
In this exclusive session at AIDC, Tamra speaks with award-winning journalist and champion of the Australian #MeToo movement, Tracey Spicer AM, about the ingrained misogyny in the R&B and hip hop game, celebrity power and privilege and, of course, race politics.
This session contains graphic content and is restricted to 18+