Last week, a grieving aunt spoke through tears as she shared what happened to her 14-year-old niece. In an 18-minute Facebook video, the woman cried and wailed as she revealed that her niece — her husband’s little sister — had, for at least six years, been raped repeatedly by her own father, Pastor Matthew Gibson. The abuse took place in the bathroom of Gibson’s church, Brooklyn’s Progressive Baptist Church of Brownsville. Gibson, the son of Bishop Ben Gibson, has been arrest
“For to survive in the mouth of this dragon we call america, we have had to learn this first and most vital lesson – that we were never meant to survive. Not as human beings…Black or not.” – Audre Lorde, Transformation of Silence into Language and Action, Sister Outsider (1984) Black Women’s Blueprint unequivocally stands with the survivor who is going by Anna Chambers, as she speaks her truth and as she fights for justice and accountability from the two NYPD Police Officers
The results of the election left many of us shocked, in despair, and the most marginalized of us (Queer, Trans, Immigrant, Differently Abled), afraid for our safety. I for one, could not stop shaking. As a black woman, living with PTSD from various acts of sexual violence, the election of a self-proclaimed sexual predator to the highest level of office, left me replaying my victimization over and over in my head. As calls to action started to flood in, my anxiety made it d
1. You must let the pain visit.
2. You must allow it teach you
3. You must not allow it overstay.
(Three routes to healing)
- Ijeoma Umebinyuo, Questions for Ada Photo source: http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/video/young-black-woman-on-wooden-boat-dock-she-looks-stock-video-footage/472903806 You are precious. They will never say this enough to you, Black girl. I say it neither to erase what’s been hard nor to ignore the reasons you don't believe you are but to give you
Photo: Inquiring Minds - Girls and STEM -Here, children take part in a science class, Washington, March 1942 #CosbyWatch: Bill Cosby's trial is set for June 5. Thirteen survivors are courageously testifying. We #BelieveSurvivors and Center Survivors. Tweet with Us: This week Black Women's Blueprint hosted a Twitter Chat #Vision4BlackWomen @blackwomensbp. Type in the hashtag on Twitter to follow the conversation. It is not too late to add your voice! Click here to see the thre
“The fact that we are here and that [we] speak these words is an attempt to break that silence and bridge some of those differences between us, for it is not difference which immobilizes us but silence. And there are so many silences to be broken” – Audre Lorde Photo by Maybelline McCoy The time between mid-July till mid-September is rough for me. July 11th and September 13th bookend my summer as the dates of two of my sexual assaults. Some people name the date the “annive
As college students head back to school, the media and social media are abuzz with daily news about filmmaker Nate Parker and his college roommate Jean Celestin who were accused of raping a woman—who later committed suicide—when they were students at Pennsylvania State University. With their much anticipated Birth of a Nation film coming out in a few months, this story is both timely and critically important. Many black women, specifically survivors of sexual assault, and the
Photo Credit: Maybelline McCoy “we need a god who bleeds now a god whose wounds are not some small male vengeance some pitiful concession to humility a desert swept with dryin’ marrow in honor of the lord we need a god who bleeds spreads her lunar vulva & showers us in shades of scarlet thick & warm like the breath of her our mothers tearing to let us in this place breaks open like our mothers bleeding the planet is heaving mourning our ignorance the moon tugs the seas to hol
“And she looks clean” This is what was said to me by a male teacher who thought I was attractive. I was 13 years old, in special education, and this kind of behavior from male authority was normal. I was “clean” but not something to be protected from such sexualization. I was something to be consumed, to be sullied by the male gaze, to be objectified by the dehumanizing gaze. Being disabled, considered high functioning, and a girl is a very unique intersection. The rapid deve
(photo Legal Defense Fund: http://www.naacpldf.org/press-release/tribute-cassandra-q-butts-former-ldf-assistant-counsel) With each of our dead, we mourn the loss of a piece of ourselves and with each of our raped we mourn the loss of a piece of our souls. On this day, August 2, 2016, exactly three short months since Black women across identities and around the country lifted their voices in testimony, while bearing witness to the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission on S
Rarely is gender and violence against women considered when the plight of people of African descent are addressed. The Black Women’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission is inherently a transnational initiative with a diasporic analysis and international implications for full achievement of recognition, justice and development, which are the objectives of the International Decade of People of African Descent. From April 28-May 2, 2016 women of African descent and their allies