Truth In Reality, in conjunction with the Ferguson Response Network, has partnered to host our signature #99Seconds event on October 20, 2016 in ten cities across the U.S. The name #99Seconds is based on the fact that in the US a woman is sexually assaulted every 90 seconds and battered every 9 seconds. This national initiative to honor the experiences of survivors of domestic and sexual violence is being held in light of the recent controversy around director, writer and actor Nate Parker's film Birth of a Nation and his sexual assault trial. With very little exception, the entire narrative has been focused on the accused perpetrators. Truth In Reality CEO Sil Lai Abrams and Ferguson Response Network founder Leslie MacFadyen decided to partner on this initiative in an effort to challenge society's tendency to erase or silence victims and survivors by re-centering them and providing a platform for their voices and experiences to be heard. Click the following links for times & locations for the current list of events in our host cities: New York, NY Houston, TX Chicago, IL Charlotte, NC Baltimore, MD Grand Rapids, MI Washington, DC Minneapolis, MN Philadelphia, PA Additional locations and times will be announced shortly. If you would like to host your own #99Seconds event, download the #99Seconds Event Overview, Event Run of Show, and submit your request to be added to our list of official participants to info (at) truthinreality.org. Media Inquiries: Anne Peng, Coordinator, Truth In Reality: anne (at) truthinreality.org
Essence Speaks to Founder Sil Lai Abrams About How the Chaotic Couples We See on TV Impact Our Own Relationships and Communities
From Essence, 8/29/2016: Breakups. Divorces. Makeups. We've seen our share of relationship drama on popular reality TV shows over the past few years. But spending hours looking at couples in crisis and Black women arguing can affect our own love lives. Research indicates that watching programs with relational aggression—described as manipulation, exclusion and bullying—can influence us to be more aggressive in everyday life. The nonprofit organization Truth in Reality is committed to changing the negative images of Black women in media. Founder Sil Lai Abrams talks about the effects of what we consume, and how to end the cycle. Read the full story here.
Truth In Reality is honored to announce that Chuck Baker, CEO and founder of Cayenne, a privacy-friendly social network and DIY app builder for creators, has joined our Board of Directors. Chuck got his start with international giant Procter & Gamble before shifting to an executive role as Managing Director for Uniworld Advertising (a WPP company) with a focus on user interface design and 360-degree ad campaigns. Chuck then served as owner/CEO of Run Group Digital, working with clients like Budweiser, AT&T and Lugz while honing valuable entrepreneurial skills. He also spent five years as a music producer for artists like Mya, Dru Hill, and Myron – amassing 4 million albums sold. Chuck mentors weekly at Oakland Tech High School, serves as committee chairman of fund development the 100 Black Men of the Bay Area and is a board member of Eastern Horizons, a non-profit for at-risk youth located in Marin, CA.
Thank you for supporting the Redefining HERstory documentary crowd funding campaign (psst...it ain’t over yet!)
Good morning! Truth In Reality closed out it's ONLINE campaign of our Redefining HERstory documentary crowd funding with 234 donations totalling $32,570 - 65% of our total goal of $50K for the project. The great news about Crowdrise is that your fundraising page stays open for as long as you want. So what does that mean? Well for one, you can still make a donation by using our link! Now, we can all do the math and realize that in spite of our phenomenal raise, we’re still $17,430 short of our total. To that end, Truth In Reality will be hosted by two different organizations for two live events during April so we can reach our $50,000 goal. Yep, the fundraising ain't over! Essentially, everyone who invested in the Redefining HERstory film has given us a running start to make the big leap & finish strong(er)! You'll be receiving invites to dynamic events that will spread the mission of the film & help us close that funding gap. Continue reading
Her Agenda Speaks to Founder Sil Lai Abrams about How You Can Help Redefine Media Stereotypes of Black Women
From Her Agenda, 3/30/2016: Some of the highest rated reality shows include Oxygen’s “Bad Girls Club” and VH1’s “Basketball Wives,” and according to activist and writer Sil Lai Abrams, that is a problem. Abrams is working to change the perception of women of color in society with a forthcoming documentary titled Redefining HERstory. Her personal hardships as a teenager and as a victim of assault that led her to self-publish her bookNo More Drama. In her book, she discusses her inspirational story on how she overcame obstacles and came up with Self Empowerment Principles in Action (SEPIA). Abrams is also the founder ofTruthInReality, a media advocacy organization aiming to change the media depictions of women of color, with emphasis in changing the violent stereotypes. She believes that storylines seen in realitytelevision can cast a negative view on how women of color should be treated. Read the full story here.
Truth In Reality Founder Sil Lai Abrams and Content Creator Morgan Grain weigh in on HuffPost Black Voices, 3/30/16: "The idea that we as Black people are constantly reimagining ourselves within a society historically devoid of our existence reoccurs thematically throughout most artistic, entertainment, and most recently, digital media [re] presentations of blackness. In response to the continuous bombardment of what have historically been largely stereotypical depictions of our existence, much of the pushback on these mis-representations were rooted in the politics of respectability. Through early visual imagery of the Black body, activists and photographers attempted to prove humanity through the lens of acceptability." Read the full article here.