Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 06, 2013
SIL LAI ABRAMS, anti-domestic violence activist and founder of the media advocacy organization TRUTH IN REALITY, announced the launch of the “RESPONSIBLE REALITY TV MOVEMENT” during the 9TH ANNUAL NAACP HOLLYWOOD BUREAU SYMPOSIUM this past Tuesday, January 29th. The movement targets both cable networks and media consumers in its mission to change the harmful ways interpersonal violence and Black women are portrayed in reality television.
The Symposium, entitled "IMAGES OF WOMEN AND MEDIA: A LOOK BEHIND THE CURTAIN", took place at the Museum of Tolerance before an audience of over 400 attendees. Abrams, a NABJ-award winning writer, speaker, and anti-domestic violence activist, discussed the predominately negative representation of Black women on reality television and how these images are impacting the Black community amongst fellow panelists that included Braxton Family Values reality star Towanda Braxton, filmmaker Neema Barnette, television producer Debra Martin Chase, and Madeline Di Nonno, Executive Director of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.
RECENT STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT NEGATIVE REALITY SHOWS HAVE AN ADVERSE EFFECT ON THE EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF GIRLS AND YOUNG WOMEN, and CAN PREDISPOSE MEN TO VIOLENT BEHAVIOR TOWARDS WOMEN. However, in recent years, cable networks have been increasingly rewarding and encouraging violent behavior between cast members. Roughly half of all reality shows feature Black cast remembers whose behaviors reinforce damaging stereotypes that help perpetuate interpersonal violence within the Black community.
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