NO! The Rape Documentary at Westwood Baptist Church

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The Westwood Baptist Church in Richmond, VA where Rev. Michael Lomax is the pastor will host a FREE all day conference on sexual violence, accountability and healing on Saturday, April 21, 2018. There will be a panel, a screening of NO! The Rape Documentary, and a keynote by #BlackFeminist sister/scholar/comrade/friend, co-founder of The Feminist Wire, and the first lady of Westwood Baptist Church, Dr. Tamura Lomax. 

SPREAD THE WORD. This FREE intergenerational gathering is open to all. You can register here.

NO! The Rape Documentary in Tucson

Aishah will kick off April's Sexual Assault Awareness month in Tuscon, Arizona with a fundraiser screening of NO! The Rape Documentary on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 7:30pm.

All proceeds will go towards the planning of Tucson Take Back the Night 2018, the annual march and event raising awareness around sexual assault and empowering survivors.

Aishah was also featured on a local news segment.

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Aishah Shahidah Simmons on Feral Visions: a decolonial feminist podcast

[AUDIO] “How do you move beyond sharing about your trauma to healing it?” asks child sexual abuse survivor, adult rape survivor, NO! The Rape Documentary producer/director and  #LoveWITHAccountability creator Aishah Shahidah Simmons on Episode 2 of Feral Visions: a decolonial feminist podcast with producer/host Anjali Nath. Feral Visions is also available as an iTunes podcast. Resources listed below.

***The interview was conducted on August 14, 2017 and released on October 19, 2017. Aishah and her father were finally able to have a seismic, transformative conversation on October 16, 2017.***

Aishah Shahidah Simmons in Signs - Journal of Women in Culture and Society

Photo by Daniel Goudrouffe

Photo by Daniel Goudrouffe

Signs - Journal of Women in Culture and Society invited Jaclyn Friedman, Kelly Oliver, Claire Potter, Aishah Shahidah Simmons, and Lisa Wade, PhD to respond to Laura Kipnis's controversial (at best) new book 'Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus' for their "Short Takes- Provocations on Public Feminism." Additionally Kipnis responds to our responses. All of which is freely available on Signs' website.

An excerpt from Aishah's response: "The Personal Is Political and Academic":

[...]I share a part of my (rape survivor) story because for many people who don’t have any understanding of what rape is, they would not define what happened to me in March 1989 as rape. Frankly, after reading Kipnis’s deeply troubling Unwanted Advances, I’m not sure she would define what happened to me as rape.

While reading Kipnis’s book, I found myself asking, why this book now? I’m assuming she wrote the manuscript before the (alleged) sexual predator in chief was elected to govern the United States.Perhaps she and her mainstream publisher thought it would be a very provocative and insightful read during a Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential administration. It might have been. However, in the current political climate, where conditions and interventions that can follow a sexual assault are at risk of becoming defined as preexisting conditions under the proposed American Health Care Act, which recently passed in the House of Representatives, her book is a very frightening and I believe dangerous read.[...]


Read all of the responses in their entirety here.

Aishah Shahidah Simmons in ArtsEverywhere Global Roundtable

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Aishah Shahidah Simmons (Philadelphia) was one of the participants who reflected upon and participated in an ArtsEverywhere global roundtable assembled by Kholoud Bidak (Cairo) and Coumba Toure (Dakar), The other participants were: Akwaeke Emezi (Brooklyn),  Kagure Mugo (Johannesburg),  Lucia Victor Jayaseelan, (London),  Kutlwano Pearl Magashula (Johannesburg), Pia Love (London), Rokhaya Gueye (Dakar),  Sheena Gimase Magenya (Nairobi), and Thato Poelo Semele (Johannesburg). The roundtable asked artist/activists Africa and the Diaspora to weigh in on "What is Wellbeing?"

“[...]Convening this roundtable for ArtsEverywhere presented an opportunity to share the point of view of some people who care about changing ideologies of oppression through their work; we were very keen to share the voices of African/coloured, artists/activists, gender non-conforming individuals, women, lesbians.

The issue of wellbeing is one of our main challenges in the work of activism, either for those who work with NGOs, art, community organizing, or any other channel. It gets more complicated if a person still struggles for essential needs and rights.[...]”


Read in its entirety here

November 13th: Aishah in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C.: How can the arts advance body politics?

Join Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Katie Cappiello, Emma Sulkowicz, and Moderator Tanya Selvaratnam for “FRESH TALK on body politics in art and beyond,” a conversation and dinner at the National Museum for Women in the Arts on Sunday, November 13, 2016 from 4:30-8:00pm 

For more information, click here.

If you can’t attend but want to view the conversation, it will be Livestreamed.

TONIGHT in Greensboro, NC

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TONIGHT, October 27th 2016, in Greensboro, NC: Aishah Shahidah Simmons will screen and discuss her film NO! The Rape Documentary at Bennett College for Women.

Join Dr. Valerie Ann Johnson (Anthropologist and Chair of Africana Women's Studies), Kimberly Gaubault (Theologian, Poet, and #LoveWITHAccountability forum contributor) and Aishah at 6pm in the Global Learning Center!!!