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Sundance 2020: On The Record

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color:black;mso-themecolor:text1;background:white’>It is unfortunate that the people who actually took me seriously and broke my story were white. And I went to black people first […] The people who have stood up for us — by and large, they have not been our people.”

Kirby Dick, Sil Lai Abrams, Drew Dixon, Sheri Hines, and Amy Ziering attend the 2020 Sundance Film Festival On The Record Premiere.

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 “He did reach out multiple times and attempted to pressure me,” she said. Russell Simmons had started a nonstop social media campaign against his accusers when he heard about the project. And he had contacted Oprah multiple times. Unsure of what to do, she showed the doc and spoke to Ava DuVernay shortly before she pulled out, as was reported by THR. Winfrey’s decision also affected the release when Apple+ followed suit.

mso-themecolor:text1;background:white’>“I feel like I’m experiencing a second crime. I am being silenced. The broader community is being intimidated. The most powerful black woman in the world is being intimidated.” She continued: “This is the ultimate double bind that black women face, where there is nowhere for us to go. There is no one to protect us. There is no one to help us. And our own community turns against us when you dare to speak out.”