Aishah Shahidah Simmons
Since we have been discussing African American women who contributed to a feminist agenda and April is the national sexual assault awareness month I decided to post something relative to those topics. “NO! The Rape documentary” was written, produced and directed by incest and rape survivor Aishah Shahidah Simmons. She spent eleven years on the documentary, seven of which were full time dedicated to working on the documentary. This documentary explores the international reality of rape and other forms of sexual assault through the first person testimonies, scholarship, spirituality, activism and cultural work of African Americans. NO! is also a Black feminist educational organizing tool, which is being used in the global movement to end violence against women and children. NO! also explores how rape is used as a weapon of homophobia.
Among completing the documentary, Simmons is noted as an award-winning African American feminist lesbian independent documentary filmmaker, television and radio producer, published writer, international lecturer, and activist based in Philadelphia, PA. In 1992, she founded AfroLez Productions, which is an AfroLezfemcentric multimedia arts company committed to using the moving image, the written and spoken word to counteract the negative impact of racism, sexism, homophobia, and classism on the lives of marginalized and oppressed people. AfroLezfemcentric defines the culturally conscious role of Black women who identify as Afrocentri, lesbian, and feminist.