We experienced a major setback last night as people started uploading the video to YouTube again. We succeeded in shutting down another 50 or so copies between last night and today. It is now being posted on a few porn sites, and we are going after them too. It occasionally shows up elsewhere on the web, but we are finding and reporting sites pretty quickly. We will continue to police the situation, but more help is always needed at #AmberArmy on Facebook.
I want to be sure to include some love here for two very special ladies, bloggers who have helped us spread the word on the internet. What About Our Daughters is a website that serves to empower black women. Here’s their About page info:
What About Our Daughters was founded on April 18, 2007 in response to an Oprah Winfrey show entitled “After Imus:Now What” . The original purpose of the blog was to encourage Black women to organize to “Stop Funding Foolishness.” In other words, to use economic power to to impose economic sanctions on those who are producing destructive images of Black [w]omen and girls. We’ve evolved since then. Gotten some media attention, founded Blogging While Brown, Michelle Obama Watch, and proven over and over again that when men and women of character come together, we can change the world.
Unapologetic, Uncompromising, and Unbowed in defense of Black women and girls.
The Blogmother, who runs WAOD, was kind enough to highlight our efforts in her article about the girl and the response from the black community, which she posted Wednesday. Thanks to her efforts, #AmbersArmy has grown tremendously.
Christelyn Karazin is the co-author of “Swirling: How to Date, Mate and Relate Mixing Race, Culture and Creed” (to be released April 2012), and runs a blog, www.beyondblackwhite.com, dedicated to women of color who are interested and or involved in interracial and intercultural relationships. She is also the founder and organizer of “No Wedding, No Womb,” an initiative to find solutions to the 72 percent out-of-wedlock rate in the black community.
Christelyn was among the first to publicize our efforts and to help us build support for this campaign, writing an article for MadameNoire magazine on Tuesday, October 18. She called me this evening to interview me and is also publicizing our efforts on Beyond Black & White. Check out Beyond Black & White for the interview (audio is posted).
Please show these women some linky love in your blog updates, and by clicking through the links to their places. They have been tremendously supportive and are dedicated activists. I thank them!