What is it about this show that you think crossed the line so much, that made you want to take action?
SL: Well, first of all, this happened very quickly. I was preparing a peaceful New Year’s Eve with champagne and candles. A friend of mine emailed me the pilot of the show. And I don’t get to watch everything my friends send me, but something said, ‘Open this e-mail and watch.’ And it just slapped me across the face. Tears came to my eyes. These women who look like me. First of all, this network and a segment of our culture feel that black women don’t even deserve the term ‘mother.’ We’re a demeaning term called ‘baby’s mamas.’ We’re a joke! It’s always done with a giggle or we’re just a burden to someone. We’re not worthy of being married and we’re sluts and we’ll not even protect ourselves from diseases or pregnancy. But the problem was, 11 of his children are sitting there front row! I mean, where do people think these kids are? In Vermont? They’re seeing their parents’ chaos. And I see the impact of all that stuff. When my children say, ‘When are adults going to stand up? When are they gonna stop acting a fool? When is my mother going to stop having all of these men in my house? When? When is my father going to be a father?’
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HB: Do you think you have something against Shawty Lo? Or it is just what he is representing?
SL: No. I don’t know him personally at all. The Senior VP of Oxygen Media Cori Abraham thought this was just a gigglefest. ‘We’re gonna provide over the top moments for our young, diverse, female audiences to see these feisty baby mommas fight for who gets all these school supplies. Who gets financial support as they split affection of one man multiple ways? So we’re gonna give you all these over the top, dysfunctional moments so you can Tweet about.’
HB: There’s a problem with the formula of entertainment television…
SL: It’s a joke! This petition quickly attracted people. I have a coalition because it’s not just me anymore. There are six of us who said, ‘Enough is enough!’
Dorothy Height–I remember her as a young woman, she predicted this day would come. First they were going to come for you and your images and prosecute your images for silver and then they’re going to come for your children and we let it happen. The fact that it’s 2013 and there’s no African-American producers at these networks that can green light projects is a felony. And the fact that Black people are protesting this can’t even get a building pass at any of these networks and they’re upset that this buffoonery can’t even go on air!
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"