I wonder how many women there are who can’t identify with the #MeToo movement. It seems like there are WAY too many who can, and this is reflected in some of the characters I have written as a playwright. Characters inspired by women in scripture…women I have witnessed in my own life…women I want to give a voice through my work, because they cannot speak for themselves publicly without suffering backlash.
I wrote the song — “We Will Not Be Silenced,” featured in the music video above — last year for my play King David: The Original Musicless Musical. In this story adapted from the Bible story of King David, the characters Tamar and Bathsheba are both violated by men of power who were also men they thought they could trust — men they were forced to continue living with due to the social structure of that time. I originally wrote this ending for Tamar and Bathsheba, because I wanted them to at least have each other – to have a sisterhood – someone else they could identify with. Even if they couldn’t speak openly, they could confide in each other.
With the burst of the #MeToo movement, I found hope. Not only for myself, but for Tamar, Bathsheba, and all the women they represent past and present. I was inspired to record this updated remix of the song to reflect the new hope women who have been sexually assaulted or harassed now find in this current time.
May this song of hope bless your spirit and set women free to be fearless. Ladies, may it remind you that if you are violated by a man, you do not have to remain silent.
Stay Black And Making It,
Ayvaunn Penn, BAM-iT! Founder
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