Issa Rae, Lena Waite, and a host of other powerhouse artists and entertainers will be wearing black at the Golden Globes to support the TIME’S UP anti-harassment movement, an initiative dedicated to confronting abuse of power and promoting workplace equality.  This movement is in response to the sexual harassment allegations that rocked the industry in 2017, and was launched with the help of lead by some of Hollywood’s most powerful players including Shonda Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Meryl Streep, Ashley Judd, Natalie Portman, and Kerry Washington.  It calls for “a significant increase of women in positions of leadership and power across all industries,” and announced a legal defense fund to support women and men victims of sexual misconduct at work. So far, TIME’S UP has raised over $14 million of its $15 million goal.

The group’s open letter noted that its members realized their reach may help others, saying: “We also recognize our privilege and the fact that we have access to enormous platforms to amplify our voices. Both of which have driven widespread attention to the existence of this problem in our industry that farmworker women and countless individuals in other industries have not been afforded.”

“It’s very hard for us to speak righteously about the rest of anything if we haven’t cleaned our own house,” Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes tells The New York Times.  “If this group of women can’t fight for a model for other women who don’t have as much power and privilege, then who can?”

“This is not a silent protest,” said actress and director Rashida Jones. “We wear black to stand in solidarity with our sisters and to say time’s up on this imbalance of power and the abuses that come with it, regardless of what industry you work in. It’s time for every workplace to look more like our world, where women have equal representation.”

Insecure creator Issa Rae shared, “In a good way, it just feels like the death of old Hollywood.  Being an African American woman, I can’t help but think about our funerals, which are kind of lit. Obviously, there are points of grieving, but afterwards it’s like a celebration of life, and you kind of turn up, and I feel like that’s what this will be. It’s like a celebration.  There’s a new resolve, and it feels like even with the action points that we have with the legal defense fund, and making agencies employ more women in positions of power, that it feels like this can actually get done. So it’s more than just a color. It’s more than just wearing black. We’re about that action.”

“For me this is a choice that I have to make because being born black, female, and gay is not a revolutionary act. But being a feminist, being out, and being a proud black person—now that’s when we get to the revolutionary stuff, and that’s where I want to land adds The Chi and Master of None writer-actress Lena Waithe.  She continues, “Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and someone might say, ‘Wouldn’t you want to stand out?’ But I’m like, ‘Nah! I want to stand with Time’s Up,   It may be a small way of showing solidarity, but to me this is extremely important. If someone looks back and wants to know where I stood, they’ll see that picture of me on the red carpet wearing nothing but black.”

Viola Davis tweeted: “I stand with women across every industry to say #TIMESUP on abuse, harassment, marginalization and underrepresentation.”

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