The most talented artists in the world are fantastic storytellers, and Jessie Reyez is right up there with the best of them.
She released the short film – Gatekeeper: A True Story – in May of last year, five months prior to the downfall of Harvey Weinstein and the hundreds of male celebrities and executive figures throughout the entertainment industry accused of sexual harassment in the workplace.
Jessie’s film loudly echoes the horrific truths revealing themselves every day via the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements. For some, watching the film may be a view into the perspective of what it feels like to be bullied, manipulated, or harassed. For others, it is their story… Unfortunately on both sides.
There is no more hiding.
With President Trump in office saying whatever he wants, in Jay-Z’s words, “We’re forced to have the conversation. Now we’re having the conversation on the large scale; he’s provided the platform.”
Hov goes on to say while the platform coming this way is not ideal, “It’s still happening in a good way, because you can’t have a solution until you start dealing with the problem: what you reveal, you heal.”
Art like Jessie’s vulnerable film creates the emotional connection necessary to provide empathy necessary to pave a different future for the next generation.
Kudos to her and her amazing production team at Mad Ruk for sharing her story – Jessie is the definition of a rockstar in 2018: success can and will be had on your terms because you say so. The young women and men who watch this story will recognize they too get to choose their own path.
Because of you they will understand they can maintain their integrity, their values and their soul, and still live the life of their dreams.
We have a long way to go.
Please share this post and Jessie’s film with somebody important to you today to keep the dialogue going.
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