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Media Coverage

Culture and Social Change with Breakthrough’s Darnell Moore |

June 24, 2021

Darnell Moore, Breakthrough U.S. board member in conversation with American broadcast journalist Ray Suarez.Darnell is an award-winning writer and activist, a leader in the Movement for Black Lives, and a tireless advocate for justice and liberation. He is co-managing editor of The Feminist Wire and the author of No Ashes in the Fire. His writings have…

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Meet The Unsung Heroes of the #MeToo Movement: ‘It’s Powerful to Be Honored’

June 12, 2019

Long before the “#MeToo era” was given a name, activists worked tirelessly with and for survivors of sexual violence to make change and help people heal Since it took off in 2017, the #MeToo movement has provided people with the opportunity to speak out and condemn gender-based violence and sexual misconduct. In the time since,…

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August 1, 2018

Black community influencers, Maura Chanz, Andrea Lewis, Darnell Moore and Ashley Blaine Featherson sat down with Alencia Johnson, Director of Public Engagement at Planned Parenthood, to discuss the importance of sexual and reproductive services within the black community. Title X, the nation’s only birth control and reproductive health care program, is at risk of ending under…

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November 4, 2017

We partnered with Facebook to test how targeting micro-communities could build organic interest and offline connections. Powering Culture Change to End Campus Sexual Assault The campaign goal was to disrupt and transform the culture of sexual violence on campuses to make all students safer. By targeting students and people affiliated with universities through social media,…

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February 16, 2017

Daily Mail Clemence Michallon 2/16/2017 A group of UCLA students has launched a campaign against those who share unwanted nude pictures on social media, saying it is as harmful form as any other form of abuse when done without consent. The Bruin Consent Coalition, which seeks to prevent sexual violence on campus, released a series of…

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February 15, 2017

Refinery29 Kasandra Brabaw 2/15/2017 Sharing nude photos and sex videos without permission counts as sexual harassment and abuse, and is illegal in some states. That should be obvious, but many people are somehow hazy on the principals behind what is commonly known as “revenge porn” — sharing intimate images of someone without their consent. In fact, a…

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January 24, 2017

Journal of College Admission Kathryn Drury Wagner 01/24/2017 College-age women are the demographic most likely to be victims of sexual violence, yet 80 percent of college students don’t report these incidents. What are colleges doing to address this issue, and what role does campus safety play in admission? When parents of today’s students were applying…

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April 11, 2016

TakePart Britni Danielle 4/11/16 This profile is part of TakePart’s series highlighting the six winners of the Skoll Foundation’s Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, announced ahead of the Skoll World Forum, which takes place April 13–15. The award distinguishes leaders who are committed to driving large-scale change; each of the awardees’ organizations receives a $1.25…

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A Warm Farewell from Breakthrough U.S.

March 17, 2023

Dear Friends, Recently the Breakthrough U.S. Board of Directors announced that the organization will be sunsetting its U.S. office and all operations effective on March 31, 2023. As President and CEO, it has been my honor and pleasure to shepherd Breakthrough U.S. for the past few years and its efforts to use media advocacy and…

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Sunsetting Breakthrough U.S.

March 14, 2023

Dear Community, In 2000, Breakthrough U.S. and India were launched out of a critical need to meet people where they are, and inform, educate and mobilize them to take a stand for human rights globally. Under the visionary leadership of founder Mallika Dutt, Breakthrough has effectively harnessed the power of pop culture, the arts, media,…

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A Moment to Rejoice – And a Reminder of What’s Possible

December 9, 2022

The entire team at Breakthrough is ecstatic at the news that seven-time WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner has finally been released from her unjust imprisonment in Russia. After nearly a year of being detained under unimaginably harsh conditions thousands of miles away from her wife, family, friends, teammates and community, Brittney is at last being reunited…

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The Woman Behind The Magic: Free Black Women’s Library Founder OlaRonke Akinmowo

July 24, 2022

In 2015, with only 100 books in tow and a brownstone stoop, Brooklyn, New York-based artist, set decorator, cultural worker and single mom OlaRonke Akinmowo launched The Free Black Women’s Library. Since then it has grown into a social art project that celebrates the brilliance, creativity, and diversity of Black women writers from all over…

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Brittney Griner’s Detention Shines Light On Pay Inequity In Professional Sports

July 15, 2022

Since February 2022, seven-time WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner, a current player with the Phoenix Mercury, has been detained in Russia due to the alleged presence of vape cartridges containing hashish oil in her luggage. After more than 148 days in Russian detention, Brittney’s trial finally began on July 7, 2022, and while we wait for…

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A Tale of Two Traffic Stops in the United States

July 6, 2022

Today the Organization Issued the Following Statement from President and CEO Nakisha M. Lewis: On June 27, 2022, a young Black man named Jayland Walker was murdered by police officers in Akron, OH. Walker, who was unarmed, was shot at over 90 times, with at least 60 bullets striking his body, ultimately causing him to…

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Statement on the Strikedown of Roe v. Wade on Friday, June 24, 2022

June 24, 2022

Today the Organization Issued the Following Statement from President and CEO Nakisha M. Lewis: Today the Supreme Court issued its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which has effectively struck down the half-century-old decision of Roe v. Wade, taking away the right of birthing people to privacy and access to an abortion.  While…

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Breakthrough With Black Fatherhood

June 19, 2022

This Father’s Day, Breakthrough is celebrating the beauty of Black fatherhood. We’re honoring dads who identify within the LGBTQ+ community, as well as dads who have publicly demonstrated unwavering love and support for their cis, queer, trans and gender-expansive children. We know parenthood is never without its challenges. To thrive within the margin of the…

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Statement on White Supremacist Mass Shooting in Buffalo, New York on May 14th

May 16, 2022

Today the Organization Issued the Following Statement from President and CEO Nakisha M. Lewis: “Breakthrough joins the rest of the nation in mourning and grieving the lives taken tragically and hatefully by an unabashed white supremacist and domestic terrorist with no regard for human life, as clearly demonstrated by the monstrous events that took place in…

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Breakthrough Statement on the Appointment of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court

April 8, 2022

As a global organization committed to championing Black women and girls through the media, storytelling and narrative change, Breakthrough recognizes Judge Jackson’s appointment as powerful proof that representation truly does matter.

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Press Releases

Breakthrough Launches Documentary Series That Amplifies The Stories of BIPOC Girls and GNC Youth During Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month

September 22, 2021

For Immediate Release September 22, 2021Contact: press@letsbreakthrough.orgDownloadable PDF Breakthrough Launches Documentary Series That Amplifies The Stories of BIPOC Girls and GNC Youth During Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month ‘Our Stories In Vivid Color’ explores the lived experiences, joys and dreams of youth artists and activists who are advocating for racial justice, gender equity, disability and LGBTQ+ rights.  New…

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The Next Step In Breakthrough’s Journey

March 15, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 15, 2021 The Board of Directors of Let’s Breakthrough (USA) and the Board of Trustees of Breakthrough Trust (India) are pleased to announce the following major milestone in the growth of our organizations.  For more than twenty years, Breakthrough has worked in unity of mission between our two organizations to drive culture…

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Breakthrough’s THE G WORD Honored For Best Web: Activism In The 20th Annual Webby Awards.

April 5, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lynn Harris Phone: 212.868.6500 Email: New York, NY —April 5 – Breakthrough announced today that its multimedia storytelling platform THE G WORD has been honored for Best Web: Activism in the 20th Annual Webby Awards. Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts…

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April 11, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY April 11, 2016 Human rights group Breakthrough receives Skoll Award, will use funds to catalyze one million social change actors NEW YORK — Today, the Skoll Foundation announced that global human rights group Breakthrough has been awarded $1.25 million as a 2016 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship recipient. Breakthrough works to combat gender-based…

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