Take a look at TV One’s new PSA on domestic violence featuring Lil Mama and the stars of When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story, Lance Gross, Tami Roman and director Tasha Smith. It will appear on the network during the premiere of the film TONIGHT!
Lil Mama portrays Falicia Blakely… a woman who lived a true life tragedy of a teen mom in Atlanta who found herself the victim of psychological manipulation and physical abuse at the hands of a man who claimed to love her. Instead, he encouraged her participation in a life of stripping, prostitution, robbery and ultimately, murder – all in the name of love.
Niatia “Lil’ Mama” Kirkland/ Photo RobinLori
Last week, I shared a photo recap of the LA red carpet premiere… but today I wanted to focus on the importance of spreading the word of “healing” and “safety”.
The PSA reveals that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of physical violence by an intimate partner, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Chief Communications Officer Cameka Crawford joined panel discussions at TV One film screenings in Atlanta, New Orleans, New York and Los Angeles to provide the audience with resources to get help if they know someone who may be in an abusive relationship.
Watch the Clip:
“Your instinct may be to ‘save’ them from the relationship, but it’s not that simple. Abuse is about power and control, so one of the most important ways you can help someone in an abusive relationship is to think about how you might empower them to make their own decisions,” says Crawford.
“You can also offer support by listening without judgment and reassuring them that the abuse is not their fault. If you need help starting the conversation, you can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or visit www.thehotline.org.”
Additionally, TV One partnered with Saving Our Daughters, an organization whose mission is to empower teenage girls from multicultural backgrounds through theater, music, film and television. The mission aims to help overcome many obstacles such as bullying (cyber, gossip, face-to-face), dating abuse, domestic violence and other esteem slayers.
Here’s a few pics I snapped at the premiere in LA. I’ve only seen Lil Mama perform “mostly” as a female rapper and watched her film CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story… seeing her grace the carpet was extremely refreshing as she looked AMAZING! She was equally graceful and happy to see all of her supporters. Can’t wait to tune in TONIGHT!
When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story premieres Monday, August 28 at 9 p.m. ET on TV One.