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Creator Of The #WhyIStayed Hashtag Talks Her Abusive Relationship & Explains How She Left

September 11th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Creator Of The #WhyIStayed Hashtag

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Earlier today, we discussed the #WhyIStayed hashtag, created by domestic violence survivor Beverly Gooden.

Yesterday, Gooden sat down with Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” to discuss why she started the hashtag, provide more insight into the minds of battered women and explain how to go about safely leaving an abusive relationship. She was also joined by Dr. Phil who has spoken in front of Congress about the issue of domestic violence and whose wife, Robin McGraw, operates an organization dedicated to the issue, called the ASPIRE Initiative.

Robin Roberts led the segment with a statistic from the National Domestic Abuse Hotline which states that it takes an average of seven times before the victim leaves the abuser.

With that in mind, Roberts asked Gooden what happened the first time she tried to leave her ex husband.

“The first time I tried to leave him, he laid down in front of the door, the door to our apartment, and slept there the whole night so I couldn’t get out. So I didn’t leave.”

Then she explained what is often overlooked in these domestic violence situations.

“I think the main reason why I didn’t leave, and I think this is underestimated a lot, is that I loved him. I loved him. I believed in him. I believed what he said when he said he wouldn’t do it again. I trusted him. I was afraid of him. All of these reasons are invalidated a lot in the public eye as bad reasons why you stay. 

Fear is real. I was afraid of him because of the abuse. I was afraid that he would hurt me after I left. And all of those things are valid. And staying, although it may seem like a bad decision, sometimes, it’s the only decision a woman can make.” 

Dr. Phil was there to stress that women who find themselves in abusive relationships need to make sure that they attempt to leave when they feel it is most safe for themselves and their children, as many women end up being further abused or even killed when they try to escape from their partners.

“Because the abuser panics, it’s like I’m losing control. So they ratchet it up more and more and more. I would hate for this debate to spur women to just precipitously jump and either confront their abuser or leave without a plan.”

Dr. Phil explained that abusers frequently make it difficult for their victims to leave by isolating them away from people who could potentially help like family, friends, church members, coworkers, etc.

And he made sure to stress, “Abuse is not just physical, it’s all of the erosion of self worth and self esteem.”

Gooden said that she finally left when she started looking up tips on domestic violence websites like the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The sites advised her to start to save money and create a bag with clothing and toiletries, hidden away from your partner, so that when she was finally ready to leave she could do so as seamlessly as possible.

Gooden is now four years removed from her abusive marriage.

She explained to Roberts the reason why she created the hashtag and how she would like to see the conversation change.

“The reason that I started the hashtag was to give voice to the people out there who had their voice taken away for them to be able to speak their mind. I think was what bothered me most was the question was, that the question was ‘why did she stay’ and not ‘why did he hit her?’ And we do this across the board with violent situations. We do this with domestic violence by saying ‘why did she stay?’ We do this with rape with saying ‘why did she wear that?’ as if your clothing or your mere presence, gives someone the right to hurt you. So I think I really want to change the conversation from ‘why did she stay?’ to ‘why does he abuse?'”

You can watch Gooden’s full interview in the video below.


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She’s Rock’n! GMA’s Robin Roberts Opens Her Own Production Company

September 5th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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via press statement

via press statement

Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts is spreading her wings with the launch of her own production company.

“I’m thinking about my mom and dad,” Roberts said on GMA Wednesday. “They (always) wanted me to do this — to be on the creative end of things. I’ve been in broadcasting for over 30 years, so I’m very, very excited about it.”

Roberts’ company, Rock’n Robin Productions, plans to do documentaries, specials, and reality shows, reports The New York Daily News.  It will create original broadcast and digital programming.

Roberts already has a lineup of projects, including a news-driven documentary, a digital series for espnW, a Thanksgiving-themed special for ABC, and two reality show pilots. Among the first was Thursday’s edition of the espnW.com show “In the Game,” which Roberts will executive produce. For the segment, Roberts interviewed Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team.

Don’t worry, Roberts isn’t leaving GMA. While she will oversee the new company as president, she’s tapped ABC News executive John R. Green to run the daily operations at the production venture. Green will also remain at ABC News as executive producer of special programming.

“We have known each other for 15 years and worked on dozens of prime-time specials together. I’m thrilled to be partnering with him once again,” Roberts said of Green.

The company’s website, RocknRobin.tv, features behind-the-scenes footage and photos from all of Roberts’ projects along with a new blog, N’Courage, about Roberts.

“I’m blessed to be able to do even more of what I love to do and now reach an even broader audience with programming that will inspire, inform and entertain people,” said Roberts in a press release. “I’m very excited to get involved in the business and development side of production, and will spend a lot of time working with the team on the creative.”

Judge Rules That Robin Roberts’ Stalker Is Unfit To Stand Trial

September 2nd, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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A couple of months ago, we told you about a frightening incident involving a man who showed up to the studio where “Good Morning America” is filmed, threatening to harm anchor Robin Roberts on at least eight occasions between June 10 and June 24.

“When I see her I’m going to punch her in the face,” 43-year-old Troy Warren reportedly told Michael Centrella, the security director of “Good Morning America” during the last episode, which occurred on June 24th.

He was later arrested and charged with harassment and stalking. Bond was set at $3,000; however, Warren remained in police custody.

“Due to the defendant’s above described conduct Ms Robin Roberts fears for her physical safety and well-being,” court documents revealed.

After reviewing the results from psych exams performed on the suspect, Judge Erika Edwards ruled earlier today that Warren was unfit to stand trial, Page Six reports.

Warren’s attorney declined to comment on the judge’s ruling, but his next court date has been scheduled for September 17. This is such a scary situation. Hopefully Warren can receive the help that he needs while behind bars.

‘When I See Her I’m Going To Punch Her In The Face:’ Robin Roberts Stalker Arrested

July 31st, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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We’re not sure what’s up with folks wanting to harm ABC’s on-air personalities, but another “Good Morning America” host has been targeted by a deranged stalker.

According to PageSix, Troy Warren, 43, has been accused of showing up to GMA’s Times Square studio and making serious threats against veteran anchor Robin Roberts. Officers say that Warren attempted to go after Roberts at least eight times and that even threatened to hit her in the face.

“When I see her I’m going to punch her in the face,” he reportedly told Michael Centrella, the security director of “Good Morning America” at 8 am June 24th.

Warren has since been arrested and is being held on $3,000 bond.

“Due to the defendant’s above described conduct Ms Robin Roberts fears for her physical safety and well-being,” court documents revealed.

It’s currently unclear why Warren chose to target Roberts, of all people, but we’re guessing that he may be suffering from some mental issues. Earlier this month, a man showed up to the very same studio with a knife and threatened to harm GMA host Michael Strahan.

“I was there to kill Michael Strahan,” Andre Johnson, 25, reportedly said after being taken into police custody.

We’re glad Robin is okay.

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Out And Proud: Prominent LBTQ Black Women Part Two

June 28th, 2014 - By Deron Dalton
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 LBTQ Black Women Part Two

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It’s the end of Pride Month, which in New York City is known as Gay Pride Weekend and where the Gay Rights Movement started on June 28, 1969 with the Stonewall Riots. MadameNoire has a list of more black women who have helped paved the way for being gay, black and woman.

These famous black women are out and proud and some are major LGBTQ advocates and activists.

Like 15 previous famous and prominent black women MN covered who have broke down barriers, these black women are part of a growing list of out and proud celebrities, gay celebrities of color and celesbians.

Mind Ya Business: Robin Roberts Responds To Critics Who Say She Should Have Come Out Sooner

April 15th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: Good Housekeeping

You just can’t win with some people. Robin Roberts, who came out earlier this year, spent her entire professional career never acknowledging her sexuality to the viewing public. But (and I’m assuming here) when a person battles life threatening diseases, that can put a new perspective on things. So when Robin went through her latest battle with myelodysplastic syndrome she took the time to acknowledge the people she loved and had been a source of encouragement and support and that included her longtime partner Amber Laign.

Though rumors had been swirling for a while about Robin’s personal life there were a few who were taken aback. And then there were those who had known all a long and still found fault in Robin’s coming out. They weren’t homophobic, instead they felt she should have come out sooner… like it was their life she was living.

Either way, in a recent interview with Good Housekeeping, Roberts addressed the critics.

“News flash: Some people like their anonymity. This is what’s right for me. Love is love, and I’m grateful to have that. Sometimes there’s a stigma attached to how people view you if you’re living a certain way. But I don’t care — you gotta live your life. You gotta find what happiness is and what it means for you, and you can’t get caught up in what someone is saying about you on Twitter. You don’t go through a year like I did to not be happy and not make your own choices.”

Boom.

Let ‘em know Robin. If people could just learn to worry about themselves, the world would be a much better place.

What do you think about Robin’s response? Do you believe she should have spoken about her sexual orientation sooner?

You can read the rest of Robin’s interview over at Good Housekeeping. 

Robin Roberts Opens Up About Why She Didn’t Talk About Her Girlfriend Sooner

April 14th, 2014 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Robin Roberts opened up about “long time girlfriend” Amber for the first time on December 29, 2013 when she thanked Amber for her support after enduring a bone marrow transplant a year before. Amber, a massage therapist from the San Francisco Bay Area, met Roberts through a mutual friendship and they’ve been together for a decade. While the Good Morning America host received an outpouring of support, a few bashed her for keeping her same-sex relationship a secret. Roberts had a few choice words for these critics, The Huffington Post reports.

“Others, though, were asking, ‘Why didn’t you say something about her before? Why are you only recognizing her now?” Roberts said in an interview with Good Housekeeping. “News flash: Some people like their anonymity. This is what’s right for me.”

“Love is love, and I’m grateful to have that. Sometimes there’s a stigma attached to how people view you if you’re living a certain way. But I don’t care — you gotta live your life. You gotta find what happiness is and what it means for you, and you can’t get caught up in what someone is saying about you on Twitter. You don’t go through a year like I did to not be happy and not make your own choices,” she continued.

As for her health, the Good Morning America host says she doesn’t know what tomorrow may bring, but she’s taking it one day at a time — filled with optimism.

“I’m grateful I had the strength to fight. It takes courage to believe the best is yet to come, especially when you are flat on your back and don’t know if you’re going to see tomorrow…I believe optimism is a choice — a muscle that gets stronger with use. Right foot, left foot…just keep moving,” Roberts said, according to USA Today.

Robin Roberts Set To Be Guest Judge On ‘Dancing With the Stars’

March 29th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts will be doing a little moonlighting. She will be a guest judge on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. Roberts will appear on the show next Monday, sitting beside the regular panelists at the judges’ table. She’s will be the first of various guest judges set to appear on the celebrity talent show this season. Others include Ricky Martin and Redfoo from the band LMFAO.

Roberts appearance will be a win-win for both shows. “Good Morning America usually gets a ratings boost when contenders from Dancing With the Stars appear for interviews, a big help in its own competition with the Today show,” reports The Grio.

“I’m really taking it seriously,” Roberts said on Good Morning America (via USA Today). “I’m going to have fun, but I’m really taking it seriously. Getting advice from people. Going to get out there early so I can study all the dancers.”

Do you think Roberts will make a good judge? We’re not familiar with any dance experience that she has, but judging some of the contestant’s moves doesn’t really require a dance background.

Extra, Extra Read All About It: Celebrities Who Announced They’re Gay

February 18th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Coming out to your family and loved ones certainly isn’t always an easy thing to do, but these entertainers took it once step further and told the world. Check out this list of celebrities who announced they’re gay.

Celebrities Who Announced They’re Gay

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Ellen Page

In 2007, Ellen Page had a breakout role in the sleeper film Juno, starring as a high school student that was going through an unplanned pregnancy. The role earned her nominations for a Golden Globe and an Oscar. While she went on to star in the blockbuster films Inception and X-Men: The Last Stand, Page stole the show this past Valentine’s Day at the Human Rights Campaign’s “Time To Thrive” conference by announcing she’s gay. During the emotional speech, Page said she hoped her coming out would make a difference with others struggling to do the same thing.

Robin Roberts Sheds Tears Over Girlfriend On GMA: “I Have Never Been Happier Or Healthier”

January 6th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Robin Roberts Talks About Girlfriend

It was just a week ago that “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts let the world know she has been in a relationship with a woman for some time now when she thanked her “longtime girlfriend” in an end of the year Facebook post, now the 53-year-old is opening up even more and talking about her partner on national television. This morning, while recapping her weekend celebrating her niece’s’s wedding, Robin pointed out that her girlfriend Amber was in attendance with her and her entire family and when George Stephanopoulos asked Robin what’s been the response to her coming out, she stated through tears:

“I have never been happier or healthier than I am right now. My year-end post was full of gratitude and telling everyone all that I am grateful for, including my girlfriend Amber who loved me through a very difficult year. I’m very happy for the support.”

Of course Robin wasted no time changing the subject after sharing those very personal sentiments, but we have no doubt Amber appreciated that. Check out all she said in the video below.

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