CLBR #296: Darieth Chisolm and 50 Shades of Silence

Darieth Chisolm and 50 Shades of Silence


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IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU . . .  Imagine waking up one day to find harassing meme’s, nude pictures and videos of yourself online. Images that you were not aware existed, you did not approve of and have no control of removing. The person who committed this atrocious act, you once lived with and loved, lives in a different country and wants to humiliate you and destroy your reputation – and no legislation or law enforcement can prevent this from occurring or ensure those pictures are removed.

Darieth Chisolm is an Emmy Award-winning TV host and interviewer and it happened to her.   She fought back.

After months of isolation, suffering in shame and silence, I rose from this very humiliating, painful and potentially professionally damaging incident.  I’ve created a global movement called 50 Shades of Silence, to bring voice and dignity to victims of cyber harassment and online crimes.

Specifically, 50 Shades of Silence aims to advocate for stricter laws and tougher enforcement for cyber sexual crimes, encourage the accountability and responsiveness among online companies, promote social responsibility for texting, posting and sharing online, and restore dignity and respect to victims and survivors.

The project includes an upcoming documentary, anthology, and website with resources and a social media awareness campaign.

For her efforts, she was named one of our 2017 Heroes and last week she received Pittsburgh Business Times 2018 Woman of Influence Award.

View the 50 Shades of Silence Trailer:

We will discuss:

  • Darieth’s journey from news anchor to victim of revenge porn
  • The challenges she faced as a victim of digital rape – especially dealing with two separate legal systems (United States and Jamaica)
  • Fighting Back with 50 Shades of Silence
  • The 50 Shades of Silence Documentary and IndieGoGo campaign
  • Strategies for victims to respond to revenge porn



Website / Twitter: @50Silence @DariethChisolm  / IndieGoGo Page

Darieth has worked in television and media for over 30 years. She is an Emmy Award-winning TV host and interviewer, with multiple Emmy nominations. Darieth served as the prime time news anchor for NBC WPXI in Pittsburgh and hosts the nationally televised and Emmy Award-winning show IQSmart Parent at PBS WQED. Darieth has received much recognition and praise from organizations for her work in media from The New Pittsburgh Courier Women of Excellence, WAMO Radio, Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, Pennsylvania Associated Press, and Pittsburgh Magazine.

In business and in the community, Darieth has received two proclamations from the City of Pittsburgh, two proclamations from Allegheny County and a special recognition from the Senate of Pennsylvania for making an outstanding difference and profound impact in Pittsburgh.

She has been presented awards for her work with small business owners by the U.S. Small Business Administration and several Chambers of Commerce.

Darieth is celebrated as of the Top 10 Trailblazer in Communications by Walker’s Legacy and was nominated as Entrepreneur of the Year with Style Week in Pittsburgh. Darieth formed Jumpfly Media Inc, a multimedia and coaching business and produced her top rated online video podcast show, Hustle & Heart TV (see sizzle reel below). It was a Top 10 Finalist for the 2015 Podcast Awards for Best Video Podcast and was ranked #1 on iTunes for over two months with subscribers and viewers in several different countries. She was recently recognized as a SHERO Award Recipient for empowering women to stand, speak and show up. She is also a contributing writer for Inspiring Lives and Women of More magazines.

Darieth is also the author of HUSTLE: Why Now is the Time to Unleash Your Passion and a successful network marketer, becoming the 54th highest paid distributor with It Works Global, a network marketing company with over 70 thousand representatives.


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