Michel’le’s Life Story Comes out in Time for Domestic Violence Awareness Month
10/16/2016 by Michaela Shelton
Everyone wonders why singer Michel’e wasn’t portrayed in the Oscar nominated movie Straight Outta Compton. Fans of NWA know that Michel’le was a huge part of Ruthless Records, being the first and only female artist on the label. Michel’le responded to the exclusion by deciding to tell her story. The made for television Lifetime movie “Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le,” aired on October 16, 2016.
In the movie, Michel’le explains her rise to fame as well as her abusive relationships with Dr. Dre and Suge Knight. I was a little shocked at how Dr. Dre was portrayed. Within the first 30 minutes of the movie, there was already a scene with domestic violence. There was domestic violence from Suge Knight portrayed as well, but Suge Knight’s past is more common knowledge, so I wasn’t surprised. In an interview with the Breakfast Club, Michel’le explained the severity of both men’s abuse, which led her to experience a dislocated jaw, a cracked rib and five black eyes. Fortunately, Michel’le is a survivor who is alive and able to tell her story. Overall, I think the movie was really good!
The fact that this movie debuted in October is very significant, because it is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This commemorative month was created to bring awareness to different kinds of domestic violence. Domestic violence can come in various forms including physical, sexual, emotional and economic abuse. Domestic Violence is a very important topic to discuss.
Many people are not aware, but there is a National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. According to the NCADV, “By taking a stand we intend to remind the nation that there are still countless people--victims and survivors, their children and families, their friends and family, their communities--impacted by domestic violence. We, all of us, should not stop until society has zero tolerance for domestic violence and until all victims and survivors can be heard’. Their extremely powerful vision is to” create a culture where domestic violence is not tolerated; and where society empowers victims and survivors, and holds abusers accountable”. The NCADV is a strong advocate on this issue and has an initiative called Take a Stand. Take a Stand is a call to action that was created in order to bring attention to the issue of domestic violence for Domestic Violence Awareness Month and throughout the entire year.
Domestic violence is a serious issue, that is not discussed as often as it should be. If you know someone in an abusive relationship, please convince them to get help. Here are a few statistics from the NCADV about domestic violence*. Please read these facts and share them, because you never know who might need this information (courtesy of NCADV.org):
More than 10 million Americans are victims of physical violence annually.
20 people are victims of physical violence every minute in the United States.
1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men is a victim of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner during their lifetimes
Almost half of intimate partner homicides are committed by dating partners.
Slightly more than half of intimate partner physical violence is reported to law enforcement.
In conclusion, I encourage everyone to watch the movie about the trials and tribulations of the singer Michel’ le. Even if you don’t know who she is and you are not familiar with NWA, her story is still very interesting and inspiring. If this movie does not convince you to get involved in Domestic Violence Awareness month, I don’t know what will.
Michaela Shelton is the Chief Lifestyle Editor of CSuiteMusic
Read more stories by Michaela at her blog