Teyana Taylor and Courtney Gilbert on The Aunties and making things happen in a male-dominated game

In the latest round of REVOLT’s “Stand Up For” series, presented by State Farm, host Gia Pepper sat down multi-talent artist Teyana Taylor-Shumpert and her longtime collaborator, dancer, and creative director Courtney “CoCo” Gilbert to talk about their brainchild, The Aunties — an all-female production company — the inspiration behind it, and what being Black in workspaces means to them.

“We in an industry where, at one point in time, almost like being pregnant was a burden… And just to watch artists go through that. How do we break that? How do we break that cycle?” Taylor says. “’Cause guess what? We’re going to keep getting to the coin, getting to the bag ’cause ain’t nobody gonna get to get it for us.”

Inspired by Sean “Diddy” Combs’ successful “State Of Emergency: The State of Black America & Coronavirus” town hall, “REVOLT BLACK NEWS” is a platform that is designed to report news from the perspective of Black people for Black people.

“When I started REVOLT, I always wanted to develop a platform to report the news from our perspective, from our lens, from our people, so I decided to launch ‘REVOLT BLACK NEWS.’” said Combs. “We’re here with solutions. We’ve already heard about what we can’t do, but this is what we can do.”


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