Flashpoint: Has #MeToo gone too far, Student loan doctor, Philly obituary project

Flashpoint
December 09, 2018 - 4:00 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about the Me Too Movement. Recently, Me Too creator Tarana Burke released a TedX Talk saying the movement is sometimes "unrecognizable."  Originally created a platform for survivors of sexual assault and abuse, some argue Me Too has shifted into a witch hunt and censor that has ruined reputations for minor transgressions. Recently, people have called for the banning of the song "Baby, It's Cold Outside" in the name of #MeToo, claiming it is too "rapey." Has Me Too lost its way?  Dr. Monique Howard, Executive Director of Women Organized Against Rape joins Temple Professor Gregg Feistman who is an expert in public relations and reputation management and Christine Flowers, an attorney and conservative radio talk show host and columnist.

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The Flashpoint newsmaker of the week is Sonia Lewis aka "The Student Loan Doctor."  She has experienced success and made national headlines helping thousands deal with their student loan debt.  According to the Federal Reserve, 44.2 million Americans carry an estimated $1.5 trillion in student loan debt and many are struggling to be able to afford their lives. Lewis and her team provide seminars, workshops and consultations to debtors on how to get deal with their finances.  More on Lewis and her company here: TheStudentLoanDoctorLLC.com.

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Our changemaker of the week is The Philadelphia Obituary Project, a non-profit that tells the stories of the lives behind the homicide statistics. Founder and executive director Cletus Lyman discusses the organization's creation, the hole it fills and why families of those lost to homicide are embracing its mission.  More at Phillyobitproject.com

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