Tarana Burke
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United States

Girls for Gender Equity


Senior Director

Burke emerged on the national stage seemingly overnight, but she’d spent years as a community organizer and social-justice activist in New York and elsewhere before the Harvey Weinstein scandal galvanized the movement that Burke christened #MeToo in 2017 and made a previously hush-hush topic watercooler conversation. She encouraged women to come forward with long-repressed memories of sexual assault and harassment at the hands of powerful men by telling her own story of debilitating workplace inequity. She has seized the moment to become a sought-after public speaker on college campuses about sexual violence and gender equality. Long before #MeToo took root, she founded and remains the director of Just Be Inc., a New York-based nonprofit focused on assisting teen girls of color find their voice.


  • Just Be, Inc.
  • National Voting Rights Museum (Selma, AL)
  • Art Sanctuary in Philadelphia


  • Alabama State University (AL, USA)
  • Auburn University (AL, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • New Power of New York
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact
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Tarana Burke, Mervyn Marcano Ink Overall Deal with CBS Studios

Tarana Burke, Mervyn Marcano Ink Overall Deal with CBS Studios

#MeToo movement founder and activist Tarana Burke and her producing partner Mervyn Marcano have struck an overall producing deal with CBS Studios to develop scripted, unscripted and documentary projects for linear television and streaming platforms.Their entity Field/House Productions will serve to develop and produce stories that "embrace complexity and highlight underrepresented voices," with the aim of championing "narratives driven by storytellers who represent 'the rest of us.'"“In our quest to partner with compelling storytellers, Tarana and Mervyn stand out,” said...


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