Couple Ruins Woman’s Career Then Cries Racism When Confronted
It all started when April Marie Sellars sent out a critical email and facebook message to couple Jinah Parker and Real World Star, Kevin Powell.
The critique called out Parker for being hypocritical since she was doing an interpretive dance act about sexual violence yet she was with Powell.
“You are being a hypocrite. How can you present a message via dance on sexual violence, but knowingly choose to marry an admitted woman beater?!” the woman wrote. “Kevin Powell admits that he can relapse into violence. Don’t be deceived and trade your safety for someone who can assault you.”
The email was signed: “April Sellers.”
The couple did not take this well and looked up the local April Sellars and pounced slandering her name. They did this without thinking that there might be more than one April Sellars.
“In response, the couple launched a campaign against the Minneapolis Sellers, declaring her messages “hateful, racist, sexist, mean-spirited, disrespectful, and so much more.”
The couple wrote a 1,200-word “open letter” that falsely accused Sellers of interfering with their marriage and dance production and also accused her of using a false identity to spread rumors. They e-mailed the letter to dozens of Twin Cities journalists, artists and arts group employees, including the Star Tribune, Minnesota Public Radio, Walker Art Center and the Minnesota State Arts Board, Sellers said.”
“For you, as a so-called progressive White woman, to think it’s okay to send a note like that to a Black woman, about her relationship with her Black husband, speaks to a kind of racist privilege and racist condescension deeply steeped in the history of this country.”
“The couple, speaking to Sellers in the e-mail, said they were “sharing this response widely, across various communities in Minnesota and nationally because we feel people like you are dangerous to yourself and to others.”
The victim April Sellars upon hearing this news tried to email the couple multiple times to clear her name and explain that she was not the one who had contacted them. But the couple did not respond, instead, they continued with their attack.
Sellars, also an interpretive dancer, had to close up shop and retreat as her reputation was ruined.
“I was scared for my safety because they had done research and put personal information in the e-mail,” Sellers said. “I felt like my life was over.”
“Before Powell and Parker sent out the e-mail, Sellers’ career was reaching its peak. She had created 60 original works, been awarded several residencies and was named one of City Pages’ Artists of the Year in 2017. She had just finished mentorship programs in Seattle and New York City to prepare for her national tour.”
A year later Sellars sued the Hateful couple and won in court. They found April Marie Sellars the writer of the critique. It turns out she lived in Cleveland, Ohio. The couple had wrongly figured that it had to have been a local attack out of Minneapolis.
You’d think the couple would have apologized, accepted they were wrong. But it turns out they don’t have that level of class. So they instead pulled the racism card. They started a Gofund me account to attempt to cover the court costs and $210,000 they had been ordered to pay in damages.
“I also need funds for a possible and absolutely necessary appeal,” Powell wrote. “Here we are in a majority White city and state, Minneapolis, Minnesota, two Black folks from New York City, going up against a White woman with an all-White jury. You can only imagine our trauma around this situation.”
“Regardless if we had proof or not, what we do have proof of is the historical reality of being a person of color in America and having people talk to you in any kind of foul way and thinking it’s okay, even in the state of Minnesota that’s supposed to be liberal and progressive,” Powell said.
Wow. Can you believe this guy? He ruined the reputation of an innocent woman and somehow he is not to blame for his own actions. But I guess this is not farfetched behavior from a guy that has been known to beat on women.
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