Domestic violence awareness

Singer, Advocate Carla Fleming sings her empowering song "Rise Again" in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month for students in the Performing Arts building on Oct. 24 Staff Photographer//Tamara M. Knox//tmrknox@gmail.comSinger, Advocate Carla Fleming sings her empowering song "Rise Again" in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month for students in the Performing Arts building on Oct. 24 Staff Photographer//Tamara M. Knox//tmrknox@gmail.com

A singer and songwriter  educated students on domestic violence Oct. 24 at City College’s Cultural Awareness Center.

Carla Fleming used her  singing career, her film documentary and her willingness to open up about domestic violence to  inspire others to have their voices heard. Fleming not only spoke about domestic violence but also expressed how she felt about the topic through singing.

“Once I wrote one song I was inspired to keep writing and writing,” says Fleming.

Fleming is originally from Chicago and was raised in the projects, where she was exposed to domestic violence.

“Everyone knows someone who has been affected by domestic violence,” says Fleming.

Fleming’s passion for educating people on domestic violence grew when her friend passed away. Shortly after, she was inspired to write a song that showed her emotion toward domestic violence.

As Fleming continued to feel strongly about domestic violence, her love for writing songs that sent powerful messages also started to grow. She began performing and recording her own original songs.

Fleming is now a domestic violence advocate and a local R&B artist.

From her inspiration of writing songs, Fleming decided to make a short documentary showing the live recording of the song “Weapons Down,” which features local R&B, rap, gospel singers and instrumentalists.

“I was really happy that I showed up, and I am a part of this,” says rap vocalist Money Tee, in the documentary. “I believe that this song is a song that is way overdue.”

Fleming was chosen to come to City College by Victoria Henderson, staff coordinator of the Cultural Awareness Center on campus.
“I selected Carla because I heard so much about her over the years, and I knew she was an advocate against domestic violence. That is something she is truly committed and dedicated to,” says Henderson.

To view Fleming’s video documentary or listen to her songs, please visit: www.carlafleming.com