Produced, written, and directed in 1992-1993, Silence…Broken is an experimental narrative short about an African American lesbian’s refusal to be silent about racism, sexism and homophobia. Featuring the poetry of acclaimed poet Jourdan Keith, this video is dedicated to the memory of self defined Black Lesbian Feminist Warrior Mother Poet Audre Lorde who died in 1992 after a fourteen year battle with breast cancer. Aishah Shahidah Simmons created the video out of her own personal need to see on screen the internal and external struggle Black lesbians go through when they constantly fight against choosing between their race, their gender and their sexuality in a racist, sexist and homophobic society. Silence…Broken is strongly influenced by award-winning filmmaker Marlon Riggs’ masterpiece Tongues Untied about Black gay men. This is most evident in the juxtaposition of Jourdan Keith performing her poem "Which Stripe Am I?" against both literal and metaphorical images; and the use of looped spoken word as soundtrack.