‘Simply the best’: Tina Turner’s activism

This week, legendary musician Tina Turner passed away after a long bout of illness. In her 83 years, she revolutionized soul and rock, earning the monicker, the ‘Queen of rock ‘n’ roll.’ But she was also renowned for campaigning against domestic violence.

In a recording career that spanned six decades, Turner found fame both as a solo artist and in a duo with her first husband, Ike Turner. Turner won six of her eight Grammy Awards in the 1980s. In that decade she landed a dozen songs in the Top 40, including “Typical Male,” “The Best,” “Private Dancer” and “Better Be Good to Me.”

She was busy off the stage as well. Being an abuse survivor at the hands of her ex-husband Ike, she advocated for those who have experienced domestic violence.

“Tina’s story is not one of victimhood but one of incredible triumph,” singer Janet Jackson wrote about Turner.

She was seen as an icon across eras and an inspiration for many. 

“Tina Turner showed others who lived in fear what a beautiful future filled with love, compassion, and freedom should look like,” actor Angela Bassett said. “Her final words to me – for me – were ‘You never mimicked me. Instead, you reached deep into your soul, found your inner Tina, and showed her to the world.’”

Charity check-in

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

Path Home. This organization helps families facing homelessness in Portland, Oregon. Find out more and support them here

Hope South Florida. They help people affected by homelessness across the tri-county South Florida. Find out more
National Coalition for the Homeless. They aid homeless people around the country through their many branches. Support them here.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Partnership for the Goals.