“BLACK WOMEN IN MEDICINE” documentary to screen before US Congress on June 22nd

Noted independent filmmaker, author and activist, Crystal R. Emery has been invited to WashingtonD.C. for a Congressional screening and panel discussion surrounding her film BlackWomen in Medicine, which has captured nationwide attention. The documentary, featuring tenacious trailblazer women who succeeded against the odds including Dr. Joycelyn Elders, the first African-American Surgeon General.” The informative and thought-provoking event, called “You Can’t Be What You Can’tSee,” will take place on June 22, 2017 at the National Academy of Sciences building and is presented in conjunction with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sen. Christopher Murphy, (D-CT), Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Rep. Sheila JacksonLee (D-TX), Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL), Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), and Rep.Terri Sewell (D-AL).


Held in conjunction with the National Academy of Medicine, “You Can’t Be What You Can’t See” will bring together thought leaders from the fields of STEM, equity and inclusion, economics and policymakers. Moderating the panel will be Veronica Nelson, Executive Director of Advancing Minority Interests in Engineering (AMIE). Participants will include Dr. Eugene DeLoatch, Founding Dean/Retired, Clarence Mitchell School of Engineering, Morgan State University, Sarah EchoHawk, CEO, American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Dr. Jennifer Ellis,


Written, directed, and produced by Emery, Black Women in Medicine addresses the nation-wide demographic disparity of minority physicians while paying tribute to pioneers in the field and showcasing recent graduates. The centerpiece of her groundbreaking “Changing The Face of STEM initiative. Emery developed the film as a way to illustrate how only four percent of all U.S. doctors are Black– and only two percent of them are women. The multi-faceted initiative campaign was created to stimulate growth in gender, diversity, and inclusion within the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.


“I am deeply honored to have the film and mission acknowledged by members of Congress and welcome this opportunity to discuss the need for more diversity and inclusion in medicine and other key STEM fields,” said Crystal R. Emery, Director of Black Women in Medicine. “My hope is that this will be a vital first step in empowering younger children to see that these careers are an option for them, and increase the percentage of women of color within the STEM industries.”


Emery herself has triumphed over two chronic diseases as a quadriplegic to become an outspoken voice on the intersection between race, gender and disability. She is the founder and CEO of URU The Right To Be, Inc., a nonprofit content production company that tackles social justice issues via film, theatre, publishing and other arts-based initiatives, and her work has been recognized by the Congressional Black Caucus with the Health Brain Trust Award in Journalism.


The Changing the Face of STEM Initiative has been a major success since its 2015 launch when it reached doctors, educators and thought leaders throughout the U.S. through a series of screenings of Black Women in Medicine that included informative question-and-answer sessions with physicians featured in the film, along with a signing of Against All Odds: Celebrating Black Women in Medicine, the biographical photo essay book penned by Emery. In 2016, the initiative’s far-reaching education tour targeted minority communities as it sought to build a legacy for increasing access to health care in the U.S. Moving forward, the main focus of “Changing the Face of STEM” will be on expanding the educational tour featuring film screenings, workshops and books for participants, to 20 cities in 2017 and 30 cities in 2018. The Initiative will also emphasize and address the lack of diversity and inclusion of Latino physicians in medicine.

About Black Women in Medicine

Black Women in Medicine is the first documentary to explore the history, contemporary issues, and future possibilities of African American women physicians by featuring the diverse voices of young medical students, practicing physicians, and elder trailblazers all of whom share intimate stories of what it means to be a Black Woman Doctor in America. This groundbreaking film includes rarely seen documentation of Black women practicing medicine during critical operations, emergency room urgent care, and community wellness sessions as well as in depth original interviews and compelling archival images. In telling the stories of women who have persevered in medical fields in part by overcoming barriers linked to race and gender, “Black Women in Medicine” provides audiences with a vivid and stunning experience of the triumph of the human spirit.

THE BOOK OF HENRY – Sarah Silverman and Naomi Watts Star in New Clip!


Sometimes things are not always what they seem, especially in the small suburban town where the Carpenter family lives. Single suburban mother Susan Carpenter (Naomi Watts) works as a waitress at a diner, alongside feisty family friend Sheila (Sarah Silverman). Her younger son Peter (Jacob Tremblay) is a playful 8-year-old. Taking care of everyone and everything in his own unique way is Susan’s older son Henry (Jaeden Lieberher), age 11. Protector to his adoring younger brother and tireless supporter of his often self-doubting mother – and, through investments, of the family as a whole – Henry blazes through the days like a comet. Susan discovers that the family next door, which includes Henry’s kind classmate Christina (Maddie Ziegler), has a dangerous secret – and that Henry has devised a surprising plan to help. As his brainstormed rescue plan for Christina takes shape in thrilling ways, Susan finds herself at the center of it.



Marvel will make its way to D23 Expo’s show floor from July 14­–16 with an exciting look at its upcoming film titles in the Marvel Studios Pavilion, featuring an array of props and costumes from the Studios’ upcoming slate, including Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, and more. Fans will also be able to enjoy all-new console and mobile Marvel Games, plus incredible exclusive content and announcements throughout the weekend!


In Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive the Grandmaster’s gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk. Fans will get an up-close look at the costumes and props from Thor: Ragnarok, as well as photo opportunities with exclusive set pieces from the film.


The incredible costumes from Black Panther will also be on display. Black Panther follows the journey of T’Challa after the events of Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War, where he returns to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader.


In addition to the exciting props and costumes on display, Marvel Studios will host multiple giveaways and events within its pavilion space in Hall B. Fans will get the chance to meet with Marvel Studios’ filmmakers, development team, and talent. Exclusive artwork will be given away daily, along with other surprises. Details on talent appearances and special signings will be made available on the D23 Expo app.


For the first time at D23 Expo, guests will be able to get their hands on the hottest new console and mobile games featuring favorite Marvel Super Heroes, playing as the world-famous Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, and more!

  • LEGO®Marvel Super Heroes 2 is an all-new, original adventure and sequel to the smash hit LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes. Bringing together iconic Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains from different eras and realities, along with signature LEGO humor, the latest epic adventure from TT Games transports players into a cosmic battle across myriad Marvel locations ripped from time and space into the incredible open hub world of Chronopolis.
  • Adding to the infinite excitement of D23 Expo,Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite will offer attendees hands-on opportunities with the next era of the highly revered action-fighting game series. Marvel and Capcom universes collide like never before as iconic characters team up for action-packed player-versus-player combat. Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite features a variety of exciting and accessible single-player modes and rich multi-player content for new players and longtime fans alike and will be released on September 19, 2017, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
  • Gazillion will offer a chance to play Marvel Heroes Omega and win fantastic prizes. Marvel Heroes Omega combines the core gameplay style of Action-RPGs and MMOs with an expansive library of heroes from the Marvel Universe. With thousands of hours of character progression and rewards, Marvel Heroes Omega comes packed with tons of replay value and a steady stream of new challenges with regular updates.
  • Netmarble is bringing its best to D23 Expo with MARVEL: Future Fight. Featuring 120 Marvel Super Heroes to choose from, players create teams of their favorites to fight for their future. D23 Expo attendees can try their hand at saving the universe.
  • Marvel Puzzle Quest is where the best in match-3 puzzle gameplay meets Marvel’s biggest Super Heroes and Super Villains in the most epic puzzle adventure game available on your phone, tablet, and PC. Marvel Puzzle Quest combines favorite Marvel characters with deep RPG leveling, player-versus-player tournaments, Alliances, and much more. Guests can unleash their inner Super Hero and wage war against their enemies. Learn more at


Marvel will present incredible panels during D23 Expo, including the fan-favorite Cup o’ Joe on Friday, July 14, at 1:15 p.m. in the D23 Expo Arena, featuring Chief Creative Officer of Marvel, Joe Quesada, in a no-holds-barred panel of everything Marvel! That same day at 6 p.m. on Stage 28, Marvel Animation presents a surprise-filled panel of sneak peeks, special guests, exclusive footage, and big announcements about the future of Marvel Animation on Stage 28. Details will be available on the D23 Expo app.


Ticketsfor D23 Expo 2017 are available for $81 for one-day adult admission and $59 for children 3–9. Membersof D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $72 for a one-day adult admission and $53 for children 3–9. Multi-day tickets are also available. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2017, visit

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