If the early success of the OWN network show Queen Sugar is any indication, it’s that 2016 is the year of black female filmmakers and storytellers. Crystal R. Emery is the latest to join the ranks of Ava Duvernay, Shonda Rhimes and Issa Rae with Black Women in Medicine, a documentary that shows the unsung journeys of black female doctors who have risen above inequality to excellence to become leaders in their fields. HerAgenda.com reports that the project’s Indiegogo page has gathered at least 71 backers, who have funded 26% of the campaign. Emery says the film addresses how gender and race intersect within several women’s paths to become medical doctors and their rise above inequality and discrimination. Emery admits however that she originally didn’t think the film would get much attention…
Former Klan Leader’s Name Removed From University Of Oregon Dorm Hall
To finally align themselves with their said values, University of Oregon has decided to change the name of their Frederic Dunn campus dorm because of the actions of the man whom the dorm was named after. Dunn moonlighted as an exalted cyclops, which is a term used by the Klan to identify their leaders. Dunn, who’s an alum of the University, also served as a Classics Professor while a leader in a local Klan unit. Despite the Board of Trustees decision, alumnus David Igl was reportedly in favor of keeping Dunn’s name because of his Samaritan involvement with the YMCA. Igl argued Dunn was “unwillingly” persuaded to be a part of the KKK. Other students, like Quinn Haaga who serves as the student body president, believe the decision will shift the campus climate to be more inclusive.
NCAA Removes Championships From North Carolina Over “Anti LGBT” Bathroom Law
North Carolina‘s controversial HB2 continues to hit them in the pockets. The NCAA has announced that they are pulling all championship events from the state until it’s government repeals the law. In a statement released on Monday, the NCAA said they are relocating seven of their planned championship events, citing that the HB2 law better known as the “bathroom law” is discriminatory. Per statement: Based on the NCAA’s commitment to fairness and inclusion, the Association will relocate all seven previously awarded championship events from North Carolina during the 2016-17 academic year. The NCAA Board of Governors made this decision because of the cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections. In its decision Monday, the Board of Governors emphasized that NCAA championships and events must promote an inclusive atmosphere for all college athletes, coaches, administrators and fans. ..