Black Women in Medicine is the first feature film to chronicle the lives of women who challenge stereotypes, race, gender, class, and culture to achieve their dream of becoming physicians.

This groundbreaking documentary features the diverse voices of young medical students, physicians and trailblazers. It includes rarely seen images of Black women practicing medicine during critical operations, emergency room urgent care, and community wellness sessions.

Black Women in Medicine replaces negative, stereotypical imagery — the false and debasing historical narrative regarding race, ethnicity, gender and character — with positive images of successful Black women,” says director, screenwriter and producer Crystal R. Emery. “What’s especially remarkable about the film is that at a time when America is so divided, it doesn’t seek to shame our country. Rather, it offers an opportunity to celebrate the richness of our differences, seek viable solutions to the status quo, and inspire our next generations of doctors and researchers, but most importantly, it celebrates the triumph of the human spirit.”

For more information on the film and the print companion “Against All Odds: Celebrating Black Women in Medicine” visit changingthefaceofmedicine.org.


More about Crystal R. Emery

Crystal R. Emery is a producer, author and filmmaker known for producing socially-conscious stories that celebrate the triumph of the human spirit, a cause close to her heart as a quadriplegic who works to ensure that physical limitations don’t define her potential. She is also the founder and CEO of URU The Right To Be, Inc., a non-profit content production company that tackles social issues via film, theater, publishing, educational media and other arts-based initiatives. She is a member of the Producers’ Guild of America, New York Women in Film and Television and she sits on the committee of 100Kin10’s Increasing Women’s Visibility in STEM.

Crystal Emery with Cyn and Jen black women in medicine

WYSK co-founders Cynthia Hornig and Jen Jones with Crystal Emery at the 2018 Geena Davis Global Symposium on Gender in Media Summit.

Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including TIME and HuffPost. To date, her published works include the first two volumes of the Little Man children’s book series, Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo’s Mission to Pluto, Without a Trace, Against All Odds: Black Women in Medicine and Master Builders of the Modern World: Reimagining the Face of STEM.

Most recently, Emery conceived, designed and launched the innovative Changing the Face of STEM national educational initiative in 2015, which culminated in a Congressional forum in Washington attended by more than 300 STEM professionals, policy makers, educators, students and members of the press.

“Every day that I get out of bed I have to say ‘NO’ to fear, and ‘YES’ to life!”

Triumphing over two chronic diseases as a quadriplegic, Emery continues to shape a successful personal and professional life. She attributes her breakthrough as a producer and writer, and growth as a human being, to her participation in the classes taught by Guru Madeleine at The New School of Learning in New Rochelle, New York. Emery believes that faith and trust in a power greater than ourselves and perseverance is the road to success.

You can follow Crystal on Twitter. Bio source URU The Right To Be, Inc.