HIV+ Playboy Playmate, Body Builder and Fitness Expert
At the age of 18, Rebekka became a Playboy Playmate after being chosen to be Miss September 1986, a culmination of her childhood dream. For the next four years, she led an exciting life as a Playmate, traveling, modeling, and attending star-studded parties. However, she was often tired and bruised easily. At the age of 22, she was diagnosed with HIV.
Dr. Terrence Roberts
Lessons from Little Rock
All the seats at the hamburger joint were reserved for white patrons, so 13 year old Terrence Roberts ordered food to go. While waiting, he impulsively sat down at the counter and then realized a hush had fallen over the place. Suddenly everyone seemed to be looking at him threateningly. He canceled his order and left. As he walked home, Roberts remembers wondering “what it would take for (him) to be treated like a real human being.”
Two years later, in 1957, he volunteered to be one of the ‘Little Rock Nine’ who desegregated Central High School, in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Not For Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade
The modern-day slave trade is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, enslaving more than 30 million individuals today. Slavery is wrapped up in almost every industry’s supply chain, tainting the food we eat, the clothes we buy and the electronics we love.
Combating this $32 billion-dollar-a-year industry takes enormous effort as well as a large framework of diligent abolitionists. David Batstone offers an inspiring and detailed look at the efforts of modern-day abolitionists and multiple pathways for getting involved, whether that means volunteer opportunities or simply shopping with social justice in mind.
Exploring Intersecting Identities Through Story
Eliaichi Kimaro initially went to Tanzania to document her family’s stories and her father’s tribal culture. But when she sat down with her Aunts, she unearthed stories about surviving violence that her Aunts never even shared with each other. By simply bearing witness to her aunts’ truth-telling, Kimaro catalyzed a healing process within her family and her community. The dialogue that began in a hut on Mt Kilimanjaro evolved into a documentary that is transforming the lives of viewers halfway around the world.
- 01/24/2017 Prof. Montgomery quoted in the Seattle Times
- The Art of Community featured on the Flywheel Podcast
Big Sonia wins best documentary feature at Napa Film Festival
Big Sonia, produced and directed by filmmaker Leah Warshawski, was recently screened at the Napa Film Festival where it received Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature as well as the Audience Award for Favorite Documentary Feature. In it’s review, The Hollywood Reporter states “Engaging and thoughtful, the winner of the Napa Valley Film Festival’s top documentary prize would be a strong addition to nonfiction lineups on the festival circuit and the small screen, as well as in niche theatrical settings.” Read the rest of the review here.
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