The production team for the film, "The Deadliest Disease in America."

The production team for the film,




Healthcare reform has become the Civil Rights issue of the 21st century.  Americans are talking about disparities, access to healthcare, and equal access to healthcare.  Yet what good does it do if you reform the healthcare system, and people of color are still denied quality care? 


What exactly does it mean to reform healthcare?  Who makes the decision, and are people of color involved in that decision-making process?  People talk about “disparities,” but disparities is a big word.  I find it to be a smokescreen.  People are afraid to follow the smoke and go to the fire—and the fire is racism.  It’s difficult just to get healthcare professionals to admit that there’s racism in healthcare, despite all of the uncontestable research documented in everything from the National Institute of Health to the Commonwealth Fund to the Agency for Health Research Quality to the Schulman Report.  The real, ugly truth that healthcare must face is that these disparities are just a symptom; the real disease is racism.


We ask you to join us to help complete the film, The Deadliest Disease in America.  Walk with us as we journey across America, to bring to the table all the stakeholders in the issue of healthcare reform.  Are you brave enough to be able to look at the racism in healthcare, and then to look at the racism within your own heart?  Do you have the courage to take a stand?  We are on the frontier of a revolutionary time in American history.  The Deadliest Disease and its accompanying workshops will be a part of that change through a national civic engagement tour.  There’s an African proverb: “It takes a village to raise a child.”  We invite you to join this village.


Our tour seeks to change the DNA of this diseased system.  It will reach healthcare consumers, community-based advocates, policy-makers and healthcare professionals in fifty different cities.  The mix of workshops for each locale will be individualized according to the organic issues existing in each city/community.  National television and Internet distribution will reach the general public. 


We will actively recruit stakeholders from multiple segments of the community so there is real dialogue that results in targeted solutions for concrete change.


This blog will be updated each Wednesday, as part of a broader online campaign to link documentary viewers and workshop participants with opportunities to get involved with The Deadliest Disease.


Please visit our website (www.urutherighttobe.org) for more information.


Follow us as we test the post-election waters and go about making change a reality. 



Crystal Emery

Producer/Director/Writer, The Deadliest Disease in America





8 Responses to “Welcome!”

  1. Tay Moss Says:

    Crystal, welcome to the world of blogging!

  2. Winter Says:

    Hi Crystal, the blog looks great. I read the article in the Register the other day. Congrats.

  3. Marie Says:

    Nothing you do amazes me. You do know that!!!
    God blesses all you do, no matter the test!

    Much love 2 ya

  4. Jaime Kuczewski Says:

    I am happy to be a part of the village! Your passion for your work is truly inspirational. I am hopeful that a united front for change will prove to be successful.
    Congratulations on all of your success!

  5. Cheryl Says:

    Hi Crystal,
    I saw your film last week in NYC and am looking forward to becoming more involved in some way. Your film is important and I am inspired by you and your team. Best of luck!

  6. Charlene Muhammad Says:

    Greetings Crystal:
    Thank you for the insightful muse regarding your conversation with one detractor.
    We have been blessed with the parable of the mustard seed for just such instances. A mustard seed is barely .0001 of an inch, yet that is all the faith it takes (so says the parable) to move a mountain.
    The best revolutionary changes come in small steps. President Obama is in his seat today because one small slave had the faith enough to believe that one day he-or she- would be free. And that thought, that faith, carried us through over 400 years of sojourn to see one of our own pronounced the leader of the free world.
    Let us not fall asleep now and believe that racism has ended. We must continue to speak to the disaparities of our culture so that the least of us are heard and the entire masses of us have been elevated to higher ground. And if we are not physically able to do this because of unequal treatment in the care of one’s health, then the society will continue to suffer from the dis-ease of the worst kind: racism.
    Go for it!

  7. Cynthia Garcia-Sallis Says:

    Hey my love:
    I am so overwhelmed by all that you do and the strength that you carry on your shoulders. I have been in your life for a very long, long time and each hurdle you overcome brings you a little closer to all that you want to accomplish.
    Congratulations on this wonderful and much needed project. I am here whenever you need me.
    Much love to all of you.

  8. Perri Storey Says:

    If you ever want to bring your film to the west coast, do let me know. I’d love to partner with you to make it happen.

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