PRESIDENT OBAMA APPOINTS 2009-2010 CLASS OF WHITE HOUSE FELLOWS
WASHINGTON, DC – The White House announced today the appointment of 15 outstanding men and women to serve as White House Fellows. The 2009-2010 class of White House Fellows represents a diverse cross-section of professions including medicine, business, media, education, non-profit and state government, as well as two branches of the U.S. military. The 2009-2010 class of Fellows and their biographies are included below.
“We are thrilled that these exceptional men and women will be joining us here in Washington for the next year,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “The program not only allows for a variety of perspectives to come together, offering expertise and experience to benefit the administration’s efforts, but these Fellows in turn carry what they’ve learned to their own communities to benefit Americans far beyond the walls of the White House.”
The White House Fellows Program was created in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson to give promising American leaders “first hand, high-level experience with the workings of the Federal government, and to increase their sense of participation in national affairs.” This unique position in our nation’s government encourages active citizenship and service to the nation. The Fellows also take part in an education program designed to broaden their knowledge of leadership, policy formulation, military operations, and current affairs. Community service is another important component of the program, and Fellows participate in service projects throughout the year in the Washington, DC area. Since 1964, over 600 outstanding American men and women have participated in the White House Fellows program, each chosen because of their extraordinary leadership ability and service to others.
Selection as a White House Fellow is highly competitive and based on a record of remarkable professional achievement early in one’s career, evidence of leadership potential, a proven commitment to public service, and the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute successfully at the highest levels of the Federal government. Throughout its history, the program has fostered leaders in many fields including Admiral Dennis Blair, Director of National Intelligence, former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, retired U.S. Army General Wesley Clark, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, U.S. Senator Sam Brownback, U.S. Representative Joe Barton, writer Doris Kearns Goodwin, former Travelocity CEO Michelle Peluso, former CNN Chairman and CEO Tom Johnson, former Univision President Luis Nogales, and U.S. Court of Appeals Judges M. Margaret McKeown and Deanell Tacha.
Additional information about the White House Fellows program is available here: www.whitehouse.gov/fellows.
2009-2010 Class of White House Fellows
Mehret Mandefro, 32. Hometown: Alexandria, VA. Mehret Mandefro is a primary care physician and HIV prevention researcher. She most recently was a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania and a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. Her research addresses the intersection of violence prevention and HIV prevention and the application of digital media in translating research. She completed a Primary Care internal medicine residency at Montefiore Hospital where she founded a nonprofit called TruthAIDS that is focused on health literacy efforts among vulnerable populations. Mehret is the managing editor for www.truthaids.org and conducts workshops on HIV prevention, health disparities, and the public health uses of media nationally and internationally as part of TruthAIDS’ outreach efforts. Her ethnographic work about HIV positive women’s lives in the South Bronx and Ethiopia is the subject of a full-feature documentary film entitled All of Us, which premiered on Showtime Networks for World AIDS Day and is used nationwide by community-based organizations and universities as an educational tool. Mehret received a BA cum laude in Anthropology and a Medical Doctorate from Harvard University, and a Masters of Science in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as a Fulbright Scholar.
Laura Bacon, 29. Hometown: Weymouth, MA. Laura Bacon is a recent graduate of Harvard Kennedy School, where she studied political and economic development on a Reynolds Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship. While at Harvard, Laura served as a Technical Advisor and Researcher for Liberia’s Women’s Legislative Caucus, helping draft gender parity legislation. As a Cultural Bridge Fellow, Laura worked at Liberia’s Ministry of Gender and Development, where she closely advised the Minister, wrote speeches for Ministry leadership, and designed leadership workshops for senior management. Laura was a Research Fellow at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership, where she co-authored several works, including the National Leadership Index: A National Study of Confidence in Leadership and a chapter in Women and Leadership: The State of Play and Strategies for Change. Laura has also conducted research for US News & World Report’s “America’s Best Leaders” project. Laura was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger, where she was the National Coordinator of the Young Girls’ Scholarship Program and founded a community-run grain bank. A cycling enthusiast, she has completed AIDS rides from New York to Boston and across Niger. Laura performed as a cellist in the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and her photography has been featured in several exhibitions, publications, and calendars. She graduated with honors from Harvard College, Phi Beta Kappa, with an A.B. in Psychology.
Nicole Campbell, 30. Hometown: Brooklyn, NY. Nicole Campbell is Vice President of the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation where she has developed and executed the Foundation’s education investment strategy. In her role, Nicole attracted new, external financial support and created innovative ways for the Bank to meet its Community Reinvestment Act obligations. She created College Ready Communities which facilitates partnerships between housing developers, local education advocacy organizations, and public schools to improve academic outcomes in low-income neighborhoods. Nicole has recruited partners ranging from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to the New York City Department of Education. Her prior experience includes work with the New York City Department of Education as well as with government and nonprofit organizations in the Dominican Republic, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Nicole is a founding board member of Achievement First Brownsville, a charter school in Brooklyn, New York. She received a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School where she founded the annual Harvard Black Policy Conference and received the Julius E. Babbitt Alumni Award for Service. Nicole received her B.A. from Amherst College where she received the John Woodruff Simpson Fellowship and was a two time NCAA Division III National Triple Jump Champion in Track & Field.
Jonathan Finer, 33. Hometown: New Haven, CT. Jonathan Finer was a correspondent for The Washington Post. He has reported on conflicts in Iraq, Gaza, Georgia/Russia and Israel/Lebanon. He spent more than 18 months based in Baghdad, and was embedded with the U.S. Marines during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He also covered the 2004 U.S. presidential campaign. Prior to the Post, Jon spent a year reporting and editing for the Far Eastern Economic Review, a Hong Kong news magazine, as a Henry Luce Foundation Scholar. He received the 2002 Young Journalist Award from the Society of Publishers in Asia. While on leave from the Post, Jon earned his J.D. in 2009 from Yale Law School, where he founded the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, an organization that advocates on behalf of civilians who fled the war. A Rhodes Scholar, he earned an M.Phil in International Relations from Oxford in 2001 and an undergraduate degree from Harvard in 1999. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Truman Security Fellow. Jon was raised in Norwich, Vermont, where his parents still live, and has three younger siblings.
Zheng Huang, 32. Hometown: San Jose, CA. Zheng Huang is a co-founder of Business Connect China, a provider of expert consultation, market intelligence, advisory services, and investments for the China market. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director at Intel Corporation, responsible for Intel’s telecommunications business in China. Under his leadership, Intel struck a number of collaborations and partnerships in China that successfully charted a new path for long term technology standards cooperation and intellectual property resolution between US and China. He holds a MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School, as well as a M.S. in Computer Science (elected President of Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honors Society), a B.S. in Industrial Engineering, and a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University. While at Stanford, he founded the Stanford Society of Asian American Engineers, sending Stanford students to Asia to work with their university counterparts on entrepreneurial projects and selecting student leaders to participate in week-long summits to discuss high technology trends across the Pacific. Today, offshoots of SSAE have established chapters in 15 universities across ten countries. He has lived and worked in Germany (for Bosch), Japan (for Hitachi), India (for Infosys), and China and traveled to over 40 countries.
Kellee James, 32. Hometown: Chicago, IL. Kellee James is an Economist at the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX). Her responsibilities include research, state-level public policy outreach and business development at the United States’ first greenhouse gas emissions exchange and cap-and-trade system. Prior to joining CCX, Kellee worked for the World Bank as part of its technology group, as well as for the Inter-American Foundation where she evaluated agriculture, tourism and microfinance projects in Brazil, Mexico and Honduras. Kellee is a co-founder and Board member of Levantamos, a non-profit that works to develop partnerships between Americans and Brazilians of African descent. She also currently serves on the Board of Net Impact, a membership organization of over 12,000 MBA professionals committed to sustainability through corporate responsibility; and is a Fellow with the Truman National Security Project, a leadership training institute. Kellee is a lifelong equestrian, and has trained in the discipline of show jumping under the direction of a former U.S. Olympian. She received her MBA and MA in International Development from American University in Washington, D.C., and completed a BA in Spanish and International Studies from the University of Kentucky.
Sarah Johnson, 29. Hometown: Lexington, KY. Sarah Johnson is a Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows, where she pursues research at the nexus of biology and planetary science. For the past two years, Sarah has helped develop a life detection instrument for a future mission to Mars; prior to that, she completed field seasons in Antarctica, Australia and Madagascar, conducted research at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, and worked at mission control for the NASA Opportunity and Spirit Mars Rovers. Her publications address topics ranging from global warming on early Mars to biodiversity in inaccessible ecosystems on Earth, and in 2007 she published a paper announcing the discovery of the world’s oldest living organism. Sarah also co-founded Common Hope for Health, a non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating healthcare deficiencies in Kenya, and she serves as a consultant at United Nations climate change negotiations. She is a Goldwater, Truman and Rhodes Scholar, and a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow. She holds a B.A. in mathematics and environmental studies from Washington University in St. Louis, a second B.A. in philosophy, politics and economics and an M.Sc. in biology from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in planetary science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Rob Lyman, 38. Hometown: Walkersville, MD. Rob Lyman is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force. His sixteen year career includes a tour as a squadron commander, plus deployments throughout Southwest and Central Asia. He has served at the U.S. Central Air Forces Combined Air Operations Center supporting Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan and as the Director of Communications for a deployed Joint Special Operations Task Force. As a Captain he was selected for the Air Force Intern program, where he received his master’s degree in organizational management from George Washington University. Rob has been a consistent community volunteer with youth leadership organizations and has supported scholarships for technical education. He has received the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal twice, and was presented the 2008 Leadership Award by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, International. A graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, he holds additional qualifiers as a Strategist, Joint Planner, and Air Operations Officer. He was an Air Force ROTC cadet at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. His military decorations include three awards of the Bronze Star Medal.
Anish Mahajan, 34. Hometown: Poughkeepsie, NY. Anish Mahajan is an internist and health services researcher. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and completed a Master of Science in Health Services at UCLA. Dr. Mahajan is committed to the ideal that health policy formulation should be informed by scientific evidence and stakeholder engagement. He has led innovative research collaborations between academic, government, and relevant stakeholder organizations on an array of domestic and international health policy issues. He has given presentations and published numerous peer-reviewed articles on topics including HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, the private sector response to the South African AIDS epidemic, high-deductible health plans, and adherence to medications for chronic illnesses. His work has addressed health care challenges in the U.S., India, and South Africa and he has previously served as a consultant to The Ford Foundation and RAND Corporation. Dedicated to public service, he is currently serving a 2-year term as a publicly elected council member on a City of Los Angeles neighborhood council. He is Vice-Chair on the council’s Public Policy Committee. Anish received a B.A. in Public Policy and M.D. from Brown University. He also earned a M.P.H. in International Health from Harvard School of Public Health.
Annie Maxwell, 30. Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA. Annie Maxwell is the Chief Operating Officer of Direct Relief International, a nonprofit that through humanitarian assistance improves the quality of life for people affected by poverty or disasters in 59 countries including the U.S. Annie joined Direct Relief in 2002 and now oversees the day-to-day activities of the organization. From 2005 to 2006, Annie was seconded to the United Nation’s Office of the Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, led by Special Envoy President Bill Clinton. She served as Partnerships and Outreach Officer, focusing on environmental issues and the role of NGOs in the recovery effort. Annie served as chair and vice chair of the Alumni Board of Governors at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy and as a member of the founding Board of Directors for the nonprofit Wizzy Digital; she also volunteers as a youth volleyball coach. In 2007 she was selected for the Marshall Memorial Fellowship. Annie received her Master’s in Public Policy and B.A. in English and Political Science, Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Michigan. She attended the university on a full athletic scholarship and was captain of the university’s Division I volleyball team.
Emil Michael, 36. Hometown: Miami Beach, FL. Emil Michael is Founder and President of Venture Consulting. He works with promising technology start-ups on their business strategy, corporate development activities and executive recruiting. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President of Field Operations at Tellme Networks where he led various departments throughout his tenure including account management, business and corporate development, legal, procurement, project management and sales. Starting with Tellme while operating out of a garage in 1999, he helped grow the company to over 350 employees and $100 million in annual revenue through its acquisition by Microsoft in 2007. He was also an investment banker with Goldman Sach’s Communication, Media and Entertainment Group from 1998 to 1999. Emil is the Founder of Twin Lakes Investments, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to teach families how best to save for college by providing individualized mentoring and matching funds. Leveraging his experience as an immigrant from Egypt, Emil counsels immigrant families on how best to assimilate to America. He speaks Arabic and passed both the New York State Bar Exam and the NASD Securities License 7 exam. Emil received his B.A. in Government cum laude from Harvard University and his J.D. from Stanford University where he graduated with honors.
Kendric Robbins, 38. Hometown: Albion, ME. Kendric Robbins is a Major in the United States Army. He has held a variety of staff and command positions throughout his fifteen year career. Most recently, he served as the operations officer and later executive officer of Task Force 2-6 Infantry while deployed to Iraq. Prior to that he commanded a cavalry troop serving as part of the NATO Stabilization Force in Bosnia, and as a platoon leader, he operated a remote observation post on the Macedonian and Serbian border conducting UN peacekeeping operations. Ken also served as an assistant professor and executive officer in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point, were he taught courses on American politics and mentored future officers. In addition to his professional pursuits, Ken ran the Boston Marathon twice to bring attention to the plight of homeless veterans and is a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic charitable organization. He earned a B.S. in American Politics from the United States Military Academy and an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government where he was recognized for academic and leadership excellence. Ken and Heidi Robbins are the proud parents of two girls.
Marc Sternberg, 36. Hometown: New York, NY. Marc Sternberg is the Founder and Principal of the Bronx Lab School. Bronx Lab is a non-selective college preparatory high school that serves 430 students from the Bronx and upper Manhattan. Founded in 2004, Bronx Lab has been called one of New York’s high profile new schools by The New York Times, and has earned praise from, among others, the Gates Foundation, The Economist, and Education Week Magazine. The school graduates its second class of students in June 2009. In a borough with a graduation rate of less than 40%, more than 90% of the Bronx Lab Classes of 2008 and 2009 have graduated having earned more than $4 million in scholarship dollars and nearly four college acceptances per graduate. Bronx Lab graduates attend Middlebury, Brandeis, Connecticut College, Syracuse, SUNY Binghamton and scores of other colleges and universities. After earning a B.A. from Princeton University in 1995, Marc served as a Teach for America corps member in the South Bronx where he taught for three years. He then earned a joint MBA and Masters in Education from Harvard University, after which he returned to New York City as Vice President of Victory Schools, an organization that launches and manages charter schools.
Adam Taylor, 33. Hometown: Washington, DC. Adam Taylor is the Senior Political Director at Sojourners. He is responsible for leading the organization’s advocacy, coalition building, and constituency outreach. He formerly served as the Executive Director of Global Justice, an organization that educates and mobilizes students around global human rights and economic justice. Before co-founding Global Justice, he worked as an Associate at the Harvard University Carr Center for Human Rights and as an Urban Fellow in the Department of Housing Preservation and Development in New York City. Adam served as the co-chair of the Jubilee U.S.A. Network and on the Advisory Board of the Global Interdependence Initiative. He currently serves on the boards of Micah Challenge USA and Africa Action. Adam serves as an Associate Minister at Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington DC. Adam graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Masters in Divinity from the Samuel Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in 2009. He received a Masters in Public Policy from the JFK School of Government, Harvard University in 2001. He graduated Cum Laude with a BA in international studies from Emory University in 1998, where he was the recipient of the Marion Luther Brittain Award, the University’s highest student honor.
Presiliano (Raúl) Torrez, 32. Hometown: Albuquerque, NM. Raúl Torrez is an Assistant Attorney General in the Special Prosecutions Division of the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office. He prosecutes complex felony cases including violent crimes, white collar, voter fraud, and Internet Crimes Against Children. He is also the only cross-designated Special Assistant United States Attorney assigned to the firearms section of the United States Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque where he prosecutes felons in possession of firearms and armed career criminals. Prior to his legal career, Mr. Torrez worked for an Internet startup company in New York and Silicon Valley, and he also served as the Development Officer for the César E. Chávez Foundation in Los Angeles. He is an American Bar Association / Young Lawyers Division Scholar, a Deputy Regional President of the Hispanic National Bar Association, and a board member of the Rio Grande Community Development Corporation. Mr. Torrez is also the founder of Albuquerque KIPP, a non-profit organization dedicated to the establishment of a premiere, college-prep charter school for Albuquerque’s low-income students. He received his A.B. in Government, Cum Laude, from Harvard University, his M.S. in International Political Economy, with Merit, from The London School of Economics, and his J.D. from Stanford Law School.
24 thoughts on “Obama appoints Mehret Mandefro as a White House Fellow”
Thank you Meheret. You make me proud of being an Abesha. Please continue this amazing work.
You are inspiring lots of people all over the world and mainly Ethiopians and African Americans.
As you know Washington DC is one of the worst places if not the worst with HIV infection rates in the developed world.
You must be God’s messenger to this place to comfort and help the infected and to save others not to be infected.
President Obama made the most valuable and appreciable decision to appoint you as a white house fellow. Because you are the most talented and generous person has lots of potential ahead to make the world a better place.
We are proud of you. We love you. What you are doing is beyond any form of financial/material reward. It is about humanity. We will support you with everything we can.
I admire her achievements and I wish her all the best on her new assignments. I pray to God that she is not a fan of Meles.
Death to Woyanes!
Heartfelt Congratulations Mehret. You have done very well. You have made all of us Ethiopians very proud of you. We pray for your continued success and good health.
God Bless You.
The line of work you have committed yourself is a reminder that how badly Ethiopia as well as the international community is struggling with HIV/AIDS infection. Their ordeal. makes you a God sent for the multitude.
You deserve this assignment, and CONGRATULATIONS. High regards for President Obama’s administration’s committee that made the selection for this cause. May God bless the future for you and all other designated professionals.
The first time Dr. Meheret Mandefro’s story in community contribution was posted on this web site (may be over a year back) with a link to a video. Some times you do stand out as a unique Ethiopian media in the mix of valuable stories you report and follow up.
We are happy to see one of our own in the White House.
DR. Mehret Mandefro,
Thank you for your unselfish acts of humanity for people in need and your caring deeds. I’m sure you will continue to be an inspiration to my daughter and many many others. May God continue blessing you and much success!!!
you are there after big effort and hardworking. you will be the best model for an African women. i know that you know what you will do. but to remind you a little:
any class we take in school, the best example for poverty, disease (HIV), Conflict,…. is sub-sahahran Africa especially Ethiopia, Eritrea…. mostly Horn of Africa. till when we will be ashemed and embarassed about our home. do something.
thanks again for your hard working
I am very proud to see an Ethiopian women achieve this wonderful position. You will inspire lots of girls to be strong and succeed in their life. Well done Congratulations!
I am proud you. you will inspire so many sisters and brother. well done.
Congratulations dr Mehert.
We are proud of you.God bless!
Interesting and commendable achievement. Thank you for all the efforts have made to be there- black in white dominated world,women where it male that seen easily.
Meheret, I do not know what the class contains or what is gonig to be done. If there is a chanse to raise and discuse the social, economical and political problems of the non developed world, Please try to have a balanced mind especialy if Ethiopia’s case would be raised. What I am tring to remind you is that do not mislead those who hear when you tell them about Ethiopia. The truth is that whether our history is 100 or 3000 years, we were and are, poor, had and have dectatorial leaders, never ever unified in true sense, there had been discrimination racially, ect .
Tell the trues, then it better to try the sollution.
God bless you and take you another success if you’r only determined to serve the truth!!!
Wow… all this at the age of 32. You are a true inspiration. Best of luck and continued success yagerlige. One more proof that the sky is the limit to what we can achieve in this country or anywhere for that matter.
Dear Dr. Mehret,
You are one of those extraordinary Ethiopians who make us proud! Well done and please continue the good job and being an example to others towards achieving their dreams. Wish you all success and may God bless you!
Dear Dr. Mehret,
Congratulations! How great there are atleast some Ethiopians like you who portray us in a positive light. So happy for your achievements and proud you are ours.
it is really heart warming to see/hear extraordinary achievements by habesha women like you.really proud to be ethiopian.I know we have so many bright habeshas around around the globe and in the motherland but it is just so unfortunate that we are so poor and never satified with our greedy leaders back home.
anyway,,,i really enjoy reading about you.so special,smart,young woman with so much bright future ahead..
I will keep you in my prayer…
may god bless you
Congratulations, you make all abashas, all women, all africans proud.Keep up the good work. As for angetu yeqoret “get a life” This is about celebrating Dr. M, not about politics.
Dear Dr. Meheret:
Congratulations on your White House fellow appointment by President Obama. I admire your impressive educational record and your commitment to the fight against AIDS. Though the spread of aids does not discriminate, more attention ought to be given to Ethiopia where the disease is spearing exponentially. One has to acknowledge that there is something fundamentally wrong with the Ethiopian government and its seemingly lack of interest in this matter. You are now in a position to make a difference. We are counting on you to periodically inform us on what is really going on at home. Thanks. I wish you good luck in every step the way.
Congragulation to Dr meheret great job!
We thank you Mr president!!
Congratulation! Dr. Mehret.
You transformed tremendous challenges into positive opportunities. You should be very proud and happy to get to this level of achievement. I know it takes special dedication and perseverance to get through such a demanding course of study. I commend you for your dedication and hard work and I congratulate you and wish you the best as you embark on your adventure. Your achievement is an example to us Ethiopian women. May You transformed tremendous challenges into positive opportunities. You must be very happy to get to this level of achievement. I know it takes special dedication and perseverance to get through such a demanding course of study. I commend you for your dedication and hard work and I congratulate you and wish you the best as you embark on your adventure. Your achievement is an example to us Ethiopian women. May your future efforts be equally successful and rewarding.
Thank you, for making my day and
Thank you, the Obama administration.
Well done Dr. Mehret,
As a woman, and as an Ethiopian, I’ve no word to tell how much I’m proud of you and thank God for he let us witness such an excellent Ethiopian achievement…
I say this is just the beginning and I understand how challenging your assignment would be though, especially with your own motive in achieving something good for us, with all our expectations back home and all over the world. And so, I pray that God will lead you through the future as he has led you through your success so far…
And I believe you’ll continue to achieve more and more, and keep being a role model to those who would love to contribute something to this country in their life time and to those disadvantaged women in Ethiopia and in the world…
I have no words to thank you, in what saying can I mention your proundness I don’t know, there is no words to thanks expect God Bless You!
Please keep it up! and carry out your assignment not as much as possible but really must possible okay Dr.
Finally, Mehret should act as women, as Ethiopians and as world,I unedstand it is big assignment you should take as easy thing and really you deserve it! We love you forever and we pray for your long-life and not good but for your excellent success!!
You are Pround Ethiopia as well as Africa!!
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I just finish watching your documentary “All of Us” and it blow me away, I am a black 31 year women, and the thought that rise up in me is the conversation you had with your friends about control in sexual relationship. That piece was just as powerful as anything. I feel that the root to the whole situation, rather you on drugs or etc, Where the point where me put into our minds to say No, let get tested, before sex, not because we think or trust our partners because we think their smart enough to know to protect themselves. I was so amaze with this movie, it should be shown to every black young girl and boy across America. Thank you, I thinking to myself right now what could i do to help, our young black women.