New Netflix Film Takes On HBCU Fraternity Pledging

Director Gerard McMurray, who's also a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, believes the time is right to share the experience.

For those who attend(ed) a historically black college and university, the spring is known as the time for mid-term exams and Greek probate ceremonies.

After months of pledging, new members of The Divine Nine let the world know that they've successfully completed the process.

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But the journey to get there has historically been controversial.

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In a new Netflix film titled Burning Sands, co-writer and director Gerard McMurray, who's a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., hopes to shed light on HBCUs, Greek organizations and hazing. 

"I wanted to tell a story set at a black college," McMurray told Variety. "I went to an HBCU and I wanted to show the culture of fraternities and sororities. I thought it would be a great time to explore that world and that subject matter... and what it was like to pledge a Black fraternity.

The film stars Alfre Woodard, Steve Harris (Diary of a Mad Black Woman), Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight), and newcomer, Trevor Jackson.

As expected, #BlackTwitter has been chatty about the film that essentially exposes a culture that's frowned upon publicly, but nonetheless exists.

Burning Sands debuts on Netflix, March 10.

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