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Special Screening of Aftershock

May 3 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

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A special screen event of Aftershock—The Documentary

In October 2019, 30-year-old Shamony Gibson tragically died after being ignored by medical providers 13 days following the birth of her son. Two months later, we began filming Shamony’s surviving mother, Shawnee Benton Gibson, and bereaved partner, Omari Maynard, as they began to process what happened and figure out their new normal.

In April 2020, 26-year-old Amber Rose Isaac died due to an emergency c-section that stemmed from medical negligence. Within weeks of Amber’s death, Omari reaches out to Amber’s surviving partner, Bruce McIntyre, and a lifelong bond is formed. Together, Omari and Bruce begin the fight for justice for their partners with their families and community by their side while caring for their children as newly single parents.

Through the film, we witness these two families become ardent activists in the maternal health space, seeking justice through legislation, medical accountability, community, and the power of art. Their work introduces us to a myriad of people, including a growing brotherhood of surviving Black fathers, along with the work of midwives and physicians on the ground fighting for institutional reform. Through their collective journeys, we find ourselves on the front lines of the growing birth justice movement demanding systemic change within our medical system and government.

The screening will be held in the Kenneth & Kathryn Perry Chapel & Performing Arts Center (theatre) inside the Kroc Hampton Roads.

Sensitivity Advisory & Age Recommendation

Content Warning: “Aftershock” explores themes of maternal health, medical negligence, and the emotional journeys of families seeking justice. The film contains sensitive and potentially distressing content. Viewer discretion is advised.

Age Recommendation: Due to the content’s emotionally charged nature, we recommend that attendees be at least 16 years old. Parental discretion is advised for younger audience members.

Empowering Conversations: Aftershock Film Screening with Panelists

After the screening of ‘Aftershock,’ join Kennedy’s Angel Gowns for an insightful discussion with featured panelists, including Omari Maynard from the documentary, Amber Price, President of Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, and other distinguished guests. Engage in a post-screening dialogue, ask questions, and contribute to the conversation about maternal health, medical negligence, and the pursuit of justice.

Be sure to download and use the Discussion Guide to have deep, meaningful conversations and plans to take action.

Omari Maynard

Omari Maynard – Artist, Activist, Educator
Omari received his bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Hampton University, an MBA, a Master’s in Sports Business Management from the University of Central Florida, and a master’s degree in Special Education from Long Island University. Before becoming a full-time creative, he worked in the field of sports and education for twenty-plus years.

In 2016, Omari and his life partner, Shamony Gibson, started their own business. Art-ful iving is a lifestyle and event planning business emphasizing artistic expression. Unfortunately, Shamony transitioned on October 6th, 2019, due to medical malpractice after giving birth to their second child. After the tragic and preventable death of his beloved partner, Shamony Gibson, Omari and his mother-in-law, Shawnee Gibson, founded the ARIAH Foundation. The foundation seeks to support individuals, families, and communities who experience the devastating Aftershock associated with maternal/infant morbidity and mortality. ARIAH provides mental, physical, emotional, and/or spiritual assistance to support the affected families as they navigate the impact of these traumatic experiences.
Since the passing of his life partner and the creation of The ARIAH Foundation, Omari has been featured in the award-winning documentary Aftershock, streaming on Hulu and other platforms such as Good Morning America, ABC Nightline, The Breakfast Club on Power 105, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, raising awareness on this tragic epidemic.

Special Screening of Aftershock 2 - Kennedys Angel Gowns

Amber Price, DNP, CNM, MSN, RN
Amber Price, DNP, CNM, MSN, RN, joined the Sentara team as President of the Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center in Williamsburg, Virginia, in March 2022. Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center (SWRMC) is a 145-bed acute care hospital that serves the Upper Peninsula region. The SWRMC team has been recognized as a Top 100 Hospital in the nation by Truven/IBM/Watson twice, is rated by CMS as a 5-Star hospital, has been Magnet recognized by ANCC since 2014, is recognized by Becker’s Top 100 Hospitals for several years, and continues as a Straight A Hospital with Leapfrog consumer advocacy organization.

Headshot of Heather Wilson

Heather Wilson
Heather Wilson, Executive Director and Founder of Kennedy’s Angel Gowns, leads a non-profit organization dedicated to providing infant burial garments and resources for families and hospitals dealing with pregnancy and infant loss. A Certified Bereavement Doula, Heather emphasizes the importance of allowing bereaved families time to grieve and has secured Virginia’s first Butterfly Suite at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, complete with a Amish Cenotaph Cradle™. Recognized for her advocacy work, Heather has received numerous accolades including Virginia’s Top 40 Under 40 and has spoken at the White House’s Black Maternal Health Crisis Roundtable. Heather, also holds degrees in Psychology and Urban Community Counseling and is on track to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is married to Demitri and is the mother of three children, including Kennedy, Ryleigh, and Demitri, Jr.

Special Screening of Aftershock 3 - Kennedys Angel Gowns

Iris Lundy, RN, BSN
Iris Lundy, RN, BSN, has worked in healthcare for her entire career, including more than 18 years at Sentara Healthcare. Iris became the first Director of Health Equity at Sentara Healthcare in 2019. In this role, she works to identify and close inequity gaps in healthcare in our communities.

Special Screening of Aftershock 4 - Kennedys Angel Gowns

Lea Porche, MD
Dr. Porche began her first year of fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) in July 2014. She attended Duke University in Durham, NC where she earned her undergrad degree in biological anthropology and anatomy. She attended medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and completed it in May 2010. Dr. Porche was accepted into the Eastern Virginia Medical School’s residency in OB in July 2010 where she also continued her training as an MFM Fellow, completed in June 2017.

Special Screening of Aftershock 5 - Kennedys Angel Gowns

Arion Long — Founder, CEO of Femly™
Arion Long is not just a CEO; she’s a mom, survivor of pregnancy loss, and visionary who is revolutionizing the feminine health industry. As the Chief Estrogen Officer or CEO of Femly™, Arion has transformed a subscription box service into a multi-million-dollar enterprise with patented technologies. She is the mastermind behind the world’s first touchless pad and tampon dispenser machine, a game-changing innovation that is increasing period care access in restrooms across the nation.


MORE INFO ABOUT THE FILM
Run-time: 89 mins
Directed and Produced by: Paula Eiselt and Tonya Lewis Lee
Featuring: Shawnee Benton Gibson, Bruce McIntyre, Omari Maynard
Distributed by: Onyx Collective | ABC News Studios | Hulu

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May 3
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Kroc Hampton Roads
1401 Ballentine Blvd., Norfolk, Virginia 23504 VA United States + Google Map