As we are in the midst of probate season across the country, a hot new Netflix movie “Burning Sands” has become one of the most popular movies out there, especially for the young adult age range.
The movie is based on the initiation process into college Greek organizations. Gerald McMurray is the film director and writer, and the movie is about the underground process into Black Greek organizations. McMurray is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He is a member of organizations within the National Pan Hellenic Council (NPHC). He said, “I come from this world of going to a HBCU and being in a Black fraternity and I just wanted to explore that subculture”. His main object was the highlight the secrets of what every black fraternity endures.
Alexsis Shorter, a junior business management major from Utica, Miss said, “That movie was crazy. The film is rated r, and shows very explicit content. They are many scenes that show bodily harm, mental, and physical harm to the prospects by the already members of the organization. A man even experience a seizure died towards the end of the film.
With McMurray being a member of a Divine 9 organization, it has people everywhere talking and speculating on what actually happens within Greek organizations, rather than what is advertised.
Jackson State University is one of the schools that own a chapter with every Divine 9 organizations, but not only that, they also have dozens of different organizations within the past 10 years that has been involved in hazing incidents and allegations. The Delta Sigma Theta sorority has been suspended from Jackson State’s campus since 2010 for a hazing incident, also has other non-Greek organizations such as Cheer Phi Cheer, which is the cheer leading squad, and the War & Thunder drumline.
Hazing has become a big issue in the United States, as most recently Robert Champion, a student at Florida A&M University was murdered during a drum major initiation ritual. In 2011, Roger McDowell, a band member reported hazing within the band and got nearly 20 students sent to student affairs and suspended from school for the rest of that year and the next. Hazing is not simple task to get rid of because most incoming students are breaded from older siblings, relatives, or friends who they know that already went through a hazing process. Hazing is not only in college, but it’s also in the jails, military, and in different job industries.
Antonio Knott, a senior mass communications major from Jackson, Miss said, “Man that movie is very interesting because it sheds light on many things that go on that some people have zero clue about.” Rheana Allen, a sophomore meteorology major from Memphis, Tenn said, “Wow, that movie scary, I think they probably over exaggerated in the hazing. It’s very rare that a person actually dies or gets physically harmed that bad.”
It’s a Netflix sensation and Gerald McMurray has definitely wrote an eye-opening, and popular movie.