The New Black

Tuesday, June 4th, 6:30pm
Yoruba Richen, 2013, 120 min.

The New Black is a documentary that tells the story of how the
African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the recent campaign to legalize gay marriage in Maryland (which passed in 2012) and examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar—the black church and reveals the Christian right wing’s strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda.

The New Black takes viewers into the pews and onto the streets and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it tells the story of the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland and charts the evolution of this divisive issue within the black community.

6:30pm: Reception
7:30pm: Screening
9:30pm: Q&A with director Yoruba Richen, a special guest from the film, and moderated by Carolyn Brown, executive director of My True Colors Film Festival.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Lenox Avenue / Malcolm X Blvd