The New Black opened in theaters in February 2014 and aired on Independent Lens in June 2014. The New Black uncovers the complicated and often combative histories of the African-American and LGBT civil rights movements. Specifically, the film 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 goes from New York to Washington D.C to California to document the stories of the gay gospel singer Tonex, and Sharon Lettman, the head of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) who are challenging homophobia in the black church and working with white gay organizations around issues of race. Through these stories and other secondary characters, the film reveals a political alliance between members of the black church and the Christian right that has shaped the fight for gay rights over the last 20 years. For more info email:

Yoruba Richen is a Brooklyn based documentary filmmaker who has directed and produced films in the U.S and abroad including Africa, South America and South East Asia. Her award–winning documentary, Promised Land was also a Firelight Producers' Lab project and received a Diverse Voices Co-Production fund award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and premiered on the PBS program POV in July 2010. The film has screened at festivals around the world and won the Fledgling Fund Award for Social Issue Documentary. Yoruba was the co-producer of Take it From Me, a documentary exploring the effects of welfare reform on New York City women, which was broadcast on POV in 2001. She was also an associate producer for the investigative unit of ABC News, as well as a producer for the independent radio and television news program Democracy Now. Yoruba is the recipient of numerous grants including a Fulbright Award, an International Reporting Project (IRP) grant as well as funding from Chicken & Egg pictures and foundation.