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  • Summary: 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 campaign to legalize gay marriage 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. Expand
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
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  1. Reviewed by: Noah Berlatsky
    Feb 12, 2014
    The New Black is unabashedly pro-gay marriage, but it treats the other side respectfully. Opponents of gay marriage in the community are given their say.
  2. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Oct 29, 2013
    What emerges is an illuminating look at the ways race, specifically blackness, has been cynically portrayed by the mainstream media, rightwing politicians and religious leaders, and even some white queer activists.
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Feb 14, 2014
    The New Black is an informative, measured, and never-not-engaging documentary about the emergence of LGBT consciousness in African-American communities across the U.S., and particularly communities with a strong church presence.
  4. Reviewed by: Martin Tsai
    Nov 1, 2013
    Director Yoruba Richen has refreshingly avoided making this polemic into propaganda, a temptation many lesser documentarians could not resist.
  5. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Feb 18, 2014
    Laid-back yet incisive, The New Black examines the complexity of black attitudes toward same-sex marriage, which the mainstream media tend to oversimplify as church-dominated and uniformly negative.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Feb 11, 2014
    Ms. Richen elucidates an entire spectrum of views, from actively egalitarian to reactively homophobic.
  7. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Feb 12, 2014
    The New Black often feels like a polished but uninspired op-ed.

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