Director: Yoruba Richen
Writer(s): Erin Casper, Yoruba Richen
Awards: Best Documentary at Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
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.
Brought to you by the Athena Cinema, Film Division, Office of Multicultural Student Access and Retention, LGBT Center, Women’s Center, Campus Involvement Center, Multicultural Center, Black Student Cultural Programming Board.
TWO NIGHTS ONLY! THE NEW BLACK will be screened on November 20th and 21st at 7:00. The film will be followed by a discussion. Free Admission, there are a limited number of seats and admission is on a first come, first serve basis.