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  • The New Black premieres on PBS Independent Lens on Sunday, June 15, 2014.

    The New Black premieres on PBS Independent Lens on Sunday, June 15, 2014.

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  • Two women canvassing for marriage equality encourage young African American men to vote for Question 6.

    Two women canvassing for marriage equality encourage young African American men to vote for Question 6.

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  • Two family members face off on the issue of marriage equality.

    Two family members face off on the issue of marriage equality.

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  • Singer Tonéx explains the gospel community’s response when he revealed he was gay.

    Singer Tonéx explains the gospel community’s response when he revealed he was gay.

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  • Karess, Sam and volunteer on Election Day

    Karess, Sam and volunteer on Election Day

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  • The New Black Director, Yoruba Richen

    The New Black Director, Yoruba Richen

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  • Karess on Election Day

    Karess on Election Day

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  • Sharon and Alvin talking to a volunteer

    Sharon and Alvin talking to a volunteer

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    Sam on Election Day

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  • Sharon Small

    Sharon Small

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The Film

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 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, 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, charting the evolution of this divisive issue within the black community.

The Filmmakers

  1. Yoruba RichenDirector
  2. Yvonne WelbonProducer