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To date, 16 states have legalized gay marriage, but lawsuits and state referendums fighting this change proliferate. THE NEW BLACK digs deeply into the role of African-Americans at this historic moment -- especially in the wake of a successful Proposition 8 in California, which opposed marriage equality, leading many to brand African-Americans as hostile or indifferent to gay rights. Focusing on the 2012 legal battle in Maryland (a state in which blacks make up nearly one-third of the electorate), filmmaker Yoruba Richen tracks activists, families, and clergy on both sides of the campaign. Far from a polemical screed, THE NEW BLACK explores the role of tradition, prejudice, and religious conviction in shaping the evolution of the black community’s response. 

USA • 2013 • 75 MINS.



“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… (A) pushback against the widespread notion that black people are the reason that the gay marriage movement was, for a time, stymied in states like California.”
– Ernest Hardy, Village Voice

“Sophisticated insights…(shows) that black opposition to same-sex marriage is neither uniform nor prompted solely by church influence.”
– Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

“An excellent, important and empowering film.”
– Moira Sullivan, San Francisco Examiner

“Talks to activists on both sides of the ballot issue, from conservative clergymen to LGBT volunteers, coaxing incredible candor from most of them.” 
– Brandon Harris, Filmmaker Magazine

"Essential viewing"
– Martin Tsai, Los Angeles Times