Windy City Times: New Black: African-American perspective on MD’s marriage

May 20, 2014

Hawkins, whose organization took part in Illinois’ marriage-equality campaign, had already seen the film a few times. That didn’t dampen his excitement about seeing it one more time.”You could sympathize with every character in this film,” Hawkins said. “I’m always excited to see it.”The New Black ended with celebrating Maryland’s marriage-equality victory. For Straight, a gay Black man, witnessing that victory—and the Land of Lincoln’s victory—represents a beginning.

“This is a great way to see the work that has to be done,” he said. “It really helped me.”The film had a profound impact on Pennese, an out lesbian. It almost seemed biographical.”It makes me want to both shout and weep,” she said. “It’s about the soul and the heart of my life.”

“There’s never a time that we shouldn’t be ‘pro-who were,’” he said.

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The New Black


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. Continue Reading

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