The Brown Daily Herald: The New Black’ depicts conflict between black and LGBT identities

February 3, 2015

“Black community is not monolithic,” says Reverend Eric P. Lee, dispelling ideas of a universal and singular African-American viewpoint in “The New Black,” a documentary by Yoruba Richen ’94.

The film exposes the divisions among blacks and the intersection of and conflict between black and LGBT individuals surrounding the issue of same-sex marriage. Together, they shared laughter and poignancy while witnessing moments of defeat, despair and ultimate triumph in the process of the legalization of same-sex marriage in Maryland. Students gathered in Salomon 101 on Monday for the film screening and question-and-answer session with Richen sponsored by the Office of Residential Life.

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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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