New York, February 12, 2018 – Promised Land Film today announced that it has awarded $3,000 in grants to four historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and two faith institutions. The awards are part of their Empowering Equality Faith-Initiative and Empowering Equality at HBCUs program to use the award-winning documentary, The New Black as [...]

Today is the 43rd anniversary of Roe V. Wade. Check out this this short documentary by Yoruba Richen and Alissa Quart on full spectrum reproductive rights in NY Magazine. Watch Here

Chicken & Egg Pictures, a leader in supporting female non-fiction filmmakers, have announced the five recipients of their inaugural Breakthrough Filmmaker Awards. The five chosen filmmakers are Kristi Jacobson (“A Place at the Table”), Julia Reichert (“The Last Truck”), Yoruba Richen (“The New Black”), Elaine McMillion Sheldon (“Hollow”) and Michèle Stephenson (“American Promise”).  Read More

On October 19th, VH1 will present “LHH: Out in Hip Hop” at 11PM ET/PT, an hour-long roundtable discussion celebrating being out in the hip hop community and posing the question: Is hip hop homophobic? The New Black will be featured in the conversation as will two characters from the film: Sharon Lettman-Hicks- is the Executive Director of [...]

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Students at Albany State discussed L-G-B-T issues and diversity on their campus Thursday night.  The panel discussion followed a screening of the award-winning documentary “The New Black.” It looks at the African American community’s involvement in the gay rights movement. “For me it is about civil rights, said ASU professor Devona Mallory. [...]

The New Black is a documentary that unabashedly shows the struggles of black LGBTs. Even after SCOTUS’ ruling, this film is still incredibly poignant. The main focus is the passing of marriage equality in Maryland, and what that meant to people on both sides of the debate. Neither glorifying nor demonizing either side, we see the [...]

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There’s a really special scene in Yoruba Richen’s documentary “The New Black,” where heterosexual black LGBT activist/organizer Sharon Lettman-Hicks gets into a disagreement with a female family member about homosexuality at a get- together with her in-laws. The woman states that “God did not make lesbians,” while Sharon questions her. Earlier, in that same house, [...]

The film is now enjoying a new life as part of an initiative to get students at historically black colleges and universities to talk about a longtime taboo in the African-American community — sexual identity and the church. The initiative is a project of the Human Rights Campaign, an advocate of LGBT equality, and Promised [...]

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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