The 2015 Oscar nominations upset many people. When the Academy nominated the highly regarded film Selma for Best Picture but snubbed its African-American female director, Ava DuVernay, publications as diverse as Forbes and The Root weighed in with articles about how this was yet another example of Hollywood’s entrenched racism and sexism. The brilliant hashtag #Oscarsowhite [...]

Best Black Documentaries 1.            The Trials of Muhammad Ali 2.            America the Beautiful 3 3.            The New Black 4.            Vanishing Pearls 5.            25 to Life 6.            Keep on Keepin’ On 7.            The Barefoot Artist 8.            Tanzania: A Journey Within 9.            I Am Ali 10.           Through a Lens Darkly   [...]

The New Black – Directed by Yoruba Richen I love this film because I love the fight that these people put into their cause. It’s hard to talk about gay rights and gay marriage in communities of color and in communities of faith, but these people will not veer from the course. It is an [...]

The panelists discussed the film and the aspect of “otherness” for LGBT and also for all African-Americans in the wake of no indictments in the killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York, by police officers. Kelley said that over and over again throughout American history, there is [...]

As a filmmaker, I am consistently moved by the ability of film to change hearts, sway minds, inspire action, and drive change. I’ve felt this even more acutely over the last year, as I’ve led the community outreach and audience engagement campaign for my documentary The New Black. The film is an examination of African [...]

For many who choose to attend an HBCU, the decision is about far more than just academics. Since the first HBCUs opened their doors in the years before the Civil War, they have offered black students an opportunity to pursue advanced studies in a space they can be certain will be supportive, welcoming and inclusive. [...]

Four HBCUs, with the support of the Human Rights Campaign and Promised Land Films, are working to ramp up their LGBTQ inclusion efforts, just ahead of National Coming Out Week. “’The New Black’ is our first step towards creating greater visibility, establishing a safe space, and providing support for LGBT Hornets amongst faculty and the [...]

In a world that is so controversial and judgemental we are faced to fight for equality is all facets of life! “The New Black” takes you inside the reality of ‘Gay Marriages.’ At a time when the world is at its peak of diversity this is still a matter that most are afraid to discuss, [...]

Brooklyn, NY – Promised Land Film is pleased to announce that in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, it has awarded $4,000 in grants to four historically black colleges and universities to use the award winning documentary, The New Black as a tool to [...]

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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