"As The New Black shows repeatedly and so compellingly, the intersections of faith and identity, community and individuality, are constantly changing, over time and across places."


— Cynthia Fuchs / Pop MattersFull Review

"Yoruba Richen interviews activists on both sides of the controversy ... the result is a film that leaves room for dialogue and change as it embraces the entire black community, even in disagreement..."

— Ronnie Scheib / VarietyFull Review

"Perched precariously at the intersection of race, religion and sexual identity, "The New Black"  Yoruba Richen’s calm and nuanced exploration of African-American attitudes toward same-sex marriage, balances crude filmmaking with sophisticated insights."


— Jeannette Catsoulis / The New York TimesFull Review

"'The New Black' is a must-see for anyone who wants to truly understand rare aspects of the gay rights movement."

— Ife Olujobi / Washington Square NewsFull Review

"The New Black is a pushback against the notion that black people are the reason the gay marriage movement was stymied ... What emerges is an illuminating look at the ways race, specifically blackness, has been cynically portrayed by the mainstream media."

— Ernest Hardy / The Village VoiceFull Review

"By it’s end, there’s a sense of hope, and also of satisfaction that a filmmaker has chosen balance and complexity over spectacle. I recommend you see it."

— Nijla Mumin / Shadow and ActFull Review

"The New Black delivers a valuable contribution to an ongoing national dialogue."

— Sheri Linden / Film Journal InternationalFull Review

"If you’re considering which films to see at the NCGLFF, put this at the top of your list. It’s an important work."

— Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan / The Herald SunFull Review

"The New Black is the best among several films that tangle with the role religion plays in the lives of America's queers."

— Mark Taylor / KQED ArtsFull Review

"With same-sex marriage being evaluated at the state level across the country and the Supreme Court near its decision on the subject, the documentary "The New Black" could hardly be more timely."

— Dana Ferguson / Los Angeles TimesFull Review

"Hands down a thought provoking film with equal parts energy and pathos. - 5 stars."

— Jason Coleman / StarpulseFull Review

"...a portrait of what it means to be black, what it means to be gay, [and] what it means to be a Christian."

— Peter Knegt / Indiewire.comFull Review

"A must-see for anyone, regardless of where you stand politically."

— Film Equals / FIlmequals.comFull Review

"A new documentary is telling a different story about African-Americans and gay marriage."

— Patrick Gavin / PoliticoFull Review

"This film manages to take you through a journey into the heart of a vibrant part of American society like no other film has ever done."

— Film Equals / FilmEquals.comFull Review

"A valuable contribution to an ongoing national dialogue. It reveals gradations of LGBT acceptance within black American families and neighborhoods, conversations that don’t make the front page."

— Sheri Linden / The Hollywood ReporterFull Review

"Essential Viewing."

— Martin Tsai / LA TimesFull Review

LAFF Fest Review: The New Black (2013) Documentary HD
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In this timely documentary, filmmaker Yoruba Richen questions the assumptions about homophobia in the African-American community, setting off an impassioned conversation about gay rights, family history, the role of the Church and the legacy of the civil rights movement.

LAFF Review: The New Black (2013) Documentary HD

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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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