"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."
"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..."
"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."
"'The New Black' is a must-see for anyone who wants to truly understand rare aspects of the gay rights movement."
"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."
"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."
"The New Black delivers a valuable contribution to an ongoing national dialogue."
"If you’re considering which films to see at the NCGLFF, put this at the top of your list. It’s an important work."
"The New Black is the best among several films that tangle with the role religion plays in the lives of America's queers."
"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."
"Hands down a thought provoking film with equal parts energy and pathos. - 5 stars."
"...a portrait of what it means to be black, what it means to be gay, [and] what it means to be a Christian."
"A must-see for anyone, regardless of where you stand politically."
"A new documentary is telling a different story about African-Americans and gay marriage."
"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."
"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."
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.
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