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. The film documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar – the black church – and reveals the Christian right wing’s strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda.
The New Black takes viewers into the pews and onto the streets and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it tells the story of the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland and charts the evolution of this divisive issue within the black community. In this NoMoreDownLow.TV Newsbreak, we talk with producer/director Yoruba Richen, and others featured in the film including gospel music star B. Slade and National Black Justice Coalition’s Executive Director, Sharon Lettman-Hicks, along with the Black Men’s Xchange’s CEO, Cleo Manago.
The New Black has teamed up with Tugg, a web-based platform that enables individuals and organizations to host movies in their local theaters. On National Coming Out Day, October 11, the campaign kicks off; the film’s screenings are part of an ongoing campaign to open the dialogue around marriage equality and civil rights in communities across the nation. In a social media fueled amplification effort, The New Black is using Thunderclap to rally the masses. By signing up, supporters pledge to post the brief pre-drafted link shown above to either their Twitter, Tumblr, or Facebook accounts on behalf of The New Black‘s silver screen domination plan. Want to bring this film to a theater near you? Click on the link below:
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