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The New Black

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Yoruba Richen

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About the Movie

The New Black is an award-winning 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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 13
  • Fresh: 11
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The film never allows political urgency to overwhelm its individual voices. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Feb 11, 2014

Fresh: Laid-back yet incisive, "The New Black" examines the complexity of black attitudes toward same-sex marriage, which the mainstream media tend to oversimplify as church-dominated and uniformly negative. – Ronnie Scheib, Variety, Feb 16, 2014

Fresh: Richen has refreshingly avoided making this polemic into propaganda, a temptation many lesser documentarians could not resist. – Martin Tsai, Los Angeles Times, Nov 1, 2013

Rotten: "The New Black" often feels like a polished but uninspired op-ed. – Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post, Feb 12, 2014

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