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The New Black (2014)

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Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 7
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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

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The ballot initiative for same-sex marriage that was put to Maryland voters in 2012 supplies the narrative frame for this revealing study of the conflict between LGBT activists and black Christians.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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.

February 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Variety
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"The New Black" often feels like a polished but uninspired op-ed.

February 12, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Post
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It's an extended news segment in the form of a feature film.

February 12, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club
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The film never allows political urgency to overwhelm its individual voices.

February 11, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
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What emerges is an illuminating look at the ways race, specifically blackness, has been cynically portrayed by the mainstream media, rightwing politicians and religious leaders, and even some white queer activists.

February 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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A smart and empathetic portrait of the African-American community's struggle with the issue of same-sex marriage

June 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Nonfics
Nonfics

Including these voices is a painful, but, the film implies, necessary step, not for a balanced presentation, but because the community that includes black and LGBT people also includes homophobia.

February 20, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

If you're looking for insight, context, poignancy, the movie does offer all of the above.

February 12, 2014 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
RogerEbert.com

It does little to break free of the conventional talking-head documentary format, but thoughtful in how it prizes dialogue over acrimony and one-sided rhetoric.

February 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The African-American community collectively jumps the broom over its last big taboo!

February 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Baret News
Baret News

Richen and her crew have fashioned a well-polished and informative piece that hopefully will provide a blueprint for other communities in states that refuse to legalize gay marriage.

July 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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