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The New Black (2014)



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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 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. (c) Official Sitemore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary
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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

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.

Full Review… | February 21, 2014
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.

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

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

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

Full Review… | February 11, 2014
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.

Full Review… | February 11, 2014
Village Voice
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