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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.
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.
"The New Black" often feels like a polished but uninspired op-ed.
It's an extended news segment in the form of a feature film.
If you're looking for insight, context, poignancy, the movie does offer all of the above.
The film never allows political urgency to overwhelm its individual voices.
A smart and empathetic portrait of the African-American community's struggle with the issue of same-sex marriage
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.
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.
The African-American community collectively jumps the broom over its last big taboo!
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.
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.
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