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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 Site

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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…
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…
Variety
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"The New Black" often feels like a polished but uninspired op-ed.

February 12, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
New York Post
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It's an extended news segment in the form of a feature film.

February 12, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
AV Club
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If you're looking for insight, context, poignancy, the movie does offer all of the above.

February 12, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
RogerEbert.com
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The film never allows political urgency to overwhelm its individual voices.

February 11, 2014 | Full Review…
New York Times
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