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Premieres on MPT Sunday June 15, 2014 at 6:30 PM on MPT2

The New Black

The New Black tells the story of how the African American community is debating the marriage equality movement and the fight over LGBT 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 — while exploring ways this phenomenon may have been exploited by political conservatives.

The black community is having a wrenching conversation about homophobia as the gay rights debate is unfolding on the political stage and in the courts. But as the film shows, including with two young campaigners who find their feet in both worlds, there are many stories of those engaging from within. While the debate around gay rights has deepened some divides within the black community, it has also opened a space for new conversations about overcoming oppression for everyone.

The film features Sharon Lettman-Hicks, the Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), as well as both a number of black ministers who are challenging homophobia in the black church, and some of the leading anti-gay black ministers as they fight efforts to advance gay rights, working to pass a ballot initiative in Maryland that would reverse the recently won right for gay couples to marry. Maryland has a 30% African-American population and both sides vie to win the black vote in the 2013 battle over the Question 6 ballot initiative.

WATCH THE TRAILER

ATTEND A FREE ONLINE SCREENING

Monday, June 16 at 1 PM ET/10 AM PT

Watch the film on your computer or iPad and participate in a national online discussion with guest panelists: filmmaker Yoruba Richen and film subject and community organizer, Karess Taylor-Hughes. Register online here.

ATTEND A FREE SCREENING & PANEL DISCUSSION

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 6-8 PM
Wheeler Auditorium, Central Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library
Baltimore, MD

Meet filmmaker Yoruba Richen and Katrina Bell McDonald, associate professor of sociology at Johns Hopkins University and Kevin Clemons, chairman and founder of Baltimore Black Pride. Participate in a discussion on how the film was made, what has changed since then, and marriage equality as a civil rights issue. Admission is FREE.

Info: Stephanie Briggs   443-840-5625

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Did you attend one of our screenings? Tell us what you thought! Share your reactions & comments in our online survey: http://bit.ly/TNBpoll

Watch filmmaker Yoruba Richen's fascinating TED Talk here.

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