"The New Black" Movie Review: 3 Stars
by Martin Tsai
That indictment was the catalyst for the documentary "The New Black," a clear-eyed look at both sides of the
same-sex marriage debate among blacks leading up to
In one corner, we have the ultra-religious: the Rev.
In the other corner, we have black gays and allies, among them Human Rights Campaign field organizer
"Promised Land" director Yoruba Richen has avoided making this polemic into propaganda, a temptation many lesser documentarians could not resist. She does not make Christians out to be zealots. McCoy gets to defend himself against the charge of being the far right's puppet.
All the while, there are many, such as the remarkable Taylor-Hughes, who prove those monolithic views on African-Americans shared by the likes of Tyler to be iniquitous.
Although racism within the gay community remains the pink elephant in this room when it comes to any lack of mutual understanding and respect between the two minorities, Richen's soul-searching over homophobia in the black community is nevertheless essential viewing.
No MPAA rating. Running time: 1:15.
"The New Black" Movie Trailer
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