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Exclusive Clip From Los Angeles Film Festival Doc Competition Entry 'The New Black'

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by Tambay A. Obenson
June 14, 2013 3:17 PM
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Here's a clip from Yoruba Richen's much-anticipated feature documentary, The New Black, already a recipient of a few prestigious awards, including the Creative Promise Award at Tribeca All Access, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

The topical documentary makes its World Premiere, tonight at 7:30pm, at the Los Angeles Film Festivalin the Documentary Competition

The screening appears to be just about sold out, although, according to the LAFF website, you may be able to get tickets at the door.

The next and final screening will take place on Sunday Jun 16th at 6:50pm, and it looks like tickets are still available to purchase online. So if you're attending LAFF this week/weekend, click HERE to make your purchase.

Here's an official synopsis of the film:

THE NEW BLACK tells the story of how the African American community is grappling with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in light of the marriage equality movement and the fight over civil rights. We meet activists, families, and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland, a state with a 30 percent African-American population. Through this story, the film 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 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.

Yvonne Whelbon and Angela Tucker are producers of the film that I'm sure will inspire lots of conversation after audiences see it. I'm looking forward to screening it myself, but I'm not at the LAFF this year; although Nijla Mumin is covering the festival for S&A, so look out for her review(s).

In the meantime, here's the exclusive clip that S&A has been granted to publish (underneath you'll find the film's poster:


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16 Comments

  • Lisa64 | June 17, 2013 8:53 AMReply

    What I am about to say is going to anger many people but . . . I disagree the concept that Gay is 'The New Black.' It's not even accurate. Our struggles are not the same and our goals are not the same. Nor does Gay/lesbian/bi rights fall under the civil rights. Read the message of civil rights, dissect and analyse it carefully and see for yourself. Take for example discriminating against someone for their appearance. Homosexuals have no defining features nor can you discover they are homosexual through dna testing, hormones, or their family tree. This makes it virtually impossible to enforce civil rights.

    Keep in mind that homosexuals are not the only people that our government does not allow to marry (think 1st cousins, brother/sister, 12 yr and 50 yr old, a woman with five husbands or vice versa, etc.) As a black person I don't want to be associated with those groups either. Who will be responsible for drawing the line?

  • Christopher T | June 16, 2013 11:39 PMReply

    Enough with trying to make Black synonymous with gay. They are two different fights and goals!

  • Harmony | June 14, 2013 9:06 PMReply

    "Carl, I will sodomize you with a full apple box."

    BWAAAAAHHHHAAAAA!!! Whaaattt??!!?! (if you're straight, you sure did propose a gay act pretty quickly) Yo, that was just funny. (daps MALCOMX up). This dude is hilarious.

  • BluTopaz | June 15, 2013 2:59 PM

    Yes that comment was all kinds of fruity wasn't it

  • nadia | June 14, 2013 8:31 PMReply

    Why are y'all even entertaining this clown. Don't feed the trolls!!! Period. Smh

  • sergio | June 14, 2013 10:25 PM

    We have to. It's so much fun! Like Carl said for a guy who is so anti-gay he sure came up with some pretty bizarre gay sex imagery really quickly. I'm confused

  • Harmony | June 14, 2013 6:13 PMReply

    That's pretty sad man. This is one of the few places that allow black film/art work to be promoted, expressed, and discussed online and you are trying to divide us, by calling for a boycott of it? I hope you can see pass your biases one. Cuz it's all L-O-V-E here and we ain't falling for the okie doke. PLEASE lets direct that energy fighting white supremacy hetero-normative patriarchy and get our folks FREE.

  • MalcolmX | June 14, 2013 8:07 PM

    "This is one of the few places that allow black film/art work to be promoted"

    Yall house niggas is all the same "da massa dun gotz to allow me, da massa dun gotz to promote me." FUCK YALL "GAY IS THE NEW BLACK" BUTTHOLE LOVERS. Why do we have to be the new anything. I'm sick and tired of you brainwashed house sweepers putting "Black" in all of your agendas, take the word "black" out your fucking mouth. We got our own fucking problems you bitch ass fool.

  • MALCOLMX | June 14, 2013 4:19 PMReply

    I would encourage everybody to boycott this mag, for all who don't know, Tambay is a gay African who was placed as the leader of this so-called "Black Magazine" by his white masters to single handely destroy any possibility of true black innovation. Notice how this guy is constantly pushing gay black films, gay african films, he'll talk about every other black filmmaker in the world except for black filmmakers here in America. Many people say we were sold into slavery by our own people, Tambay is a great example, the slave masters always had that 1 black dude who they fed well, and dressed well, to make the other slaves think that everything was going to be okay as we got led to the slaughterhouse, wake-up black people, TAMBAY WORKS FOR THE WHITE GAY COMMUNITY TO SINGLE HANDEDLY DESTROY BLACK-AMERICAN FILMMAKERS FROM RISING. IT IS NOW AS IT WAS THEN. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED

  • Carl | June 14, 2013 10:26 PM

    Hey Malcolm, why don't you take your bitter pro black ass and fuck ya mother? Then, take your head and place it back up your ass so you will feel more at home you hack!

    Hey if your Malcolm X, I'll be Marcus Garvey. lol

  • sergio | June 14, 2013 10:22 PM

    No really I don't. Spell it out for me. And be brutal. It turns me on

  • MalcolmX | June 14, 2013 9:06 PM

    You know exactly what it makes you Sergio. That's why you asked the question. You know deep in your heart what that is.

  • Sergio | June 14, 2013 8:02 PM

    So what does that make me? Please I'm dying to know

  • MALCOLMX | June 14, 2013 7:59 PM

    Carl, I will sodomize you with a full apple box. Indiewire is a white supremacists website, they boost the image of a certain agenda, blacks don't own the website, so why would I get mad if they don't cover my film, when has a white media publication or anything ever truly covered black interest, they can not and will not for the benefit of a their own agenda, that is why you insult me, because you are a house nigga, the house nigga always will get mad at the field nigga in defense of his master's castle.

  • NinaG | June 14, 2013 7:56 PM

    LMAO!!! wut???

  • Carl | June 14, 2013 6:28 PM

    Shut the fuck up. You sound like a bitter hack whose film didn't get covered on this site and now you're crying like a bitch.

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