Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Righting a Past Wrong? Academy to Present Spike Lee with Honorary Oscar Righting a Past Wrong? Academy to Present Spike Lee with Honorary Oscar Updates on Steve McQueen's "Epic" Series Centered on a Black Community in London, Over 3 Decades Updates on Steve McQueen's "Epic" Series Centered on a Black Community in London, Over 3 Decades This Is What Angela Bassett and Naomi Campbell Will Look Like in 'American Horror Story: Hotel' This Is What Angela Bassett and Naomi Campbell Will Look Like in 'American Horror Story: Hotel' But What About Black Superheroines, You Ask? Watch Episode 1 of CW Seed's Vixen Series But What About Black Superheroines, You Ask? Watch Episode 1 of CW Seed's Vixen Series Watch: First Look at Season Three of 'Hit the Floor' Watch: First Look at Season Three of 'Hit the Floor' Brad Pitt's Plan B + 'Ex Machina' Distribution Company Team up for Barry Jenkins' 'Moonlight' Brad Pitt's Plan B + 'Ex Machina' Distribution Company Team up for Barry Jenkins' 'Moonlight' Jay Ellis and Yvonne Orji Join Issa Rae in 'Insecure' for HBO Jay Ellis and Yvonne Orji Join Issa Rae in 'Insecure' for HBO Tupac Shakur Facebook Page Posts Cryptic Message on Upcoming "Special Announcement." Biopic News? Tupac Shakur Facebook Page Posts Cryptic Message on Upcoming "Special Announcement." Biopic News? Weekend B.O. Aug 21-23 (F. Gary Gray Becomes a Prominent Member of the $100 Million Black Directors Club) Weekend B.O. Aug 21-23 (F. Gary Gray Becomes a Prominent Member of the $100 Million Black Directors Club) Dr. Dre Issues Public Statement Apologizing for "The Women I’ve Hurt" Dr. Dre Issues Public Statement Apologizing for "The Women I’ve Hurt" Ice Cube & Son Team Up for L.A. Riots Thriller Produced by Will Packer Ice Cube & Son Team Up for L.A. Riots Thriller Produced by Will Packer Timely Brit Documentary 'The Hard Stop' Explores Life & Death of Mark Duggan + Riots That Followed (Trailer) Timely Brit Documentary 'The Hard Stop' Explores Life & Death of Mark Duggan + Riots That Followed (Trailer) Mapping Brutality: How Last Year’s 'Belle' Perfectly Explains White America's Response to Racism Mapping Brutality: How Last Year’s 'Belle' Perfectly Explains White America's Response to Racism Say Hello to Marvel's Newest Superhero - Moon Girl Say Hello to Marvel's Newest Superhero - Moon Girl Two Actor Unions Ban Their Members from Working on Tyler Perry's Latest Stage Production Two Actor Unions Ban Their Members from Working on Tyler Perry's Latest Stage Production Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Why Won't That Story About Sophia Stewart And Her 'Matrix' Lawsuit Die? Why Won't That Story About Sophia Stewart And Her 'Matrix' Lawsuit Die? Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

Yoruba Richen's 'The New Black' Picks Up Audience Award For Best Feature At AFI DOCS

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act June 25, 2013 at 11:28AM

Yoruba Richen's 'The New Black' Picks Up Audience Award For Best Feature At AFI DOCS
0
The New Black

Congratulations are in order for Yoruba Richen, whose feature documentary, The New Black, picked up the Audience Award for Best Feature at the AFI DOCS film festival, in Silver Spring, MD.

The film continues its awards-winning streak, as it begins its film festival circuit travels. 

The topical documentary made its World Premiere, just about 10 days ago, at the Los Angeles Film Festivalin the Documentary Competition

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).

The Audience Award for Best Short went to Joshua Izenberg’s Slomo which follows John Kitchin, a doctor who traded his medical practice for rollerblades, and explores the neurological and spiritual joys of slow acceleration.

This year’s festival, which ran June 19-23, screened 53 films over the five-day event, representing 30 countries.

The festival also hosted its inaugural Public Policy Engagement Program, which connected filmmakers with influential policy makers in Congress at a Film and Politics Boot Camp.

This article is related to: Festivals, Yoruba Richen


Shadow & ActNewsletter