The New Black is a much-needed fresh take on how those attitudes might be changing. It gives us an inside look at efforts within African American communities and churches across the country to address—and then do something about—same-sex equality.

Taking us to backyard barbecues, church meetings, and campaign offices, the film introduces us to a surprisingly diverse cast of citizen activists. We meet gospel singer Tonéx, whose coming out made him an outcast, and Rev. Delman Coates, a Baptist minister who champions same-sex marriage rights. Most memorably, we follow the indefatigable and inspiring Sharon Lettman-Hicks, the straight leader of the National Black Justice Coalition, as she helps lead Maryland’s 2012 campaign to secure LGBT marriage equality— part of what she terms “the unfinished business of Black people being free.” Showing respect for opposing perspectives, The New Black charts a new map of the disputed territory where church teachings, long-held traditions, civil rights, and social conscience intersect and often clash.


“The New Black”


When Prop 8 passed in 2008, many supporters of marriage equality blamed the state’s African American church leaders for failing to embrace same-sex marriage as a civil rights issue. This drove a wedge between Black and LGBT communities.




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