The New Black: Screening and Talkback

MAR 03, 2014 | 6:30 PM TO 9:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


1201: Elebash Recital Hall


March 03, 2014: 6:30 PM-9:00 PM






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 and 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 and provides a seat at the kitchen table 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. For more information, visit

Yoruba Richen is a documentary filmmaker whose work focuses on illuminating issues of race, space, and power. She grew up in Harlem, New York City and these experiences continue to shape questions of race and access explored in her work.  Richen studied political science and theatre at Brown University and went on to receive a master’s degree in City Planning at UC Berkeley. Combining her passion for social justice and telling stories, she pursued a career in documentary filmmaking, working on documentaries for HBO, BET, and A&E as well as working in the investigative unit at ABC News. She is the recipient of many awards, including a Fulbright Award and the CLAGS Giard Fellowship.