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MUST SEE: The New Black Film Documentary Summer Tour


Please join NBJC as we travel across the country and celebrate an authentic and illuminating depiction of the tension, triumphs and victories that take place at the intersection of religious beliefs and civil rights with the launch of the documentary film, The New Black.


The New Black is a provocative new documentary film that powerfully illustrates 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. The film will be featured in several prominent film festivals throughout the summer that include: the Los Angeles Film Festival (June 14-16); Human Rights Watch Film Festival of New York (June 19-20); AFI DOCS Film Festival in Washington, DC (June 22-23) and Frameline37: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival (June 29).   


We encourage you to purchase your tickets TODAY and witness history captured on film. 




Yoruba Richen


Yoruba Richen, an internationally renowned documentary filmmaker, serves as the director of this motion picture. Teamed with notable producers like  Yvonne Welbon, producer of Living with Pride: Ruth Ellis @ 100, and Emmy nominated Angela Tuckerthis story is anchored at the intersection of Black American culture and the LGBT equality movement.


The New Black 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. You will be sure to see familiar faces, for this film prominently features NBJC's own Executive Director and CEO, Sharon Lettman-Hicks, and showcases several NBJC emerging leaders, including NBJC's Leadership Advisory Council Member Samantha Master and HRC's Karess Taylor-Hughes.



Tour Dates and Locations


Los Angeles Film Festival


Friday, June 14, 7:30pm

Regal Cinemas 13

Sunday, June 16, 6:50pm

American Airlines Theatre/Regal 11

For more information and tickets visit here


Human Rights Watch Film Festival


Wednesday, June 19, 7:00pm

IFC Center, 323 Avenue of the Americas | New York, NY  10014

Thursday, June 20, 6:30pm

Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Francesca Beale Theater

144 West 65th Street | New York, NY 10023 

For more information and tickets, visit here


AFI DOCS Film Festival


Saturday, June 22, 1:15pm (Washington, DC)

Sunday, June 23, 1:15pm (Silver Springs, MD)

For more information and tickets, visit here


Frameline37: LGBT Film Festival


Saturday, June 29, 1:15pm, Castro Theater

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The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS.