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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The New Black film screening and conversation with Yoruba Richen

Description:
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 communitys institutional pillar -- the black church -- and reveals the Christian right wings 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 and features several local activists and clergy including Sharon Lettman-Hicks, Rev. Delman Coates, and Karess Taylor-Hughes, who graduated from the University of Maryland in 2010 and worked as a field organizer for Equality Maryland and The Human Rights Campaign. The film has already won several awards, and is currently nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Best Documentary. Yoruba Richen is a Brooklyn-based documentary filmmaker who has directed and produced films in the US and abroad. Her award-winning documentary, Promised Land, received a Diverse Voices Co-Production Fund Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and premiered on the PBS series POV in July 2010. Richen has received numerous grants, including a Fulbright Award and International Reporting Project (IRP) grant. In 2012, she won the Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award and became a Guggenheim Fellow. She is a graduate of Brown University and teaches documentary film at CUNYs Graduate School of Journalism. This is the kick-off event for this year's lecture series in LGBT Studies, Queer Intimacies. For more information about the series, see http://lgbts.umd.edu/lectureseries.html
Start Time:
7pm
End Time:
10pm
Room:
Venue:
Hoff Theater
Common Location Name:
Stamp Student Union
Web Address:
lgbts.umd.edu/lectureseries.html
Email Contact:
lgbts@umd.edu
Other Contact Information:
LGBT Studies Program 2417 Marie Mount Hall
Event Sponsor
The Center for Historical Studies; the Center for Literary and Comparative Studies; the College of Arts and Humanities; the Department of English; the Department of Women's Studies; the Graduate School; the Hoff Funding Board; the LGBT Equity Center; the Office of Diversity and Inclusion; the Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy; the Office of Undergraduate Studies; the Pepsi Enhancement Fund; President's Commission on LGBT Issues; and Roshan Institute for Persian Studies
Ticket Information
Free; No tickets required.


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