Independent Lens: The New Black

About This Episode


The story of how the African American community is debating the marriage equality movement and the fight over LGBT rights. Documenting the activists, families, and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage, The New Black examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar — the black church — while exploring ways this phenomenon may have been exploited by political conservatives.

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.