The New Black

The New Black

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Join us for a film that examines how the African American community is grappling with the gay rights issue.

WXXI's Community Cinema series is pleased to present The New Black, followed by a group discussion, on Monday, June 23 at at 7:00 p.m. at the Little Theatre. The New Black examines how the African American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the 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 in Maryland. This film will be followed by a group discussion. This event is in partnership with The Gay Alliance.

Panelists for the discussion include: 

Bruce E. Smail, M.A. is the Executive Director of the MOCHA Center --- a nonprofit organization focused on improving the Health & Wellness of LGBT communities of color. Smail has over 25 years of experience working on social justice issues and extensive experience with students of colors, LGBTQ students, and people living with HIV/AIDS. As a bisexual, person of color, living with HIV, and raised in the Caribbean, Smail has been passionate about addressing multiple dimensions of identity and finding ways to value all parts of one’s identity.

Paulette Hall is a native Rochesterian and retired postal clerk who currently serves as Deacon in the Unity Fellowship Church Movement. She is in a loving same-sex marriage with a family that includes an adult son and daughter and an 18-year-old daughter at home. Hall is passionate about helping marginalized people regain hope in their spiritual and everyday lives and has translated her faith into action for many years.

Reverend Marlowe V. N. Washington is the pastor of Christ Community Church of Rochester. Prior to founding his own church in October 2010, Reverend Washington was ordained an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church and served that denomination as pastor in Harlem, N.Y.; Providence, R.I.; Newark, N.J. and Rochester. Dedicated to social and political activism, his ministry and community engagement reflect a diverse range of causes and strategies within the goal of working to create justice and equality for all people. A graduate from New York Theological Seminary in Manhattan, N.Y., Reverend Washington is a doctoral candidate at Roberts Wesleyan College Northeastern Seminary in Rochester, New York. 

WXXI's Community Cinema series features films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series, Independent Lens. The screenings, held at the Little Theatre (240 East Avenue, Rochester, NY), will be followed by lively panel discussions to encourage dialogue and action around important and timely social issues. These events are free, open to the public, and reservations are not required.

The New Black  Film Trailer:

Community Cinema is presented by ITVS and funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.