African American LGBT Issues Examined In “The New Black”

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The Athena Cinema wil screen the documentary The New Black for two nights only, Wednesday, Nov. 20 and Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.

"We are really excited to have The New Black screened here as it opens a different dialogue concerning LGBT-related issues and the African American community," said Lexus Davis, Ohio University student and employee of the Athena Cinema.

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.

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.

Each screening will be preceded by a brief introduction and followed by an informal panel discussion in which the audience will be welcome to share reactions and raise questions.

The screenings will be free and open to the public, thanks to the following Ohio University organizations: Campus Involvement Center, Film Division, Black Student Cultural Programming Board, Multicultural Center, Office of Multicultural Student Access and Retention, Women’s Center and the LGBT Center.

For more information, contact Alexandra Kamody at 740-594-7382 or For more information about The Athena Cinema, visit or follow theater events on Facebook.