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Orange Isn’t The Only New Black: Yoruba Richen on Black vs. Gay Narrative

Orange Isn’t The Only New Black: Yoruba Richen on Black vs. Gay Narrative
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Out filmmaker Yoruba Richen’s documentary The New Black tells the story of how the Black community is grappling with protections for LGBT people in light of the recent marriage equality gains and the fight over civil rights. In addition to screenings across the country, The New Black will be aired on PBS this Sunday, June 15. In conjunction with the television premiere, TED posted Richen’s passionate talk from this year’s conference in Vancouver.

As a member of both communities, Richen unpacks how the LGBT equality movement and Civil Rights Movement have been pitted against one another as a tactic used by the conservative right, as well as what the fight for LGBT rights learned from the historic struggle for racial justice. “I’m a beneficiary of both movements, so this was actually personal,” she shares. Watch the 17-minute clip below. You can read the full transcript here.

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