This past Monday night's free screening of "The New Black" by Yoruba Richen, the 2011-2012 Robert Giard Foundation Fellow, drew a large and enthusiastic crowd to the CUNY Graduate Center. Professor andré carrington of Drexell University, a board member of CUNY’s Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS), and Giard board president Carl Sylvestre were on hand to introduce the film and the director. Following the screening, Ms. Richen took questions from the audience and was joined onstage by Karess Taylor-Hughes, who features prominently in the film as one of the activists
María Irene Fornés and Her Mother, New York, NY, 1990
Dramatist María Irene Fornés was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1930 and immigrated with her family to the United States in 1945. She started her artistic career as a painter before turning to playwriting in the early 1960s. Fornés’s first play to be performed on stage was Tango Palace (originally produced as There! You Died! in 1963). Her best-known play, Fefu and Her Friends (1977), looks at a group of women,their relationships,
On Monday, March 3rd at 6:30 pm, at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue (between 34th and 35th Streets), in the Elebash Recital Hall, there will be a free screening of the 2011-2012 Robert Giard Foundation Fellowship winning project The New Black by Yoruba Richen.
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 marriage equality movement and the fight over LGBT civil rights. For a preview of this film visit http://www.newblackfilm.com/the-film.
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