In her documentary films, Yoruba Richen unites African-American, feminist and LGBTQ voices in a renewed cry for civil rights for all.

Why you should listen

With her documentary film The New Black, Yoruba Richen celebrates the successes of the struggle for LGBTQ rights, while seeking to find common ground in all corners of the African-American community on this complex and contentious issue.
Raised in Harlem, Richen developed an early fascination with the disconnect between the worlds of poverty and wealth, and an awareness of how voices outside of the mainstream are often marginalized -- or excised completely -- from the democratic discourse.

What others say

“["The New Black"] is a daring piece to say the least, exploring the often volatile relationship between the LGBTQ community and African Americans with ease, patience and eloquence.” —

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TED Talks in context

None of us is free until all of us are free

June 6, 2014

The synthesis between the civil rights movement and the gay rights movement reminds us to that the fight for equality is playing out on multiple fronts simultaneously. To be truly victorious in this struggle, we can’t narrowly focus on our own battles. Instead, let’s focus on promoting equality and justice for all.

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Retrospect: The speakers in session 2 at TED 2014

March 18, 2014

This year, TED turns 30. It’s a big, round anniversary — the kind that brings with it a welcome moment of reflection. In this session, we look backward and see how far the world has come in the past three decades. These speakers turn back the clocks and offer bold new ways to think about […]

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