Black cinema has rarely addressed homosexuality head on. The exceptions like 2004’s Brother to Brother or 2011’s Pariah did well on the festival circuit but rarely resonated beyond. Documentary has proved a strong site for examining black gay identity. It found its groove in Paris is Burning, for example. In his 1988 film, Tongues Untied, the black, gay documentarian Marlon Riggs zeroed in on black gay identity in an attempt, he said, to “…shatter the nation’s brutalizing silence on matters of sexual and racial difference.”The near silence in cinema since speaks of how African American LGBT identity remains a subject that is difficult to breach. It is perhaps this that makes Moonlight — a black, gay coming-of-age drama — so electrifying.