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'Milk' Screenwriter Pens "Mama's Boy," an Ode to Mothers' Strength

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Dustin Lance Black is the author of "Mama's Boy." (Photo: Raul Romo)

On this Friday before Mother’s Day weekend, we’ll talk with filmmaker and LGBTQ activist Dustin Lance Black about his memoir “Mama’s Boy” a story that celebrates both his mom’s love and her resilience. Black, who is best known for his Oscar-winning original screenplay for “Milk,” was also instrumental in overturning Proposition 8, California’s ban on gay marriage. But before Black was front and center in the fight for marriage equality, he was a shy kid growing up in East Texas. “Mama’s Boy” digs into Black’s relationship with his devout Mormon mother as much as it honors her ability to survive polio and poverty. Tell us: What do you realize about your mom as an adult, that you didn’t realize about when you were a kid? What did your mom’s life teach you?


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