Season 8

About This Series

The anthology series AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange is an exploration of the present-day realities and contemporary lifestyles of Africans, both on the continent and in the evolving diaspora. Hosted by actor Jussie Smollett, currently starring in the hit series "Empire," season eight offers unique perspectives on the complicated, and at times controversial, viewpoints about Africa and the diaspora.

As immigration and refugee concerns dominate the news, AfroPoP takes on migration and asylum head on. The series begins its journey on the Saharan shores of the Atlantic Ocean as an African immigrant sets off to Europe with expectations of a better life (Days of Hope), stops in the Caribbean for a joyful celebration of the melodious steel drum (Pan! Our Music Odyssey), heads to São Vicente in Cape Verde to meet transgender woman Tchinda as she prepares to celebrate a beloved annual festival (Tchindas), and then travels to Oakland, California to follow six figures as their lives connect at a monthly street festival (First Fridays). The journey ends on the ultimate expression of hope — our youth — with shorts from the west and east coasts of Africa (My Africa Is and Native Sun).

AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange is produced by the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), and co-presented by American Public Television (APT).