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AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange

AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange’s stories are beautifully and poignantly told, and remind us that despite the hardships people of African descent face globally our spirit of ingenuity burns bright. Black Public Media is committed to continuing to bring these stories, and others that celebrate the art, culture and creativity people of African descent, to the American public.

Starting Monday, April 5, the newest season of AfroPoP will feature shorts and feature-length films about individuals who challenge systems of oppression and inequality, and those who create new avenues of expression through the arts. Watch on WORLD (check your local listings), online and the PBS app.

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Season 13

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    Mama Gloria

    Mama Gloria is a feature documentary about Gloria Allen, a 75-year-old Black trailblazing transgender activist who started a charm school for homeless trans youth and is now aging with joy and grace. It is the story of a mother’s love – the love that Gloria’s mother had for her and the love that Gloria has for her chosen children.

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    Finding Sally

    Finding Sally tells the incredible story of a 23-year-old woman from an upper-class family who became a communist rebel with the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Party. Idealistic and in love, Sally got caught up in her country’s revolutionary fervor and landed on the military government’s Most Wanted List. She went underground and her family never saw her again.

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    Professional Black Girl

    Covering everyday topics like hairstyles and hair care, personal fashion and style, Professional Black Girl (PBG) features a curated selection of episodes from the popular web series. Every story is like a conversation with a woman you know, whether it is your homegirl, your sister, your auntie, or your mama.

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    Film Shorts

    Betye Saar: Taking Care of Business: There's no stopping the legendary artist Betye Saar, even at age 93. Pushing boundaries for 70 years, this portrait of artist Betye Saar shows she isn't done fighting inequality in her personal and powerful work. Inside her LA studio, Saar talks about collecting objects, African American history, art as a weapon, and making people think.

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    Bakosó: Afrobeats of Cuba

    What does “Está Rico” by Marc Anthony, Will Smith & Bad Bunny have in common with “Made For Now” by Janet Jackson x Daddy Yankee? They both high-jacked AfroBeats and did not give the genre’s origin props. Bakosó is a film that does the opposite, following DJ Jigüe to his hometown of Santiago de Cuba to find inspiration from the new sounds.

About Season 12

AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange explores stories of modern life in the African Diaspora with a slate of documentaries journeying through Brazil, Nigeria, Turkey, South Africa, the United States, Liberia and beyond. The films of season 12 will introduce audiences to new and unsung trailblazers in the Diaspora, and provide new viewpoints on stories and lives we thought we knew.

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    My Friend Fela and Birth of Afrobeat

    A new perspective on the Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, MY FRIEND FELA is told through conversations with his close friend and official biographer, African-Cuban Carlos Moore. The accompanying live-action animated short, BIRTH OF AFROBEAT, tells how Nigerian drummer Tony Allen and his partner Fela Kuti created the Afrobeat genre.

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    Amina

    AMINA follows the journey of an African immigrant woman living in Istanbul and Turkey, and the cultural challenges she faces as she pursues her dreams.

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    Daddy and the Warlord

    DADDY AND THE WARLORD follows a daughter’s captivating quest to understand why her father collaborated with three corrupt government leaders in Liberia and the infamous war criminal Charles Taylor.

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    Gilda Brasileiro: Against Oblivion

    GILDA BRASILEIRO tells the story of one woman’s fight to expose the history of an illegal 19th century slave-trading post in the Brazilian rainforest, where hundreds of thousands of Africans were enslaved.

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    Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela and Spit on the Broom

    TWELVE DISCIPLES OF NELSON MANDELA tells an intimate tale about an African-American family, the anti-apartheid movement, and the quest for reconciliation between a father and son. The accompanying experimental short SPIT ON THE BROOM highlights The United Order of Tents, a secret organization of black women founded during the height of the Underground Railroad.

About Season 11

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK actress Danielle Brooks will help guide audiences as they journey through AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange’s slate of documentary and short stories on contemporary life, art and culture in the African Diaspora. Season 11 of the trailblazing series highlights diverse issues, including social justice, politics, LGBTQ identity, fashion and violence against women.

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    Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba!

    MAMA AFRICA: MIRIAM MAKEBA! traces the life and music of the South African singer and anti-apartheid activist, the voice and the hope of Africa. Using rare archive footage of her performances and interviews, MAMA AFRICA introduces a new generation to the music and fascinating life of the woman who stood for truth and justice, fought for the oppressed and campaigned tirelessly against apartheid.

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    Mama Colonel

    Colonel Honorie Munyole, more commonly known as “Mama Colonel,” works for the Congolese police force and heads the unit for the protection of minors and the fight against sexual violence. Having worked for 15 years in Bukavu, she is transferred to Kisangani, where she finds herself faced with new challenges. Mama Colonel addresses the issue of violence towards women and children in the DRC.

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    The Faces We Lost

    THE FACES WE LOST is a moving documentary about the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda and the efforts of those who remain to remember the loved ones they lost. The film follows nine Rwandans, who guide viewers through their experiences and remembrances of loved ones using photographic images, or in some cases, lamenting the absence of any evidence to help them keep their loved ones’ memories alive.

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    While I Breathe, I Hope

    What does it mean to be young, Black, and a Democrat in the South? WHILE I BREATHE, I HOPE unravels this question through the experiences of South Carolina politician Bakari Sellers. Follow Sellers on his 2014 bid for lieutenant governor, through the 2015 Charleston shootings, and to the present as he takes on a national role on CNN and considers his future in Trump’s America. (Director's Cut)

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    Short Films

    An eclectic selection of three short programs: black enuf*, an animated story about belonging and self-love while exploring expanding ideas of black identity; SWIMMIN' LESSON, a poetic and moving tale of one young father's recollection of his son's fate during Hurricane Katrina; and DRESSED LIKE KINGS, a look at the South African pageant where men compete in formal wear for "Best and Freshest."

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