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AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange

Many complicated, opposing and controversial viewpoints are often presented about Africans, African Americans and people of the African Diaspora. AfroPoP: THE ULTIMATE CULTURAL EXCHANGE is at the forefront in bringing informative and entertaining films about modern life in the African Diaspora to television audiences in the U.S.

Mama Gloria

58m 28s

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.

Episodes

  • Bakosó: Afrobeats of Cuba: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Bakosó: Afrobeats of Cuba

    S13 E1305 - 55m 31s

    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.

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    Film Shorts

    S13 E1304 - 58m 12s

    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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    Professional Black Girl

    S13 E1303 - 57m 50s

    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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    Finding Sally

    S13 E1302 - 56m 40s

    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.

  • Mama Gloria: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Mama Gloria

    S13 E1301 - 58m 28s

    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.

Extras + Features

Schedule

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    Afropop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange: TVSS: Iconic

    AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange

    While I Breathe, I Hope

    Friday
    Oct 29

    1 Hour

    The 2014 campaign of Bakari Sellers, a young black Democrat running for lieutenant governor of South Carolina.
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    Afropop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange: TVSS: Iconic

    AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange

    While I Breathe, I Hope

    Saturday
    Oct 30

    1 Hour

    The 2014 campaign of Bakari Sellers, a young black Democrat running for lieutenant governor of South Carolina.
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    Afropop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange: TVSS: Iconic

    AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange

    My Friend Fela and Birth of Afrobeat

    Friday
    Nov 5

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    "My Friend Fela" offers a new perspective on Nigerian musician Fela Kuti by biographer Carlos Moore; the animated short "Birth of Afrobeat" details how Nigerian drummer Tony and his partner Fela Kuti created the Afrobeat genre.
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    Afropop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange: TVSS: Iconic

    AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange

    My Friend Fela and Birth of Afrobeat

    Saturday
    Nov 6

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    "My Friend Fela" offers a new perspective on Nigerian musician Fela Kuti by biographer Carlos Moore; the animated short "Birth of Afrobeat" details how Nigerian drummer Tony and his partner Fela Kuti created the Afrobeat genre.

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