Get Ready for a Very Special Journey.

AfroPop has delighted audiences for ten years. Season five’s stories are just as beautifully and poignantly told, and remind us that not enough has changed for people of African descent globally. Black Public Media is committed to continuing to bring to the American public these stories and others that celebrate the art, culture and creativity people of African descent for another 10 years.

Season 5

About the host

Gabourey Sidibe steps into a new role this winter as host of AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange, an innovative documentary series highlighting contemporary life, art and pop culture in the African Diaspora. Best known for her Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominated depiction of “Precious” in the Lee Daniels film Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, Sidibe also made waves with her hilarious performance in Tower Heist opposite Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy. The fifth season of AfroPoP, produced by Black Public Media premiered in January, 2013.

Ashe made his acting debut at age 10 in the role of Young Simba in the national tour of The Lion King. Onstage, he is perhaps best known for his Lincoln Center debut opposite Marin Ireland in Abe Koogler’s world-premiere production of Kill Floor, receiving glowing reviews from the New York Times for his pivotal role. Ashe also played the role of Junior in Manhattan Theatre Club’s critically acclaimed production of Choir Boy (directed by Trip Cullman), reprising the role at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta and the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

Ashe is also a talented vocalist, pianist and composer. Under the tutelage of renowned playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, he has developed original stories and music of his own. In 2015, he created a scholarship for young artists in his hometown of Freeport, Long Island.

Ashe collaborated with Cierra Glaude on a short film titled Last Looks, which had its world premiere at the 2017 Urbanworld Film Festival.


An African Election

Produced by Jarrett Merz

Director Jarreth Merz captures the passions of a young democracy in this behind-the-scenes look at the complex political machinery of a third world nation struggling to legitimize itseld to its first world contemporaries. At stake in Ghana’s 2008 presidential race are the fates of the country’s two major political parties, one tied to the incumbent and the other tied to a national hero who served as the country’s first elected leader. The film follows they key players for almost three months to provide an unprecedented insider’s view of the political, economic and social forces at work in the West African nation. The journey reveals not only the twists and turns of an unpredictable contest, but also the pride and humanity of the larger-than-life politicians, party operatives and citizens who battle for the soul of their country.

Dear Mandela

Produced by Dara Kell + Christopher Nizza

Premieres January 29th on WORLD Channel. Almost two decades after the end of apartheid three young activists living in a shanty town take the South African government to court for forced evictions in their township, fighting political odds that put even their lives at risk. Directed by Dara Kell and Christopher Nizza.


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A Lot Like You

Produced by Eliachi Kimaro

Premieres January 22nd on the WORLD Channel. In this award-winning and very personal documentary a young woman probes her interracial roots to find some difficult truths about her own past and her father’s male-dominated East African culture. Directed by Eliaichi Kimaro.


Made possible by a partnership with Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)

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Produced by Violeta Ayala + Daniel Fallshaw

Premieres February 26th on WORLD Channel. In this family reunion documentary turned international political thriller a pair of journalists discover the existence of slavery in a refugee camp. In their journey to tell a story of modern day slavery they themselves become the story. Directed by Violeta Ayala and Dan Fallshaw.


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