Actress Gabourey Sidibe is the new host of AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange, a documentary series highlighting contemporary life, art and pop culture in the African Diaspora. Now in its 5th season, AfroPoP premiered January 22 on public television’s(PBS) WORLD channel. The series will air every Tuesday through February 5.
Sidibe, who is best known for her Oscar-nominated performance in the film “Precious” accepted the role of host as an opportunity to learn more about her roots. “I am part African—I am Senegalese. So I looked at it as a chance to get closer to where I am from,” she says.
The actress is hoping that this season, which focuses on human and women’s rights issues, will shatter myths about Africa.
“Growing up I was the African kid in my school. Every time I went back to Africa people thought I was sleeping in a bush and being chased by lions, but it wasn’t that,” she said. “So I hope people can see themselves in this series and I hope it highlights that everyone struggles and celebrates.”
Take a look at the premiere below titled, “A Lot Like You,” which follows a half-Korean, half-Tanzanian sexual-abuse survivor and filmmaker as she explores her African roots, and learns about the sexual violence faced by her aunts and other women in the Chagga culture.
AfroPoP is a US-based public television show featuring independent documentaries and short films about life, art, and culture from the contemporary African Diaspora. The African Diaspora includes Africa, the Caribbean, Canada, South America, Europe, the US, and anywhere people of African descent have made a significant contribution to the culture. AfroPoP is the only series on US public television that focuses solely on stories from the African Diaspora. This independent documentary series is produced by the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), distributed by American Public Television (APT), and supported by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
To find out if AfroPop is shown in your local area, click >Here<.
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This sounds like great programming…too bad its not available everywhere. Thank you for sharing this with us!
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Greetings Arelis! You’re so welcome! Yes I truly hope that it can somehow get expanded for airing in more areas. It’s a great show. Thank you so much for sharing here with me!
Interesting I don’t really watch a lot of shows and definitely we don’t have this show in our country.
Greetings JONG! Yes unfortunately the WORLD channel is not in every country–I truly wish that it was because they have such interesting programming. ~Thank you so very much for sharing here with me!