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Despite its success, AfroPoP series still faces challenges

 

 

By Charles Hallman
Staff Writer

 

AfroPoP, the successful public television program that shows independent films and documentaries “on contemporary life, art and pop culture across the African Diaspora” is now in its sixth season. “If you would have told me that we were going to have six seasons, I probably would’ve said, ‘I need to get through this first one, I can’t think that far ahead,” jokes Co-Executive Producer Leslie Fields-Cruz.  She also is National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) vice president of operations and director of programming. The NBPC was founded in 1979. AfroPoP is produced by NBPC and co-presented by American Public Television (APT), and shown on the PBS World channel.  Beginning in February, however APT will distribute AfroPoP to additional public television

stations. As a result, TPT Life Channel 2.3 now airs the program on Saturday nights (check local listings for times). Continue Reading →

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Film documents a year of inner-city high school reality

 
School’s former principal recalls many ‘tough conversations’
 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

A documentary on one year at an American high school will premiere on public television next week. 180 Days: A Year inside an American High School airs Monday-Tuesday, March 25-26, 8-10 pm on TPT Channel 2. Previously released documentaries such as Waiting for Superman have debated the need for public school reform, especially in urban areas of the U.S., and 180 Days shows television viewers “an intimate portrait of life” in Washington (D.C.) Metropolitan High School, known as “DC Met,” an alternative high school that historically has had low test scores. The film covers day one to day 180 of the entire 2011-12 academic year. Produced by the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), PBS is presenting the film in conjunction with Tavis Smiley Reports’ “Education under Arrest,” which is scheduled to air on Channel 2 Tuesday, March 26, at 11 pm. Continue Reading →

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This week’s Entertainment spotlights!

The Music
 

 

Herschel & The Detainees Present… BOOMBASTIC! Sat., Mar. 23, 8 pm • Fine Line Music Café
318 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-338-8100 or www.finelinemusic.com
Herschel & The Detainees will be rocking the house along with their brothers and sisters of RJ & The Soul, Devine Collection, and Ceewhy! Continue Reading →

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An African Election: a look at Ghana’s 2008 presidential election

 Producers hope to inspire U.S. Blacks to get out to vote 
 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Both political parties are doing almost anything to win this national election. Not the upcoming U.S. presidential election but An African Election, a film by Jarreth Mertz that shows a behind-the-scenes look at the days leading up to the 2008 presidential elections in Ghana. The documentary premiered October 1 on PBS World (which is not available locally) and will be shown on all public television stations nationwide on Wednesday, October 3 (check local listings), but viewers can see the documentary online for up to two weeks after it premiers at http://afropop.tv. Mertz’s film shows the people of Ghana wrestling with who to choose as their next president. He expertly captured both candidates and their speeches around the country, while their campaign operatives feverishly worked in their attempts to convince the voters that their party has all the answers. Continue Reading →

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That’s My Face depicts a journey seeking African images, affirmation

 
Filmmaker finds himself reflected in Afro-Brazilian culture

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Thomas Allen Harris did what his grandfather always wanted to but didn’t get the chance — embark and complete a mythic journey to the motherland. “My grandfather emphasized Marcus Garvey and always wanted to go to Africa, but he wasn’t able to go because my grandmother refused to let him go,” says Harris, who was born in the Bronx. “So he passed on his dream to all of his kids, and they all went to Africa.”

Harris’ mother accepted a short-term teaching job there, and took him and his brother with her when they were youngsters. “My mother imagined Africa as a place that would accept us,” said the filmmaker in That’s My Face, which was shown on the PBS World channel during Black History Month in February. “When it was time to come back to the States, none of us wanted to come back. Continue Reading →

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