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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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Up-and-coming filmmaker debuts in Twin Cities — Award-winning feature to screen at Sound Unseen

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty will be presented on August 14 by Sound Unseen, a monthly screening series held every second Wednesday at Minneapolis’ Trylon Microcinema, located on 3258 Minnehaha Avenue South. The film is part of a doubleheader with showtime starting at 7 pm. It stars Terence Nance, who also wrote and directed the film, and Namik Minter as a couple in a relationship that swings between platonic and romantic; but in whose mind? An Oversimplification of Her Beauty is mostly autobiographical: “Yeah, it’s me unfortunately,” admits the Dallas born and raised Nance about the leading male character in his first film. “The easiest part was [being] in front of the camera,” says Nance on his triple role of star/writer/director. Continue Reading →

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