Queen Sugar’s Nicholas L. Ashe To Host ‘AfroPoP’ Series Premiering January 2018

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Queen Sugar’s Nicholas L. Ashe To Host ‘AfroPoP’ Series Premiering January 2018
Posted by Wilson Morales

December 19, 2019

Actor Nicholas L. Ashe, star of the acclaimed television show Queen Sugar (OWN), will host the 10th season of the groundbreaking public television series AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange. AfroPoP X brings to U.S. audiences a collection of documentary films focusing on issues including the arts, immigration, heritage, social justice and more—all examined through the lens of the African Diaspora. The series premieres on WORLD Channel at 8 p.m. ET (10 p.m. PT) on Monday, January 15—Martin Luther King Jr. Day. New episodes will air weekly through February 12. The show is produced by Black Public Media (formerly known as National Black Programming Consortium). Co-presented by distributor American Public Television (APT), AfroPoP will be released by APT to public television stations across the U.S. in February 2018.

Best known to television fans for his role as Micah on Queen Sugar, the award-winning series from Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay, Ashe has been acting since his stage debut at 10 as the young Simba in the national tour of The Lion King. He has also garnered film and television roles including 2016’s Custody with Viola Davis and Are We There Yet?

“As we celebrate 10 years of AfroPoP, Season 10’s films remind us not enough has changed for people of African descent globally. Immigration is still a challenge, inequitable treatment of women of color is still an issue, and inequitable distribution of resources is just as pervasive–even when the need is great and resources are available,” said BPM Director of Programs and Acquisitions and AfroPoP  Executive Producer Kay Shaw. “BPM 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.”

In 2007, with a plethora of films about the Black experience in need of distribution, BPM decided to create a series to show the full breadth of Black life. AfroPoP premiered on public television in 2008 with celebrity host Idris Elba and remains the nation’s only public television documentary series on contemporary life, art and culture across the African Diaspora. It has since aired 47 feature documentaries and several nonfiction and fiction shorts, providing a platform for filmmakers of color to tell their diverse stories. Anika Noni Rose, Wyatt Cenac, Gabourey Sidibe, Anthony Mackie, Yaya DaCosta, Jussie Smollett and Nikki Beharie, along with Ashe, have each served as AfroPoP hosts.

This season of the nation’s only public television documentary series on contemporary life, art and culture across the African Diaspora includes:

Black Panther Woman, Rachel Perkins’ moving documentary on Marlene Cummins, a member of the Australian Black Panther Party and her personal story of activism, art and addiction, including her coming forward with her own #MeToo moment from the movement (January 15); a shorts program consisting of Marco Williams’ Lonnie Holley: The Truth of the Dirt, Michael Fequiere’s Kojo and Jessica Beshir’s He Who Dances on Wood (January 22); Between 2 Shores, Mariette Monpierre’s gripping documentary about two Dominican women fighting to bring their children with them to their new lives in Guadeloupe, highlights a struggle faced by many immigrants today: family reunification (January 29);

Ten Days in Africa, Regi Allen’s humorous and insightful look at his trip to West Africa to explore the differences and similarities between Africans and African-Americans, a special encore broadcast from the first year of AfroPoP (February 5); and Fatal Assistance, award-winning filmmaker Raoul Peck’s scathing indictment of global aid policies that failed Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake’s aftermath. Peck was a recent Oscar nominee for I Am Not Your Negro, which was funded in part by BPM.

“AfroPoP is celebrating 10 years and still going strong. That is a testament to the great work BPM has done to curate and give voice to talented storytellers, and a validation that the series continues to serve viewers from across the country who value the diverse, educational, artistic and sometimes challenging programming that the program champions and celebrates,” said APT Director Business Development & International Sales Tom Davison. “APT is proud to have been with BPM from the get go and to partner with our colleagues at WORLD Channel to bring AfroPoP to public television audiences nationwide.”

“WORLD Channel is proud to celebrate 10 years of AfroPoP with our partners at Black Public Media and APT. Sharing diverse and unique stories from around the globe is core to our channel’s mission, and AfroPoP’s new season of films will continue to provide our audiences with a lens through which to view and better understand important narratives,” said WORLD Channel Executive Producer Chris Hastings. “We are so very proud that WORLD Channel is a part of the program’s continued distribution to public media.”

AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange is produced by Angela Tucker and directed by Duana Butler with the generous support of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and National Endowment for the Arts.
To find out more about AfroPoP, visit www.blackpublicmedia.org. For viewing information, check local listings or www.APTonline.org.


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