Tony Award-winning actress Anika Noni Rose is hosting the second season of “AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange” that airs on public TV stations starting in mid-October.
In the series, Anika will introduce four eye-popping documentaries about Black people in Africa and the United States. The hour-long docs show just how similar life can be on the two very different continents. One documentary introduces us to Hurricane Katrina survivors who were put on a surprise flight from New Orleans to Utah and strip-searched before they received assistance. Another one follows an American hip-hop group to Sierre Leone, where they collaborate with African artists and confront stereotypes.
The National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) produced the AfroPop series and said Anika’s work in Africa (where she filmed The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency with Jill Scott) and the U.S. makes her the perfect host. “She shares a link to and insightful understanding of Black life in other parts of the world,” said NBPC Executive Director Jacquie Jones.
In November, Anika will go down in history as the voice of the first-ever Black princess, Princess Tiana, in Disney’s highly anticipated The Princess and the Frog.
– Sabrina M. Parker