AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange

Hosted by film, television, and stage actor Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, Captain America: The Winter Soldier), season six of AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange brings to viewers five compelling documentaries on contemporary African Diaspora. From the basketball courts in New York City's parks to a United Nations "special court" in Freetown, Sierra Leone, these five stories capture, examine and share the lives of individuals and communities from around the world.

Coming up: Monday, Jan. 13, at 8pm on WGBH World

Doin' it in the Park: Pick-Up, Basketball, NYC


"You can play high school or college for four years. You can play pro for a decade. You can play pick-up...for life."

Doin’ It in the Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC explores the history, culture, and social impact of New York’s summer b-ball scene, widely recognized as the worldwide "mecca" of the sport. With 700+ outdoor courts, and an estimated 500,000 players, of which the most loyal approach the game as a religion, the playground is their church. The film, co-directed by Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau, lovingly uncovers this movement through the voices of playground legends, NBA athletes and most importantly, the common ballplayer, who looks forward to calling “next” (game) at his local schoolyard. Pick-up basketball is not just a sport but a way of life.


Dear Mandela

Dear Mandela

AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange

Residents of South African shantytowns fight slum evictions.

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