PBS Series Sheds Light on Black Fatherhood in America

“My hope is that these portraits of African-American dads will shed light on the beautiful and daunting experience of fatherhood"

by Shantell E. Jamison, October 17, 2017

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A new PBS docuseries is seeking to shed light on authentic Black fatherhood.

POPS: Fatherhood, the Untold Story is set to premiere on PBS/Indie Lens Storycast on Oct. 26.

The 11-part series was produced and directed by Peabody award-winning filmmaker Garland McLaurin. It tells three stories of African-American dads who come from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. All of the subjects are “deeply engaged in the beautiful struggle of fatherhood,” according to a press release sent to EBONY announcing the documentary.

“It’s a great opportunity to reach a large audience with Pops on Indie Lens Storycast,” says McLaurin. “My hope is that these portraits of African-American dads will shed light on the beautiful and daunting experience of fatherhood and dispel myths about Black men and parenting.”
Following its debut, new episodes of Pops will premiere every Thursday into the month of January, with episodes ranging from 5-8 minutes each.
PBS/Lens Storycasts is a new web channel housed under the PBS Digital Banner. It’s television’s largest showcase of independent documentary film. Visit www.pbs.org/independentlens/about for more information.

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