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An African Election: Premiere Night!

Though there may not have been a red carpet or champagne bottles popped, but Racialicious and National Black Programming Consortium’s (NBPC) AfroPoP.TV celebrated the PBS premiere of Jarreth Merz’s An African Election in fine live-tweeting style.

We had a lively interaction with not only WGBH’s Celeste Headlee and the panelists— including director Jarreth Merz, multimedia broadcaster/commentator Derrick Ashong, VivirLatino owner and Univision writer Maegan Ortiz, and commentators Lenny McAllister and Stacy Washington—thanks to our many tweeters, like commentator Scot Nakagawa, the R’s Tami Winfrey Harris, writer Kenyon Farrow, and scholar Dr. Regina Bradley.

Then, the movie started and the comments flowed. 

And we Storified the event for posterity! Check out what folks said during the panel discussion and the movie here.

A bouquet of gratitude to everyone who supported the buzz for last night’s premiere! 


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When was the last time people this were excited to vote?

An African Election. October 1 on World.


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AAE Tweet-Up: Ghanaian Women And The 2008 Election

We bring the tweetversation full circle to Ghana’s stabilized democracy and what it means to Ghanaian women. Did the 2008 election bring changes in the lives of the women living there? Did the government honor any part of the feminist document Women’s Manifesto For Ghana? Can feminism move the policies necessary to gender equity in Ghana forward?

Ghanaian feminist Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, who not only works as the Communications Officer at the African Women’s Development Fund but co-runs the fabulous, don’t-sleep-on-it blog Adventures From The Bedrooms Of African Women (all about safer sex and sexuality geared towards African women and progressive African men), graciously closed out our tweet-up series by answering these questions as well as giving her own thoughts about Jarreth Merz’s An African Election

We at the R and National Black Programming Consortium’s (NBPC) AfroPoP.TV are so thankful to our guest tweeters Dr. Benjamin Talton, Dr. James Peterson, Dr. Yaba Blay, Minna Salami, and Nana for guest-tweeting and to everyone who hung out with us.

Please don’t forget tune into PBS’ WORLD Channel on October 1 for the public-media premiere of An African Election and the pre-premiere panel. The panel is scheduled to include filmmaker Jarreth Merz, journalist/author Dayo Olopade, VivirLatino’s Maegan Ortiz, and multimedia superstar Derrick Ashong.

The panel kicks off at 8PM, and the premiere starts at 8:30PM with live-tweeting from (among others) Racialicious, NBPC, and Disgrasian's Jen Wang! Join us!


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Kwame Nkrumah’s Term as President of Ghana

A clip from An African Election
Premiering October 1 on World.


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If every four years you go to the polling station and you put a piece of paper in a ballot box and you are not generating sufficient wealth—and you’re not distributing the wealth that is generated equitably, and people still suffer from poverty, ignorance, and disease, [then] democracy is absolutely meaningless.


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