POPS

POPS is a documentary web series about African American men facing the toughest challenge of their lives: becoming good fathers.

POPS addresses the reality and challenges of 21st century parenthood for African American fathers. The media narrative of the deadbeat black father is generally accepted as a fact of life for African American children. Buried beneath these assumptions are the facts of black fatherhood that dispel some of those stereotypes.

The web series follows the parenting experiences of Shaka Senghor, La Guardia Cross Jr., and the Stroman-Inniss family during the course of a year. Each father explores the universal themes of responsibility, nurturing and love. They differ in personalities, socioeconomic backgrounds and struggles but share the collective experience of fatherhood. Their stories serve to reflect the reality of black fathers in America.

Each father’s story is told in five episodes over the course of a calendar year. Shot in verité documentary style rich with raw, intimate moments, each character reveals what fatherhood looks like in their world.

A series by Garland McLaurin

#BlackDadJoy #PopsLife

Series begins October 26 on Indie Lens Storycast

A new, free, subscription-based docu-series channel on YouTube that showcases stories by indie makers that reflect the funny, strange and dynamic world we live in. A partnership with ITVS, Independent Lens and PBS Digital Studios. www.youtube.com/IndieLensStorycast

CREDITS

CHRIS & SHELTON

Executive Producer - Jason Samuels

Executive Producer for ITVS - Sally Jo Fifer

Supervising Producer for ITVS - Karim Ahmad

Director/Producer - Garland McLaurin

Editor - Carol Slatkin

Coordinating Producer - Talia Rodgers, Rashida Johnson

Impact Producer - Darcy Heusel

Production Attorney - LynnAnn Klotz, Esq.

Production Accountant - Ameena Din

Series Graphics - Dana Kinlaw

Series Animator - Nguyen Khoi Nguyen

Audio Post-Production - Richard Humphries, Takoma Media

Colorist - Matt Doe

Production Coordinator for ITVS - Clementine Briand

Still Photographer - Chaunna Michole Henry

2nd Camera (Marriage Shoot) - Charles W. Griffith III

Production Assistant - Byron Ezell, Solomon Moriba

Music - Megatrax

Production Insurance - Film Emporium, Inc.

Special Thanks To:
The Inniss Family
The Stroman Family
Chris Stoman-Inniss
Shelton Stroman-Inniss
Jonathan Stroman-Inniss
The Georgia Voice
Patrick Saunders
PC&E - Atlanta, GA
The City of Snellville
National Black Programming Consortium
Sandy Rattley
Topper Carew
Mari Richards
Laini Madhubuti
Thomas Goodwin
Damon Colquhoun
Nosamarie Garrick
Lesley Norman
Deepa Dubay
WNET Staff
ITVS Staff
Ingrid Kopp
Alex Bloom
Lam Thuy Voy
Phil Bertleson
Yoruba Richen
Angela Tucker
NBPC Pitch #360 Fellows

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LA GUARDIA

Executive Producer - Jason Samuels

Executive Producer for ITVS - Sally Jo Fifer

Supervising Producer for ITVS - Karim Ahmad

Director/Producer - Garland McLaurin

Editor - Carol Slatkin

Coordinating Producer - Talia Rodgers, Rashida Johnson

Impact Producer - Darcy Heusel

Production Attorney - LynnAnn Klotz, Esq.

Production Accountant - Ameena Din

Series Graphics - Dana Kinlaw

Co-Producer - La Guardia Cross

Audio Post-Production - Richard Humphries, Takoma Media

Colorist - Matt Doe

Production Coordinator for ITVS - Clementine Briand

Second Camera - Breht Gardner

Still Photographer - Chaunna Michole Henry

Production Assistant - Byron Ezell, Solomon Moriba

Music - Megatrax

Production Insurance - Film Emporium, Inc.

Special Thanks To:
La Guardia Cross Entertainment
La Guardia Cross
Leah Cross
Amalah Cross
La Guardia Cross Sr.
Violet Cross
Larry Cross
Karen Marie Nelson
Rick Case Honda
The Men’s Warehouse
Budget Video Rentals - Miami, FL
The City of Miami
The City of Sunrise, FL
National Black Programming Consortium
Sandy Rattley
Topper Carew
Mari Richards
Laini Madhubuti
Thomas Goodwin
Damon Colquhoun
Nosamarie Garrick
Lesley Norman
Deepa Dubay
WNET Staff
ITVS Staff
Phil Bertleson
Yoruba Richen
Angela Tucker
NBPC Pitch #360 Fellows

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SHAKA

Executive Producer - Jason Samuels

Executive Producer for ITVS - Sally Jo Fifer

Supervising Producer for ITVS - Karim Ahmad

Director/Producer - Garland McLaurin

Editor - Carol Slatkin

Coordinating Producer - Talia Rodgers, Rashida Johnson

Impact Producer - Darcy Heusel

Production Attorney - LynnAnn Klotz, Esq.

Production Accountant - Ameena Din

Series Graphics - Dana Kinlaw

Series Animator - Nguyen Khoi Nguyen

Audio Post-Production - Richard Humphries, Takoma Media

Colorist - Matt Doe

Production Coordinator for ITVS - Clementine Briand

Second Camera - Breht Gardner

Still Photographer - Chaunna Michole Henry

Production Assistant - Byron Ezell, Solomon Moriba

Music - Megatrax, APM Music, DeWolfe Music

Production Insurance - Film Emporium, Inc.

Stock Footage - Shutterstock

Special Thanks To:
Drop A Gem Publishing
Beyond Prisons
James White Sr.
The White Family
The Roberts Family
Shaka Senghor
Ebony Roberts
Sekou Senghor
Detroit vs. Everybody
Tommey Walker
Mayflower Bowling Alley
Own Network
TED
CNN
BME
Trabian Shorters
Benjamin Evans
#CUT 50
Van Jones
Oprah Winfrey
The City of Detroit
National Black Programming Consortium
Sandy Rattley
Topper Carew
Mari Richards
Laini Madhubuti
Thomas Goodwin
Damon Colquhoun
Nosamarie Garrick
Lesley Norman
Deepa Dubay
WNET Staff
ITVS Staff
Phil Bertleson
Yoruba Richen
Angela Tucker
NBPC Pitch #360 Fellows

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