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Jazz Great Roy Hargrove Highlighted In AFROPOP Series Black Music Month Special

The Erykah Badu executive-produced documentary, capturing the final tour of jazz luminary Roy Hargrove's life, begins streaming on Friday, June 28.

By: Jun. 17, 2024
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AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange marks Black Music Month with the release of HARGROVE, Eliane Henri's intimate portrait of an international superstar on what unexpectedly was his last world tour. Executive produced by Erykah Badu, the documentary follows Grammy Award-winning artist Roy Hargrove as he battles illness to charm audiences during a European summer tour. The film premieres on Friday, June 28 as an AfroPoP special, streaming on the WORLD YouTube channel, and              

AfroPoP is produced and presented by Black Public Media and WORLD.

Originally intended as a portrait of a jazz great in the prime of his career, the film ultimately depicts the final year of Hargrove's life. He died suddenly during filming. The documentary sees the famed trumpeter reflecting on his career and role in the contemporary jazz scene as well as on the joys and struggles of life as an artist.

The film is directed, produced and written by Henri, who maintained a 28-year friendship with Hargrove. She followed him in Los Angeles, Paris, New York, Vienne, Perugia, Sète, Sorrento and Marseille for the documentary.

“Roy Hargrove was an innovative and unparalleled talent who helped jazz find new audiences at the turn of the 21st century through his musical prowess, which saw him honor sounds like bebop and big band while also merging with the stylings of hip-hop and neo-soul,” said series executive producer and BPM executive director Leslie Fields-Cruz. “HARGROVE is a moving exploration of his unique skills as well as a window into the trials and tests so many artists face. We are thrilled to have the documentary, which now stands as a lasting memorial to his life and gifts, premiere as part of AfroPoP.”

With interviews by Badu — who knew Hargrove since high school and collaborated with him throughout the course of their celebrated careers — Yasiin Bey, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Questlove, Sonny Rollins, Christian McBride, and more, the film spotlights Hargrove's genius, his connection to the new generation of artists and his struggles.

The film won Best Documentary at the inaugural BGR! (Black Girls Rock!) Film Festival in 2022 and an Audience Favorite Award at the Pan African Film Festival in 2023.

HARGROVE will have a special screening on Monday, June 24, at The World Stage, an educational and performance art space in Leimert Park Village in the heart of Los Angeles' African American cultural community. The 7 p.m. event will feature a Q&A with Henri.      

AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange has helped spotlight Black art, life and culture from around the world for U.S. audiences for more than a decade. The series, which recently rolled out its 16th season, is executive produced by BPM Executive Director Leslie Fields-Cruz and WORLD (at GBH) Editor-in-Chief Chris Hastings. Denise A. Greene is series director/producer, Carol Bash is series associate producer and Ashton Pina is the series writer.

In addition to its many streaming options, PBS Plus will release the season to additional public television stations nationwide later in 2024 (check local listings). 

To find out more about AfroPoP, visit or For more information on the film, follow @hargrovedocumentary on Instagram. 


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