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Credit all photos: Lorenzo Bevilaqua.
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BrotherMen, a one hour performance-based documentary, features five African American men who through their art transmit the historic, political and cultural realities of the African American experience.

These BrotherMen are: legendary songwriters Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, producers of "The Sound of Philadelphia"; photographer Chester Higgins, Jr., who documents the African Diaspora in America and worldwide; choreographer/dancer David Roussève, Vice Chair, World Arts and Cultures at UCLA; and the late Pops Staples, performer, civil rights activist and patriarch of The Staple Singers.

Gamble & Huff

Chester Higgins Jr.

David Roussève

BrotherMen director
Demetria Royals

Interweaving performances, music, dance, photography, archival footage and interviews, BrotherMen celebrates the lives and enduring achievements of these African American artists.

Directed by Demetria Royals, produced and edited by Demetria Royals and Louise Diamond. A production of Rebekah Films, Inc. with WQED Pittsburgh, produced in association with the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) and ITVS with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and supported in part with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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