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Soul Power

Soul Power (photo)

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Zaire, Africa, 1974. An epic clash took place between reigning heavyweight champion George Foreman and living legend, Muhammad Ali. Ali had been stripped of his title and banned from boxing in 1967 when he’d been drafted by the army after the outbreak of Viet Nam, refused to go on religious grounds, and sensibly added “I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Cong.” But the supreme court had reversed the ’67 conviction and all converged on Africa for Ali’s shot at redemption, the big struggle, the “Rumble in the Jungle” as it became known.

(Manu Dibango in “Soul Power,” courtesy of Antidote Films ©, Property of Sony Pictures Classics, All Rights Reserved.)

At the same time, Hugh Masekela and Stewart Levine convinced Don King to combine the massive event with a 3 night-long concert blow out, and the legendary music festival Zaire ’74 was born. Director Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, was an editor on the Oscar winning film, “When We Were Kings” that documents the Rumble, but left the music largely in the background. Apparently a huge cache of incredible footage was left untouched and remained hidden away for the past 34 years. “Soul Power” is the result of him breaking back into the vault and retelling this story with Zaire ’74 at the center and “hundreds of camera rolls and sound recordings” of some of the toughest African bands and most notorious American R&B players together in one crazy place.

The cast of characters includes James Brown, Muhammad Ali, Maceo Parker, Don King, Stewart Levine, and “black power” coiner Stokely Carmichael.

“Soul Power” premieres July 10th and features performances by, James Brown & the J.B.’s, The Spinners, B.B. King, Bill Withers, Miriam Makeba, Big Black, Celia Cruz and the Fania All Stars among others.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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