If you're home Sunday at 5:30pm, check out "4Real" a documentary series from Canada airing on the CW.
Host Sol Guy, a Canadian music executive who has worked with Lauryn Hill, P.Diddy, The Roots, Outkast among others, takes different celebrities around the world and introduces them to community leaders who are making change.
The episode I saw featured actor Joaquin Phoenix going deep into the Brazilian rainforest to visit the Yawahawa People of the Amazon. Their young chief Tashka (which coincidentally means Joaquin) has helped bring his people from the brink of extinction.
Besides learning about Tashka's achievements, you learn about his
people, their ways and the importance of the rainforest. Wait till you
see Joaquin Phoenix get tobacco blown up his nose.
With its quick cuts, funky graphics and hip stars, the show is obviously aimed toward young people, but there's enough information - given in a very accessible way - to school a more senior viewer. And you'll like it.
This Sunday, the episode features Mos Def in City of God, Brazil. The Joaquin episode airs on Nov. 16. Other adventures feature Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers; rappers M.I.A. and K'NAAN; actresses Cameron Diaz and Eva Mendes, and actor Casey Affleck.
It's scheduled to air from now through Dec. 28.