Blaxploitation Streaming Service Brown Sugar Launches
Bounce TV is now expanding its business to now include a subscription video on demand (SVOD) streaming service called Brown Sugar, which launches yesterday (Thursday).
The upstart African American broadcast television network's Brown Sugar features an extensive library of iconic '70s black movies (and even some of the films they would later inspire), all un edited and commercial free as they were originally viewed in theaters.
Titles include: The Mack; Foxy Brown; Shaft; Super Fly; Dolemite; Cotton Comes To Harlem; Uptown Saturday Night; Cooley High; Three The Hard Way; Coffy; Black Caesar; Five On The Black Hand Side; Cleopatra Jones; Mandingo; Willie Dynamite; Which Way Is Up?; Car Wash; The Original Gangstas and many more.
Notable blaxploitation figures Pam Grier and Fred Williamson serve as official ambassadors for Brown Sugar, along with rapper Rick Ross.
"Brown Sugar is just like Netflix, only blacker" said Grier. "These movies are entertaining and fun, but they were also empowering to the black community as they depicted African Americans as strong leading characters and heroes for the first time."
“You wonder why we call it Brown Sugar? Because it's bad ass – like me," added Williamson. "Brown Sugar is the coolest streaming movie service on the planet."
Rick Ross also commented, "You can see the influence of these movies in every aspect of rap and hip-hop; in the music, the lyrics, the fashion and overall style – the Blaxploitation genre is where it all began."
The way in which the one-of-a-kind library is curated by fans is through themes like the following:
War In Harlem: Cotton Comes To Harlem; The Black Godfather; Across 110th Street
Foxy Mamas: Foxy Brown; Coffy; Cleopatra Jones; Friday Foster; Sheba Baby
Righteous Revenge: Dolemite; Black Caesar; Hell Up In Harlem; Hammer
Stickin’ It To The Man: The Mack; Black Gunn; Three The Hard Way
Good Cop, Black Cop: Action Jackson; They Call Me Mr. Tibbs
#BlackLove: Bad, Black & Beautiful; Brothers; Black Sister's Revenge
Shake Down, Take Down: Blue Collar; Amazing Grace; Cool Breeze
Jive Ass Turkeys: I'm Gonna Git You Sucka; Car Wash; Uptown Saturday Night
Black Horror: Blacula; Sugar Hill; Blackenstein
They Got Game: The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings; Greased Lightning; Joe Bullet
Brown Sugar is now available in the Google Play Store; iTunes App Store; and at the Brown Sugar website, for a retail price of $3.99 a month; although the service launch is offering a free initial month long trial period (which you can sign up for here).
Check out a promo trailer for the service below.