Brown Sugar, the title of one of the best romcoms ever made, is now also the name of a newly launched streaming service that features a collection of black-centric films.
Bounce TV, an Atlanta-based network that services black viewers, launched the site on Thursday and made the service available via Google Play and iTunes, with 111 titles to start. Pam Grier, a Brown Sugar spokesperson, describes the video-on-demand service as “Netflix, only blacker,” adding that, “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.”
Brown Sugar curates its extensive library into a series of fun themes for the enjoyment of its consumers, such as “War in Harlem,” “Foxy Mamas,” “Jive Ass Turkeys” and “Good Cop, Bad Cop.” The films in question also feature many actors that were emblematic of the era, including Jim Brown, Richard Pyror, Billy Dee Williams, Isaac Hayes, Yaphet Kotto, and more.
Seems like a smart way to avoid the frustration of searching through Netflix and Starz for black film content. Movies available on the service include blaxpoitation classics like Shaft, Foxy Brown and Dolemite and other popular films like Across 110th Street and Uptown Saturday Night.