‘Like Netflix, Only Blacker’: Brown Sugar Blaxploitation-Movie Subscription VOD Service Launches

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Courtesy of Bounce TV

Can you dig it? Blaxploitation films have a new digital home.

African-American network Bounce TV is jumping into the subscription VOD biz with Brown Sugar, a $3.99-per-month service with mostly ’70s-era blaxploitation films including “Shaft,” “Foxy Brown,” “Super Fly,” “Cleopatra Jones,” “Blacula” and “The Mack.”

At launch, Brown Sugar has 111 movie titles. A rep said several hundred additional titles, for which the company has already obtained streaming rights from studios, will be added in the months ahead.

The service is “a black explosion of hot chicks, cool cats and cult classics,” according to Bounce TV, which is promoting Brown Sugar with the tagline “like Netflix, only blacker.” The new SVOD offering joins a growing wave of niche-focused streaming services that have emerged over the past few years, designed to cater to fanbases of specific genres.

Bounce TV has enlisted two legends of the genre — Pam Grier (“Foxy Brown,” “Coffy,” “Black Mama/White Mama”) and Fred “The Hammer” Williamson (“Black Caesar,” “Three The Hard Way,” “Hammer”) — as paid spokespeople for Brown Sugar, along with rap artist and producer Rick Ross.

“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,” Grier said in a statement.

Rick Ross 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.”

Movies on Brown Sugar are all unedited and commercial-free. The lineup includes “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” and “The Original Gangstas.”

Brown Sugar is available for smartphones and tablets in Apple’s iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store and on the web at brownsugar.com. The service offers a one-month free trial period for subscribers with a retail price of $3.99 per month thereafter.

Brown Sugar groups films into themed collections such as 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”) and Jive-Ass Turkeys (“I’m Gonna Git You Sucka,” “Car Wash,” “Uptown Saturday Night”).

Atlanta-based Bounce TV, a multicast TV network distributed in markets across the U.S., was founded by Martin Luther King III and Georgia politician Andrew Young.

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  1. Tweety Bird says:

    As a black boomer and recent transplant to the south, I find the movie\tv line up to be so different then what they offer in the north (Ohio). I find myself searching the biography and history line up on the streaming sites that I use down here for history and info relaying the stories of how America was founded on (well you know…I dont have to tell you). I would subscribe to a streaming site such as Brown Sugar if you offered “people of color sitcoms, black biography/history documentaries, movies, black related politics and news, in all make it a “BET” for real. Call it “BE” (Black Entertainment) or “Bounced” instead of Brown Sugar. You need to have content to reach the generation under the boomers. I feel you will get the cross over audience (others of color/white) of this group because they want and need to be included and informed on what effects them. Good luck…….I stream a site now from the UK because part of their line up offers what they list as black entertainment….everything from the complete Def Comedy Jam series to every black movie out there and it is commercial free.

  2. DARENCE TOUSSAINT PRATHER says:

    I SAW THE TV COMMERCAIL AN FEW DAYS AGO ADVERTISING THE BLAXPLOITATION ERRA,THE 1970s’ IS MY A1 FAVORITE DECADE EVEN ABOVE THE 1950s’ AS GOOD AS THE 1950s’ WHERE FROM WHAT I KNOW ABOUT THE FIFTHTIES & WHAT IVE’ EXPERIENCED!LIVING GROWING UP IN THE SEVENTIES, THE SEVENTIES WAS EVEN BETTER THAN THE FIFTHTIES WAS!AN I WOULD EVEN PUT MONEY ON IT! AS PERTAINING TOO BLACK-BLAXPLOITATION MOVIES IM’ AN HARDCORE FAN!IM’ AN HARDCORE COLLECTER!I HAVE WELL OVER ONE HUNDRED MOVIES/FILMS/FLICKS OF BLACK-BLAXPLOITATION MOVIES TOO MY A1 ABSOLUTELY AWESOME COLLECTION!TO NAME AN FEW IHAVE ALMOST ALL OF FRED WILLIAMSON & PAM GRIER MOVIES SUCH AS HAMMER/HELL UP IN HARLEM/THREE THE HARD WAY/ALL 4 OF BLACK COBRA MOVIES!WITH PAM GRIER FOXY BROWN/FRIDAY FOSTER/SHEBA BABY/COFFE/AN PAM GRIERS’ FIRST FILM THE BIG DOLL HOUSE WHEN SHE LEFT HER JOB AS AN SECRETARY TOO APPEAR IN HER FIRST FILM!IHAVE IT ON VHS,LEANARD MALTON INTERVIEWS THE GENTLEMAN AT THE VERY BEGINNING OF THE TAPE HE INTERVIEWS THE GENTLMAN THAT DIRECTED/SHOT THE FILM!SCREAM-BLACULA-SCREAM/BLACKENSTIEN/BLACKULA/TRICK BABY/FIVE ON THE BLACK HAND SIDE/ICE STATION ZEBRA/INSIDE OUT/FIST/ABBAR THE FIRST BLACK SUPERMAN/HOT POTATO/SWEET JESUS PREACHERMAN/TROUBLE MAN/GORDANS’ WAR/COOL BREEZE/SUGAR HILL/VELVET SMOOTH/COTTON COMES TO HARLEM/COMEBACK CHARLESTON BLUE/DOLEMITE/THE HUMAN TORNADO/UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT/A PEACE OF THE ACTION ETC, AN AN WHOLE LOT MORE BLAXPLOITATION FILMA IHAVE! AT FIRST ID’ GET / PURCHASE THE MOVIES AT SAM GOODY WHEN THEY WHERE IN BUSINESS.THEN LATER ON I WENT TOO MAX VIDEO IN ALLENTOWN ROAD NEAR POPEYES & CHECKERS,I WOULD TELL THE CLERK THE BLACK MOVIE IWANTED & THEY WOULD ORDER THE MOVIE,WHEN THE MOVIE CAME IN ABOUT ACOUPLE OF WEEKS ID’ COME TOO THE VIDEO STORE & PURCHASE THE MOVIE OR MOVIES!THEN AN LITTLE LATER AFTER MAX VIDEO WENT OUT OF BUSINESS I FOUND OUT HOW TOO ORDER THE FILMS BYMYSELF!NOW TODAY FROM NOW FORWARD IVE’ DONE MY OWN ORDERING ONLINE FROM AMAZON & EBAY!MOST OF MY COLLECTION IS ON VHS,THERE ARE SOME ON DVD DO TO SOME FILMS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE ON DVD. SUCH AS ONE OF THE RECENT MOVIES I ORDERED BLACK CONNECTION & BAD-BLACK-BEAUTIFUL THOSE I ORDERED ON EBAY THE WHERE BOTH AVAILABLE ON VHS. BUT THE OTHER MOVIE MADE IN 1972 OR 1973 CALLED SUPER SPOOK I OREDERED IT ALSO FROM EBAY BUT IT WAS ONLY AVAILABLE ON DVD.I EVEN HAVE AN VHS/DVD STORAGE CASE THAT I BOUGHT AT KMART AFEW YEARS BACK,IVE’ EVEN PAINTED MY STORAGE CASE MY FAVORITE COLOR BLUE & ON THE SIDE EDGE IN DARK COLOR BLUE I WROTE A1 SOUL CINEMA !NOW THERE AN FEW FIMS IWANT THAT I DONT HAVE YET,THEREFORE ILL’ LEAVE MY TELEPHONE NUMBER SO THAT YOU/FRED/PAMBOUNCE TV ETC. CAN CALL ME IF YOU KNOW ABOUT AN RARE MOVIE/FILM IWANT TOO PURCHASE. CALL/CONTACT ME IF YOU SEE / KNOW THAT THESE FILMS ARE FOR SALE >CRAZY JOE/IF HE HOLLERS LET HIM GO/ZEBRA KILLER/GETTO FREAKS/SYPHISTICATED GENTLEMAN!ALSO IM’ AN MOST TALENTED ARTIST/CARTOONIST ICAN AN IWILL DRAW / PAINT ANYTHING ASLONG AS I FIRST [GET -PAID!!]ILL’ MAKE AN EXCELLENT ARTIST/CARTOONIST/ALSO ACTOR/MODEL IWANT TOO BE IN MOVIES’ IF YOU KNOW LEE DANIEALS/TYLER PERRY/SPIKE LEE IF YOU KNOW ANY COMPANY/CORPERATION/PERSON/NFL/MBA/MLB/NHL ETC,. THATS PAYING AN ARTIST /CARTOONIST TOO DRAW OR PAINT OR DRAW & PAINT AN LOGO/MASCOTT OR ANYTHINGETC,.ANY HIRING OF MODELS’ OR AN SPOT ON AN MALE CALENDAR/ASAP !AS SOON AS POSSIBLE GIVE ME AN CALL YOU NOW HAVE MY TELEPHONE NUMBER BEST TIME TOO CALL ME IS AT 12:00 NOON OR 8 P.M. AND ILL’ MENTION THIS IF YOU/FRED/PAMETC,./BOUNCE TV IF YOULL’ KNOW SOMEONE OR SOMEONE KNOWS SOMEONE THAT IS GOING TOO HELP ME SOON GET DISCOVERED PLUS MAKE ALOTE OF MONEY!GOD TOLD ME TOO TELL/WRITE YOU THAT THE ONE RESPONSIBLE FOR HELPING ME SOON GET DICCOVERED BECOMMING FAMOUS & GETTING ALOTE OF MONEY GOD TOLD ME TOO TELL/WRITE YOU THAT HE WILL BLESS THEM!THE ONE COMPANY/CORPERATION.PERSON/NFL/MBA/MLB/NHLK/ETC,. WHAT SOURCE THE SOURCE THATS RESPONSIBLE FOR HELPING ME SOON GET DISCOVERED!FAMOUS GETING ALOTE OF MONEY!GOD WILL BLESS YOU FOR BLESSING ME!THOSE WORDS CAME FROM GOD! CALL/CONTACT ME!!

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