‘Like Netflix, Only Blacker’: Blaxploitation Streaming Service Launches

Instant access to Shaft, Foxy Brown and more.

Shaft and Foxy Brown
Blaxploitation classics Shaft and Foxy Brown.

We’ve had Netflix for comedy, Netflix if you want to get off to sleep, and now there’s a new service that’s a streaming platform solely for 70s-era blaxploitation movies.

Quentin Tarantino will be in paradise with Brown Sugar, a VOD subscription service from African-American network Bounce TV that’s being promoted with the tagline “like Netflix, only blacker”.

Films like Shaft, Foxy Brown, Super Fly, Cleopatra Jones, Blacula and The Mack will all be available to watch on Brown Sugar, while genre stars Pam Grier and Fred Williamson are signed up as spokespeople for the service along with 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.

Ross added: “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.”

Brown Sugar will group its films into five different themes: War in Harlem, Foxy Mamas, Righteous Revenge, Stickin’ in to The Man and Jive-Ass Turkeys.

Brown Sugar offers a one-month free trial to start, with the subscription price set at $3.99 after that. The service is also available for smartphones and tablets via the Apple iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store.

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Loaded digital media manager Simon Reynolds has written about film and entertainment for various leading websites since 2008. Follow Simon at @simonreyn