Pick a Black Streaming Service & Chill

Updated: Jun 9

I am a "cord cutter". I quit cable service as soon as I discovered Netflix. The first thing I watched was Luther, a BBC crime drama starring my FAVORITE actor, Idris Elba. I love crime, action, mystery movies, and TV shows and streaming allows me to consume as much as I want, whenever I want.

As a paid subscriber, l was pissed about the $100M Netflix deal to keep streaming that lily white show about 6 melanin-challenged friends living in the most ethnically diverse city on the planet yet they themselves had no friends that were POC... yeah, that show. There were so many other projects worth the $100 million investment. Not to mention the rise in price Netflix has coming soon... But I digress.

It's been 7 or 8 years since streaming has become a part of my life and since then, Black Owned streaming services have become available. Netflix still airs Luther and has some pretty good original shows but it does not satisfy all of my entertainment and cultural needs. I didn't need too many more reasons to purchase additional streaming services that reflect the Black experience.

Here are a few:

Kweli TV

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Want to stream full-length features, indie-films, web-shows, & documentaries from Black film-makers from everywhere in the world? Kweli TV is your best bet. I have been a subscriber since it was in beta. For $5.99/month, you can watch content from content creators in Africa and the decedents of Africans living in North America, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Asia.

Many of them are thought-leaders, journalists, filmmakers, activists, teachers, historians, artists, entertainers whose stories do not find their way to mainstream media or the larger streaming platforms. Stream Video on Demand for $2.99 if the monthly subscription does not interest you but you can't stream in HD like the rest of us who chose the monthly payment option. Monthly subscriber benefits also include KewliDeals, discounts from Black-Owned Businesses!

Kweli TV has action, comedy, drama, sci-fi, anime, sports, children's programming and a few other genres! Subscribe here.

Black & Sexy TV

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