Brown Sugar, featuring the “biggest collection of the baddest movies,” has launched a subscription service targeted at African Americans. It’s available online at www.BrownSugar.com, and on Android and Apple mobile devices. Cost is $3.99/month.
The library includes such classic “blaxploitation” films as The Mack, Shaft, Super Fly, Uptown Saturday Night, Cooley High, Five on the Black Hand Side, Cleopatra Jones, Mandingo, Willie Dynamite, Which Way is Up? and Car Wash.
Brown Sugar named Pam Grier and Fred “The Hammer” Williamson, dubbed “king and queen of the genre,” as “official ambassadors,” along with rap artist/ producer Rick Ross. Grier’s films on Brown Sugar include Foxy Brown, Coffy, Black Mama/White Mama, Original Gangstas and Drum. Williamson is featured in Black Caesar, Three The Hard Way, Hammer, Hell Up in Harlem, Bucktown and others.
The service said it has curated its library into themes, such as 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
- “Black Horror” – Blacula, Sugar Hill, Blackenstein
- “They Got Game” – The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings, Greased Lightning, Joe Bullet
Brown Sugar is owned by over-the-air channel Bounce TV.
Here’s a promo featuring Rick Ross, Fred Williamson and Pam Grier:
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