The new Brown Sugar streaming service is calling itself “Netflix but blacker.”
In case you haven’t noticed, the typical “Netflix And Chill” experience doesn’t involve many Black cinema classics. Sure, there are a number of new, independent films available, but as far as the Blaxploitation classic go, none at all.
Brown Sugar is looking to fill that void. Created by BounceTV founder Ryan Glover, Brown Sugar features more than 100 titles including Shaft, The Mack, Foxy Brown, Super Fly and I’m Gonna Git You Sucka.
“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,” said Blaxploitation star Pam Grier via statement.
Rick Ross is also getting on the action by starring in an online ad for the service where he’s seen rocking a jheri curl wig alongside Grier and Fred Williamson.
“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,” says Ross. “The blaxploitation genre is where it all began.”
Brown Sugar is available in Apple’s iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store and on the web at brownsugar.com. Like most services, the first month is free when if you sign up. After that it will only cost you $3.99 a month. The fact that Ross threw on a wig to support is at least worth $4.