A streaming service featuring black voices, kweliTV, launched in beta Wednesday.
The streaming service was created by Old Town Alexandria-based journalist DeShuna Spencer to showcase black films, as well as series and documentaries, that might get less exposure in mainstream media channels.
“We see kweliTV as the bridge between a new crop of up and coming black filmmakers and our audience looking for great content,” Spencer said in a press release Wednesday.
In its beta form, the network will offer about 40 different films, with two more to be added each Monday. Picks include “The Czar of Black Hollywood,” a documentary about African-American director Oscar Micheaux; “Afraid of Dark,” a documentary that explores the stereotypes confronting black men; and “The Value of Ex,” a tongue-and-cheek web series featuring four friends.
While kweliTV runs in beta, streaming will be free for a month, and paid premiums will be discounted by half.
The service is slated to launch officially later this year. Spencer is now on the lookout for more movies and web shows to feature. Interested filmmakers, apply here.
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