We’ve all been there. Sitting on the couch, remote in hand and flipping through the channels looking for something”entertaining” to watch. For Black people it often turns into, “Good luck with that.“
So when I heard the latest offering in streaming services; kweliTV started when CEO and Founder, DeShuna Spencer found herself, not finding anything decent to watch on the hundreds of channels available, I could relate.
She said, “I was frustrated with the same tired stereotypes, lack of diversity in TV shows and movies as well as the few choices of content that focused on issues important to me. Some networks recycle the same black movies and comedy TV shows from the 80s through early 2000s.” Ooh, shots fired.
But unlike many people, DeShuna decided to do something about it. Beyond compaining and bemoaning, while sitting in Alexandria, Virginia the idea for KweliTV was hatched.
The streaming service is home to over 400 indie films and television shows, with over 35,000 registered users and growing. But it’s more than just a “Black Netflix.”
Rather than try to compete with larger services that boast millions in revenue and funding, KweliTV wants to thrive in the gap, by being deliberate about the content it hosts. Spencer considers KweliTV’s list carefully curated, and maintains that the service is purposeful about only hosting movies that don’t just feature Black characters, but also feature Black directors, writers, and producers.
KweliTV is available on Roku, AmazonFire, AppleTV, and Google Play. You can subscribe to KweliTV here.