WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- kweliTV (www.kweli.tv), a video streaming platform that curates independent content of the global black community, has officially launched out of beta. Today's announcement comes with the unveiling of a fully updated website, new film releases, original short-form programming, viewer contests and the kweliTV app.
kweliTV focuses on the African Diaspora experience through documentaries, films, web shows, children's programming, news and more, bringing content from North America, Europe, Latin America, The Caribbean, and Africa. 98 percent of the films featured at film festivals around the world and more than 65 percent are award winning. kweliTV also features independent filmmakers of color from across the globe to showcase their content after their film festival runs.
Kweli (which means truth in Swahili) is 100 percent black-owned, and to date, has established partnerships with 110 filmmakers across this globe, half of which are women. "Our mission through kweliTV is to curate content from African descent to both African and non-African audiences. We believe that by doing so we not only giving a much-needed platform for black filmmakers and producers to showcase their work, but also change how people of African descent are portrayed in mainstream media," said DeShuna Spencer, founder and CEO. "Our community is overwhelmingly absent from leadership roles in film and production studios, which is why we end up with scenarios in which black man and women are portrayed unjustly, this is why media perception and authentic representation matter. It is critical that as a community we create and control our own narratives through media ownership."
kweliTV currently has nearly 200 titles (more than 7,000 total viewing hours) and will be adding five new titles every Wednesday. More than 50 new films will be added between September and Christmas.
kweliTV is available on Roku, Google Play and Apple TV for subscribers and is fully integrated with both Chromecast and Apple Airplay. Additionally, kweliTV offers a free live TV stream and member discounts/perks to black-owned businesses, weekly subscriber contests, and more.
Some of kweliTV's most anticipated releases in the coming months include:
The Thorn Of The Rose (O Espinho Da Rosa) - Portugal; Black and Cuba - Cuba; Vivre - Barbados; Last Night - USA; The Flying Stars - Sierra Leone ; Catface - London; O-Town - Nigeria; Accra Power - Ghana; Out of Darkness - USA.; and many more.
Award-winning films currently on kweliTV include La Source - Haiti; Beat The Drum - South Africa; Wolf - USA; O Dia De Jerusa - Brazil; OJUJU - Nigeria; Kwaku Ananse - Ghana; Closure - USA; and many more.
In addition to award-winning films and documentaries, the platform will be releasing four "kweliOriginals" in Fall 2017:
- #WokeWebSeries: The live, weekly 30-minute show will give an on the ground report on news affecting black people around the world - from police brutality incidents, new legislation, protests, policies, petitions, etc. The solution-based show will be hosted by activist-journalists Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever (a diversity coach and media commentator), and Janaye Ingram (an activist and lead organizer of the Women's March on Washington), who will tackle issues affecting black lives by interviewing community organizers and leaders across the globe.
- 60-seconds of Comedy: Enter the lives of the world's up and coming comedians of African descent, giving you 60 seconds of pure vlog hilarity. Can a comedian make you laugh in just 60 seconds?
- #BlackRundown: A fast-paced, daily countdown show that will highlight the top five most important news stories impacting the entire African diaspora.
- Meet the Filmmaker: A one-on-one interview with upcoming and prolific independent filmmakers of color across the globe.
kweliTV plans: Subscriptions - $49.99 a year or $5.99 a month; Rental - $3.99 per 24-hour; Live TV - Free. Student discounts also available. Subscriptions include a 7-day free trial.
Learn more at www.kweli.tv
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