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UMC continues with great content via urban streaming service

With Apple, HBO, Disney and BET offering unique streaming services for a cross section of the population, the Urban Movie Channel, created by Robert L. Johnson, Chairman of RLJ Entertainment, is an urban-focused subscription streaming service in North America. The subscription-only service features quality urban content that showcases feature films, documentaries, original series, stand-up comedy, and other exclusive content for African-American and urban audiences.

abovetherim 16x9Keeping up with a great slate of offerings, UMC started off the month of November with a bang! From one of the most iconic basketball films of all time, to Nick Cannon’s early 2000s romantic comedy, the streaming service has added classics like “Above The Rim,” “Lean On Me” and “Love Don’t  Cost A Thing.”

12On November 14, Season 2 of “Monogamy” directed by Craig Ross, Jr., premieres. Also available is the Nina Simone feature “Nina,” starring Zoe Saldana. See for yourself a biopic about the late singer and activist that generated much controversy.

There’s also comedy with Gary Owens and Nephew Tommy, as well as a few soul-stirring shorts that pack much tension and drama in less than 20 minutes.

blklove3 avatarSeries that premiered on other cable channels like “Black Love” and “Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta” are also available. “A House Divided” is a new original series starring Demetria McKinney, Lawrence Hilton Jacobs, Brad James and Paula Jai Parker. It follows the members of a wealthy, prominent family in Los Angeles who deal with the loss of the family’s matriarch while uncovering and facing a variety of secrets and scandals.

UMC is a great alternative or addition to a viewer’s streaming services and would make a great holiday gift. Don’t miss out on these and other great movies and television series that center on the Black community. New content is added weekly, and a streaming subscription isn’t that expensive. A monthly subscription to the first and largest streaming service for Black TV and film costs $4.99, and an annual subscription costs $49.99. New subscribers can enjoy a free, 7-day trial subscription, but you will need to set up an account with billing information. Once your 7-day trial is over, you will be charged until you cancel your subscription. For more information, visit

Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., is the Entertainment Editor for the Chicago Crusader newspaper. She is also the author of “Old School Adventures from Englewood–South Side of Chicago.” For book info, [email protected].

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