ALLBLK, a Streaming Service Dedicated to Black Programming, Just Launched — What to Watch

Ally Mauch
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ALLBLK, AMC Networks' rebranded streaming service dedicated to Black programming, has launched with a slate of new original shows.

AMC Networks announced last month that it would be revamping UMC, its streaming service devoted to Black TV and film that was first launched by BET founder Robert L. Johnson in 2014. Now, the service has a new look, feel and name — ALLBLK.

"ALLBLK is an invitation to a world of streaming entertainment that's inclusively, but unapologetically – Black," the platform said in a release. "A streaming service (just like Netflix or Hulu), ALLBLK is a platform that provides opportunity for Black creatives to showcase their work while giving fans of Black storytelling a fresh, new destination for enjoying it."

ALLBLK is part of a bundle of streaming services at AMC Networks, costing subscribers $4.99/month or $49.99/year.

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The programming includes older nostalgic films — such as 1991's New Jack City starring Wesley Snipes and Ice-T — as well as indie films, including The Available Wife and Blackout, a 2007 movie with Michael B. Jordan and Zoë Saldana.

ALLBLK will continue streaming UMC Networks' previous original TV shows, including A House Divided, Craig Ross Jr.'s Monogamy and Double Cross, which will debut its season 2 on Thursday.

New offerings include music docuseries A Closer Look, which profiles various artists whose songs have topped the charts and influenced the music industry. The first episode of A Closer Look dug into the life of New Edition's lead singer, Ralph Tresvant, and the second episode, premiering Jan. 21, will follow R&B singer Brian McKnight.

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Terror Lake Drive is another new show airing exclusively on ALLBLK. Starring Malik Yoba, Shannon Kane, Lamman Rucker and Donielle T. Hansley Jr., the limited drama series follows a single mother from Baltimore "who sets her sights on starting a new life" in Atlanta — but "quickly discovers she can't outrun her past."

The original programming also includes sitcoms Millennials and Partners in Rhyme, legal drama Lace, haircare makeover show My Mane Problem and reality series Notorious Queens.

"UMC began as a distribution model for Black creatives to directly reach the then largely underserved African American audience without the restrictions of legacy content development and traditional broadcast models," Johnson said in a previous statement. "As technology advances and programming demands from our community evolve, the rebranded ALLBLK will be well positioned to breakout as the preeminent streaming destination for viewers seeking Black entertainment."