Peace! 2020 has brought about many unprecedented changes to the globe. COVID-19 showed up on Earth‘s door step like Debo and demanded everyone to cancel work, social gatherings, dine in restaurants, vacations and movie theater experiences. As a result, we have all adapted to zoom meetings, working from home and streaming movies to keep ourselves entertained. In fact, Variety.com reported that streaming has increased by 30% since March 2020 while Forbes.com revealed that social media activity is up 61%. Folks are staying home. Major Hollywood studios are scrambling to work around Debo while Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services are searching from more content to entertain their quarantined subscribers. As a result, we have all adapted to zoom meetings, working from home and streaming movies to keep ourselves entertained.
The recent civil rights movement of 2020 has shed light on the worldwide oppression, discrimination and racism that Black people experience daily. Major companies, States and industries have acknowledged that they have not put forth their best effort to accommodate their Black employees, citizens and consumer bases. Hollywood has admitted to not providing Black Screenwriters, Black Actors, Black Filmmakers, Black Producers and Black Executives with the same opportunities as their Caucasian cohorts. Although, these abhorrent discrepancies have been apparent and obvious for centuries, the guilt from those in power is now beginning to purge. As a result, more Black Americans are birthing their own businesses and more consumers are buying from Black owned businesses to build the community through cooperative economics.
The timing is perfect to introduce Culture Forward TV! A streaming TV channel that will be available on Roku and Amazon Fire TV in August 2020. Created and cultivated by Life After Life Productions, The innovative channel will show content and films from Black filmmakers, Black business owners, Black content creators and Black educators. Alex West, the lead developer and Chief Creative Executive of Culture Forward TV describes the channel as “a fusion of entertainment, empowerment and education”. The channel will stream short films, feature films, classic films, web series‘, documentaries, podcasts, Ted talks, commercials and educational videos to promote mobilization and independence from within the community. While the channel is Black owned and operated, the owners amicably extend their platform to all! Latino, Native American, Asian and European filmmakers and content creators are encouraged to reach out to us about possibilities of streaming with us.
In 2014 Alex West and Ruby Lee Dove II conceived Life After Life Productions to create content and opportunities for people of color in the film industry. At the time, they were frustrated actors who were dissatisfied with the quantity and quality of roles that were available to them, so they learned how to write, direct and produce their own content. Six years later they stand proud as a Black owned award winning Media and Film Production company that remains boldly rooted in diversity. This was their mission before diversity and inclusion became a Hollywood trend in 2017 and long before the waves of discriminatory guilt crashed to shore during the civil rights movement of 2020. The owners pride themselves on being on the right side of history and they continue to find ways to empower their community through the media. Culture Forward TV is their gift and obligation to the culture. The streaming channel has been in development for 5 months now and the owners are excited to launch soon!
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