Why we exist

kweliTV \\ Our Culture. Curated.

kweliTV allows you to discover and celebrate black stories from around the world through curated independent films, documentaries, web series, kids programming, news, and events/live experiences.

The global black community refers to the communities throughout the world of African descent  who are comprised of unique cultures and histories from North America, Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia.

We aim to showcase high-quality content (independent film, news, web shows, kids programming, documentaries and more) produced by independent, globally diverse and unique filmmakers and journalists who aim to share their stories and truths with the world. 

98 percent of our films have been official selections at film festivals and more than half are award-winning. 

Did you know that 60% of our revenue goes to our 300+ content creators every quarter? A large portion of your subscription supports the filmmakers who create the content you watch on kweliTV! 

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Kweli means “Truth” in Swahili.

Our mission is to curate and create content that is a true reflection of the global black experience versus what we may sometimes see in mainstream media.

// We created kweliTV to provide a space to share & celebrate the excellence of black culture globally. 

// We created kweliTV to be a platform that empowers filmmakers — who create awesome content focused on the issues and stories of the black experience — by paying them for their work. 

// We created kweliTV to be a catalyst for change: a space where big ideas are shared and implemented; a place that is a mixture of entertainment and education.

//We created kweliTV to take control of our media and give our thought-leaders, journalists, filmmakers, activists, teachers, historians, designers, etc., a space to have a voice.

Through our collective content, we hope to share the African Diaspora experience with all!

kweliTV is 100% black-owned.

Dedicated to the issue, stories and culture of the global black community.


Meet kweliTV's Founder & CEO

No matter where I go or who I meet, I get asked the same question: "Why did you start kweliTV?"

The inspiration for kweliTV came one evening while flipping through what felt like 100 cable channels back in 2012. 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... READ MORE from DeShuna.

kweliTV is more than the 'Black Netflix' we're a community, a movement.

By joining kweliTV, you not only have access to dope content from indie content creators, you also become a part of our community and receive perks, access to events and more. In addition, 60% of your subscription dollars goes to 300+ filmmakers on the platform.


Press Coverage

Read who's talking about kweliTV here

For press-related inquiries, email us at media@kweli.tv

Become a Fan

Follow us on Twitter - @kwelitv , Instagram - @kwelitv, Facebook & YouTube.

kweliTV Apps!

Amazon Fire / Roku / Apple TV / Android TV / GooglePlay for Android / iOS / Chromecast


kweliDEALS Partners

We're building a squad of national and international brands that sell products and services online. The mission of the "kweliDEALS" partnership is to promote business owners of African descent through our video platform. Through the partnership, companies offer a one-time or recurring 10-20% discount to their product or service to our paid subscribers. There is no fee associated with becoming a "kweliDEALS" partner.


Terms & Policies



Film Festivals Represented

BlackStar Film Festival; American Black Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, African International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival; BronzeLens Film Fest, Cannes Film Festival, Hollywood Black Film Festival, African Diaspora International Film Festival, Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival, Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, Pan African Film Festival, Baghdad International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Africa World Documentary Film Festival, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, QFest Film Festival, Harlem International Film Festival, London Lesbian Film Festival, Human Rights Film Festival of Barcelona/NYC /Paris, Chicago International Social Change Film Festival, Rhode Island International Film Festival, New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Amnesty International Human Rights Film Festival, Urbanworld Film Festival, Little Rock Film Festival, African American Women in Cinema, Garden State Film Festival, Jamba South African Film Festival, Cinemas D'Afrique Angers, BFI London Film Festival, Durban International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma - César, Berlinale Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, Costa Rica International Film Festival, Trinidad and Tobago International Film Festival, Capital City Black Film Festival, Cinedans, AFRIFF, AFI Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, New York African Film Festival, Monaco International Film Festival, Black Harvest Film Festival, Princeton Environmental Film Festival, Journées Cinematographiques de la Femme Africaine de L'Image, Zanzibar International Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, and dozens more!

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