New Documentary Explores How Mayor Daley and the City of Chicago Triggered the Creation of “Chiraq”


A timely and revealing documentary that sheds light on a major event that contributed to the development of present day Chicago, Urban Movie Channel (UMC) presents the exclusive premiere of “They Don’t Give a Damn: The Story of the Failed… Continue Reading

Interview: Aunjanue Ellis & Director Russell Costanzo Examine the Effects of Police Brutality in ‘The Tested’ (Premieres on UMC Today, March 10)


The searing drama “The Tested” (one that received coverage on this blog when it first premiered in 2011) which is based on an award-winning 2005 short film of the same name by director Russell Costanzo, takes a look at the long term ramifications… Continue Reading

Robert Johnson’s RLJ Entertainment Announces SVOD Channels (UMC & Acorn) More Than Double Subscribers in 2016


BET founder and former CEO Robert Johnson’s RLJ Entertainment Inc. today announced that its proprietary digital channels, the SVOD services Urban Movie Channel (UMC) and Acorn TV, realized subscriber growth that exceeded 2016 year-end expectations. Acorn TV is the premier… Continue Reading

BET Founder Bob Johnson’s SVOD Service, Urban Movie Channel, Now Available on iOS (7-Day Free Trial)


Urban Movie Channel (UMC), the first subscription video on demand (SVOD) service created for African American and urban audiences in North America, today announced the arrival of the highly-anticipated iOS app. Available to download free at:, UMC offers a… Continue Reading