Black Cultural Content Streamer Mansa Launches FAST Channel on Roku

Mansa, a streaming platform for curated global Black cultural content, announced Feb. 5 that it has expanded its relationship with Roku with the launch of Mansa Mix, its first FAST channel which is now available on The Roku Channel.

David Oyelowo (Mansa photo)

Mansa Mix is a live, linear channel delivering a curated selection of films and television series that celebrate Black culture from around the globe. Mansa Mix is available now on Channel 301 on The Roku Channel. In addition to the new linear channel, the Mansa streaming service is also available through the Roku platform.

“Mansa is dedicated to showcasing a wide array of narratives that are authentically steeped in Black culture,” said Mansa co-founder David Oyelowo, a multiple Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Emmy-nominated actor and producer. “We’re thrilled to deepen our relationship with Roku with the launch of our first FAST Channel, Mansa Mix, that elevates and celebrates the richness of the culture worldwide.”

Since launching a year ago, Mansa has amassed a library of over 2,000 hours of content and is accessible on a growing list of distribution partners. The company was established by Oyelowo and fellow filmmakers and actors Nate Parker and Chiké Okonkwo as well as tech entrepreneur and film financier Zak Tanjeloff. To date, Mansa has raised $9 million in seed round financing, with funding led by MaC Venture Capital with participation from Jeffrey Katzenberg’s WndrCo, Galaxy Investment Partners, Base Ventures, Rainmaker Films, Black Capital VC, K Period Media, and Robert F. Smith.

“We’re proud to bring audiences an array of entertainment options from luminaries in the industry and pop culture voices,” said Jennifer Vaux, VP of content acquisition and programming for Roku Media. “We welcome Mansa to the Roku Channel family. They are a valuable addition to our streaming service and meet our audience’s demand for more relevant content that speaks to them.”

‘The Water Man’ Due on DVD and Blu-ray Aug. 17

RLJE Films, a division of AMC Networks, will release The Water Man on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Aug. 17.

The film stars Lonnie Chavis as Gunenr, who sets out on a quest to save his ill mother (Rosario Dawson) by searching for a mythic figure who possesses the secret to immortality, the Water Man. After enlisting the help of a mysterious local girl, Jo (Amiah Miller), they journey together into the remote Wild Horse forest — but the deeper they venture, the stranger and more dangerous the forest becomes. Their only hope for rescue is Gunner’s father (David Oyelowo), who will stop at nothing to find them.

The cast also includes Alfred Molina and Maria Bello. 

The film marks the directorial debut of Oyelowo and is based on a script by first-time screenwriter Emma Needell.

Extras include a filmmaker commentary, a making-of featurette, an animation behind-the-scenes featurette, and a Toronto International Film Festival Q&A.

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