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Urban Movie Channel Premieres ‘Knucklehead’ Oct. 21

alfre*RLJ Entertainment’s Urban Movie Channel (UMC) presents the exclusive streaming premiere of Knucklehead on Friday, October 21, 2016. Starring Emmy® award-winning actress, Alfre Woodard, and Gbenga Akinnagbe (HBO’s The Wire), who also produced the project, the film follows a neighborhood eccentric who is convinced that prescription drugs can cure his mental disability.

As a result, he ventures out of Brooklyn’s housing projects to escape his controlling mother and to find the one doctor who he believes can treat him.

Knucklehead made its world premiere as part of the BAMcinématek series New Voices in Black Cinema in March 2015 and was also the closing film in the Minneapolis/St. Paul International film festival in late April 2015, where it won the top award for fiction features, the “MN Made Narrative Feature.” The film also received multiple nominations at the 2015 American Black Film Festival.

Available at,UMC is the first urban-focused streaming service in North America showcasing quality and exclusive content designed for African American and urban audiences from RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE).


When his brother (Amari Cheatom, Django Unchained) is shot, mentally disabled Langston Bellows (Gbenga Akinnagbe) is left without a protector in Brooklyn’s housing projects. Now under the control of his abusive mother (Alfre Woodard), Langston must take his future into his own hands.

He sets out to find the one doctor he believes can cure him, a celebrity magazine columnist who touts questionable prescription drug cocktails. If Langston can become “mentally excellent,” it will mean moving into an apartment of his own with his girlfriend, who may herself be a creation of his wishful thinking.

Plunged into the unscrupulous world of pharmaceutical marketing, the search for his mysterious doctor and hero leads to some surprising discoveries. Nonetheless, Langston strives for independence from his prior life, from his mother, and from his fractured mind.

Created by Robert L. Johnson, Chairman of RLJ Entertainment and founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET), Urban Movie Channel (UMC) is the first urban-focused subscription streaming service in North America that features quality urban content and showcases feature films, documentaries, original series, stand-up comedy, and other exclusive content for African American and urban audiences.

New titles added weekly include live stand-up specials like Gary Owen’s I Agree with Myself,and performances featuring Academy Award® winner Jamie Foxx and comedic rock star Kevin Hart; dramas includingBlackbird starring Academy Award® winning actress and comedian Mo’Nique, Isaiah Washington, and directed by Patrik-Ian Polk;

documentaries including Bill Duke’s Dark Girls and I Ain’t Scared of You: A Tribute to Bernie Mac;action/thrillers including The Colony starring Laurence Fishburne; and stage play productions including What My Husband Doesn’t Know by David E. Talbert. UMC is available on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Fire Stick, and as an add-on subscription through Amazon Prime. UMC offers a free 14-day trial and thereafter is just $4.99/month or $49.99/year.








Farah Noel
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