Mansa, the streaming platform for curated global Black cultural content founded by award-winning filmmakers and actors David Oyelowo, Nate Parker, and Chiké Okonkwo, as well as tech entrepreneur and film financier Zak Tanjeloff, has emerged from stealth after a successful year-long development and beta phase, as well as the close of a $8M seed round of financing led by MaC Venture Capital, with additional funding from WndrCo, Mike N Mansa is a free, ad-supported streaming network that features video celebrating Black culture from around the world.
Mansa’s fundamental philosophy is that Black culture is pop culture, and that by truly curating the greatest in Black culture, it will draw not only Black audiences, but also large mass market audiences.
Mansa distinguishes itself from other platforms by providing an industry-first level of transparency, including full ownership and equity for Mansa Originals producers.
Mansa promises to build long-term connections with all creators and talent who develop original content for the platform and will share in the company’s success as part of its expanding network of creatives. Mansa takes a unique approach to curating an experience, emphasizing creators first and cultivating an audience community that stimulates interactions with viewers.
Mansa has been discreetly building a powerful team of over 30 people for more than a year, bringing in leaders from Netflix, BET, Hulu, Roku, Tubi, Redbox, Complex, and Uber.
During this time, the team has created the Mansa platform, which includes a multiscreen interface that allows for consumption at any time and from any location, allowing for interaction and community through the lens of Black culture.
The platform meets its users where they are by showing curated long-form and short-form movies and television series, user-generated content, digital linear (FAST) channels, and video podcasts in any format.
Mansa is a free, ad-supported streaming platform that promotes Black content to a global audience. The Mansa platform, which was founded by award-winning filmmakers and actors David Oyelowo, Nate Parker, and Chiké Okonkwo, as well as tech entrepreneur and film financier Zak Tanjeloff, showcases Black culture from around the world through on-demand film, television, short form content, and a collection of 24/7 digital linear channels.
Mansa has received $8 million in seed finance to date, lead by MaC Venture Capital, with participation from WndrCo, Galaxy Investment Partners, Base Ventures, Rainmaker Films, Black Capital VC, and Robert F. Smith.