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Television program on black culture focused on national and international tv.


Documentary with a forum of debates and reflections, using the interactivity and retrospective of videos of the collection.


Cinematographic shorts, reaffirming and strengthening the memory about the history of the Negro in Brazil.


100% Digital Black Culture

Cultne is a Brazilian based not-for-profit media entity whose primary business focus is on preserving the black experience in Brazil through the curation (digital archive) and creation of relevant video, music and film works. Since its inception in 2009 Cultne Media has amassed more than 3,000 hours of digital works covering the history and culture of black Brazil making it the largest aggregator of the black experience in South America. Cultne’s core advocates are the vastly underserved Afro Brazilians who seek political and economic empowerment and believe showcasing their talent and contributions to the universe is a key foundational element. The universal appeal of this content is proven by the fact that the Cultne community demographics split evenly between males and females, spans the 16 to 54 age range, and has accumulated 5 million YouTube page visits from all parts of Brazil.

The history of black Brazil parallels the histories of all other Afro Descendenant populations in the western hemisphere, within the context of slavery and racism. Because of these histories and shared cultures, Cultne’s management knew and understood the historical, political, and economic antecedents of the vastly underserved Afro Brazilian community. Management also understood the power of mainstream Brazilian media, which has historically portrayed blacks either with powerful negaive stereotypes or to simply make nonexistent. In short, the mainstream media has and continues to exclude the largest segment of the Brazilian population.

However, Afro Brazilians have always been aware and took note of the black liberation movements from around th globe starting with Africa in the 1950s, then the victories led by Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and the Black Panthers in the US, and culminating to the victory over apartheird South Africa. Collectively, these events mobilized and crystalized Afro Brazilians in many ways. However, coterminus to these struggles were those in Brazil that started in the 1930’s with the Brazilian Black Front and the Black Experimental Theatre in the 1940s and 1950s. These huge cultural movements were began by brave individuals such as historian Beatriz Nascimento and anthropologist Lélia Gonzalez, which fostered bold new ideas to the Afro Brazilian sense of identity and its movement. Byproducts of this incredible intellectual push against white sumpremacy were new organizations such IPCN (Institute of Reserach on Black Cultures), the MNU (Unified Black Movement), the Sons of Ganhi, the Renascença Club, the Jongo da Serrinha and the Quilombo Samba School. Also advanced were the advent of the Afro carnival grupos created in Bahia such as Ilê Aiyê, Malê Debalê, Araketu and Olodum, followed in Rio de Janeiro by Axé Terê Baba, Agbara Dudu, Dudu Odara, Filhos de Dã, Lemi Ayô, Orunmilá, etc.

At that time during the 1960’s the aesthetics of Afro Brazilians where incapsulating cultural influences from the United States. Of particular emphasis was the visual display African American hair styles, fashion, as well as the learning and usage of English and linga of James Brown’s “Say it loud, I’m black and I’m proud”. Such valorization gave rise to the now famously renowned Black Rio Movement of Rio de Janeiro. The origin of the movement basically began with DJs that organized parties playing Soul and R&B music in the clubs in the northern sections of Rio. These parties attracted mostly Afro Brazilian teenagers and young adults, and were usually held on Sundays. The scene change significantly when Dom Filó (the creator of Cultne) emerged and began producing and marketing soul parties at Renascença Club in the late 1960’s. The club was a sport and social concern created in the 1950’s targeting upwardly mobile Afro Brazilians. The Renascença Club was used because traditional white dominated clubs denied black inclusion and was riffed with racial prejudice.

Consequently, the recordation of this way of life was important. And thus in the early 1980s, film and video producers such as Ras Adauto and Vik Birkbeck created the Enúgbarijo Comunicações, which was baptized with name of a Messenger Eshu, the Boca Coletiva, or Collective Mouth. Dom Filó and Carlos Alberto Medeiros created the Cor da Pele Produções, along with the concept of Griot, via Electronic Quilombo. Over time, these individuals and others recorded and produced invalualbe content from all over the country about the black experience of Brazil.


CULTNE TV - is a weekly program, hosted by Ricardo Brasil, that presents interviews of the who’s who of black Brazil ranging from activists, historians, feminists, painters, poets, singers, priests, musicians, doctors and other accomplished professionals discussing the vast richness of Afro Brazilan culture and history. The program is the only one of its kind in the country and is broadcast in the State of Rio de Janeiro on TV Alerj passing some 16 million homes as well as on Cultne’s successful YouTube channel. The intent is to provide a window to know the past to advance the peresent and impact the future. The program had its premiere on December 5, 2015, and is presented every Saturday at 9:30 pm, and also o Sundays at 6 pm and on Wednesdays at 9 pm.

CULTNE’s website hosts new and interesting video productions about black culture in Brazil. If you have any kind of material on that subject, in digital or analogical format, access the website, register and help us to increase our inventory. The concept is to collectively contribute so that nothing else gets lost or forgotten in our history.

Cultne also provides business advisement on a range of subjects to include black culture, heritage tourism, production of film, television, music, and live events, and entering the emerging market of Brazil. Prior clients reflect Essence Communications, the National Basketball Association, the City of Rio de Janeiro Tourism, et al.


  •   Brazil: Dom Filo
  •   United States: Ira Moseley
  •   917.620.1189




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