‘Black America’: Amazon’s Upcoming Slavery Reparations Drama aka the anti-‘Confederate’

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Ain’t #NoConfederate bih! Howbowdah?!

According to a report from Deadline, Amazon has plans to produce and release Black America, an alternate-history series that imagines a world in which freed Blacks received the Southern states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama as reparations for slavery during the Reconstruction Era, and how this leads to the birth of a sovereign nation, New Colonia.

Here’s more:

New Colonia […] has had a tumultuous and sometimes violent relationship with its looming “Big Neighbor,” both ally and foe, the United States. The past 150 years have been witness to military incursions, assassinations, regime change, coups, etc. Today, after two decades of peace with the U.S. and unprecedented growth, an ascendant New Colonia joins the ranks of major industrialized nations on the world stage as America slides into rapid decline. Inexorably tied together, the fate of two nations, indivisible, hangs in the balance.

Black America is a collaboration between superproducer Will Packer (Ride Along, Think Like A Man, Straight Outta Compton, Girls Trip) and Boondocks creator and Black Jesus co-creator Aaron McGruder.

This welcome news comes in the aftermath of HBO’s boneheaded decision to produce another alt-history drama Confederate, on which envisions the South having had won the Civil War and successfully seceded — and kept slavery as an institution into the present day. The tone-deaf Confederate is from Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. They are working with two Black producers, Nichelle Tramble Spellman and Malcolm Spellman, who in all honestly should have known better that this was not going to go over well.

According to THR, it was HBO’s mishandled announcement of Confederate that motivated the team behind Black America to clap back at HBO reveal their show’s premise. In a statement, Packer said, “It felt this was the appropriate time to make sure that audiences and the creative community knew that there was a project that preexisted, and we are pretty far down the road with it.”

I don’t subscribe to Amazon’s streaming services, but maybe I should. Not only do they have the right idea when it comes to acquiring films for theatrical distribution and streaming, but they are seemingly interested in developing programs that aren’t, shall way say, offensive to my sensibilities.

 

Author: Jay Fingers

Complications arose, ensued, were overcome. | Novelist. Editor. Journalist. Screenwriter.

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