August 1, 2017
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On the heels of HBO’s controversial new series, The Confederate that would explore an alternate, but very modern universe where slavery is legal and has evolved into a sophisticated institution, Will Packer (Girls Trip, Ride Along) and Aaron McGruder (Boondocks, Black Jesus) have kicked their new project Black America into high gear.
Deadline reports that the show, envisions an alternate history where newly freed African Americans have secured the Southern states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama post-Reconstruction as reparations for slavery, and with that land, the freedom to shape their own destiny.
Amazon Studios will call the hour-long series home and while Packer says it’s too early to talk about the show’s distinctive messages,“it will speak to where we are now and the mistakes this country has made and things we should do going forward.”
Meanwhile on social media, April Reign the creator of #OscarsSoWhite, has given a larger voice to those offended by the upcoming HBO project. She created #NoConfederate as a way of reaching out to the network in hopes of shutting the racially insensitive series down.
— April (@ReignOfApril) August 1, 2017
HBO: Wait and see!
Amazon: Reclaiming my time.#NoConfederate
— Shanelle Little (@ShanelleLittle) August 1, 2017
— Lela Victoria (@LelaV89) July 31, 2017
Y'all: "But don't you want to keep letting us exploit your pain so it can spark a conversation?"
— NOVA sparks (@_inthenova) July 31, 2017
TELL US: What are your thoughts on both series?