Amazon's 'Black America' is the Opposite of HBO's 'Confederate'

Packer shared that the drama which will have'traces of McGruder's trademark sardonic wit' is something that has been'personally intriguing for him as'a black American

He also addressed the impact of creating a place like New Colonia, the hard-won utopia at the center of Black America.

Two of the Amazon program's biggest behind-the-scenes differences are that it's being made by a black creative team, and that, while Confederate already has a series order, as of now Black America still needs to go through the pilot process at Amazon in hopes of getting picked up.

On the heels of the backlash HBO has been receiving for their planned series "Confederate," news has now broken that Amazon has been planning a similar alternate-history series that explores that same time period.

Hailing from Peabody victor Aaron McGruder (The Boondocks) and Will Packer (who's produced everything from Straight Outta Compton to Girls Trip to the recent remake of Roots), Black America takes place in a world where the North won the Civil War, but the process of Reconstruction resulted in the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama being given to freed slaves, who formed their own nation, New Colonia. The series, which hails from Will Packer and The Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder, is also about the Southern states leaving the Union.

But he said by answering the questions, 'what if reparations were given, what would this country and that alternate country look like today, how would Americans look, our communities, relations, I think that there definitely is a message about how we co-exist today where that didn't happen, there weren't reparations, and you still have black Americans who are suffering from the effects of slavery in various ways'.

Black America "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".

The series takes place in the present day, but in an alternate world where the huge United States and the smaller New Colonia continue to explore their sometimes-fractious relationship.

Coups, assassinations, regime change and military incursions have occurred over the past 150 years in the drama.

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According to Deadline -which broke the news about Black America's details today - this isn't a rapid-fire response to Confederate, either.

Taking place in the present day after two decades of peace, New Colonia has emerged as a major industrial nation while the US has been in rapid decline.

After the announcement of HBO's controversial new series Confederate, from the Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and DB Weiss, Amazon has revealed the premise of its own alternative-history series, Black America. Consequently, "the fate of two nations, indivisible, hangs in the balance".

Roy Price, Amazon's head of content, initially reached out to Packer with the concept.

Packer added that the show is in "very, very active development" as McGruder is "off and writing". It led to the Twitter campaign #NoConfederate trending worldwide during Sunday's Game of Thrones. As a content creator, the fact that that is something that has been discussed thoroughly throughout various demographics of people in this country but yet never been explored to my knowledge in any real way in long-form content, I thought it was a tremendous opportunity to delve into the story, to do it right.

Packer declined to comment on Confederate directly, but he did tell Deadline that, "the fact that there is the contemplation of contemporary slavery makes it something that I would not be a part of producing nor consuming".

"I support Packer's project as it will focus on black and brown people thriving in this country, something that isn't shown enough on screen".


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