'Black America' Is Amazon’s New Show & It’s The Opposite Of 'Confederate'
This past Sunday, the news was dominated by the #NoConfederate movement, a hashtag activist movement started by April Reign of #OscarsSoWhite fame. But while the controversy rages on about HBO's newly announced property that won't even begin production for at least another year if not two (if ever), it turns out they're not the only ones who are planning a TV series exploring an alternate history of race in America. There's another show, Black America, on Amazon that is also in development.
Amazon revealed the existence of the show on Tuesday, saying that it's actually a show they've been working on for over a year. (Unlike Confederate, which is, at this time, still little more than a press release.) Headed by Will Packer, who is known for the Ride Along and Think Like A Man franchises, and Aaron McGruder, of Boondocks fame, this is a very different sort of alt-history show.
Here's the overall synopsis:
From the Deadline announcement, it was clear that Amazon chose to reveal the existence of the production due to the amount of press, and backlash, that Confederate was facing. According to Packer, it felt like "the appropriate time" to let audiences and the creative community to know about it and that they were "pretty far down the road with it." (One of #NoConfederate's stated aims is to stop HBO from even beginning to go down the road with producing their show.)
He also promised that McGruder's "sardonic wit" would be a major feature.
Packer said he would not directly comment on Confederate when asked, though he did say this:
HBO, meanwhile, continues to implore audiences to give their show a chance to get off the ground before judging.