Black America. A brilliant new show from Amazon about post Civil War Alternate History series.
In light of HBO's annoucement of their new show Confederate, created by the legendary David Benioff and D.B. Weiss who are most famous for their Game of Thrones series, Amazon released a statement about a series that has been in the works for a little over a year called Black America.
Confederate is their new show that is set to take the place of Game of Thrones once the show has completed its eighth season. The premise of Confederate is extremely controversal and not for the faint of heart, especially considering the struggles and prejudice minorities still face in our Society even after the Civil War ended over 150 years ago. Imagine what America would be like if the South had won the war and thousands of African Americans had not obtained their freedom. An America where slavery was still practiced today. Where aparthied was normal, if not expected in our Society. An American where my own son, who is African American, Greek, Dominican and Puerto Rican, would be shunned and ridiculed. It isn't ironic that two white men chose to write such a show and I can't help but wonder how the African American community will react.
Now Black America is a show that I can't wait to see. Created by Peabody-winning The Boondocks creator and Black Jesus co-creator Aaron McGruder and top feature producer Will Packer (Ride Along, Think Like A Man franchises, Straight Outta Compton). Their vision of an alternate history is based on the idea that after African American's won the Civil War they were granted reparations after the end of the War and formed their own country, called New Colonia.
New Colonia is comprised of the land formerly known as Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. As reported by Deadline the creators envisioned a world where 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.
The show's creators hired two black historical writers- Malcolm Spellman and Nichelle Tramble Spellman- to ensure that even though the most of the show is in a alternate historical universe, the parts of the Civil War that will be depicted in the show are historically correct and accurate.
Amazon has yet to annouce a release date for Black America but I am eagerly awaiting it's arrival.