Producer, Will Packer, continues to keep our eyes glued in and waiting for what he will do next. Right behind the success of Girls Trip, Packer has developed a new show alongside The Boondocks creator and Black Jesus co-creator, Aaron McGruder. In development for over a year with Amazon, Black America is an alternative history drama series showing a post reparations America.
This show comes right on time with recent partnerships between HBO and Game Of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, confirming the production of Confederate. Another alternative history show that depicts an America where slavery is still legal and has become a modern institution.
Black America is the perfect counter balance, the show depicts a post slavery America where African Americans have formed there own sovereign nation, New Colonia, containing the southern states Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama. Throughout the season we will see the struggles between New Colonia and the US during a post Reconstruction era where New Colonia has become an industrialized country and the US struggles to survive economically. It also taps into the complex relationship between these two countries violent history and the freed slaves journey to create their own destiny.
In an interview with Deadline Packer stated, “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,” Packer said. “You still have the prison-industrial complex that disproportionally imprisons black and brown people, you can trace that back for many reasons to slavery.”
What if reparations were given? That is a question that many African Americans have asked themselves and others. How different would life be if my ancestors were really given what they were promised? Now with Packer and McGruder we can witness some of those “what if’s.” What would you like to see happen in Black America? Lets Get Reel Below!