Amazon Announces Black America, an Alt-History Series About Slavery Reparations

Just days after HBO announced that it was relocating brazen with a alt-history show portraying a modern-day America where a Confederacy seceded from a kinship and still practices slavery, Amazon has suggested skeleton for a possess array devising what life would be like for black Americans if they had been paid reparations after a Civil War, Variety reports.

In a play series, entitled Black America, newly giveaway African Americans are given Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama and form New Colonia, that “has a scattered attribute with a United States government,” according to Variety. The show, that will be helmed by Girls Trip and Straight Outta Compton writer Will Packer and The Boondocks cartoonist Aaron McGruder, is Amazon’s second alt-history series, fasten Emmy-winning The Man in a High Castle, that portrays a universe where a Axis powers won World War II.

Black America has so distant been met with significantly reduction recoil than HBO’s Confederate, that faced roughly evident critique in partial since dual of a 4 executive producers were white group — Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss — and for a theme matter. As Variety reports, romantic Apr Reign started a Twitter hashtag #NoConfederate and tweeted, “We trust a time to pronounce adult is now, before a uncover has been created or cast. Before @hbo invests too most income into #Confederate.” Regarding Amazon’s Black America, however, Apr told Variety, “I consider it’s a most improved illustration of alt-history than what was due by Benioff and Weiss. we support this plan as it will uncover black and brownish-red people abounding in this country, something that isn’t shown adequate on screen. I’m also assured that, formed on Mr. Packer’s prior lane record, a organisation behind a camera will be much some-more inclusive than we’ve seen from Game of Thrones.”

Benioff, Weiss, and their essay partners, Justified‘s Nichelle Tramble Spellman and Empire‘s Malcolm Spellman, shielded their project, with Malcolm revelation Vulture, “This is not a universe in that a whole nation is enslaved. Slavery is in one half of a country. And a North is a North.” He added, “The imagery should be no whips and no plantations.” Weiss also suggested critics to reason their glow until a uncover has indeed premiered, saying, “Everything is code new and nothing’s been written. we theory that’s what was a small bit startling about some of a outrage. It’s only a small premature. You know, we competence f— it up. But we haven’t yet.”

HBO execs also stood by a show, with programming boss Casey Bloys revelation during a Television Critics Association press eventuality final week that he regretted announcing a uncover traffic with such complicated theme matter in a elementary press release, Variety reports. “Our mistake — HBO’s mistake, not a producers — was a suspicion that we would be means to announce an suspicion that is so supportive and requires such caring and suspicion on a partial of a producers in a press recover was misled on a part,” he said. “The producers have pronounced they’re not looking to do Gone With a Wind 2017. It’s not whips and plantations. It’s what they suppose a complicated day establishment of labour would demeanour like.”

Related: Confederate Backlash: The Game of Thrones Creators Respond to a Controversy Over Their Slavery Series

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