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

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

Confederate is being developed by Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

The series, from Will Packer and Aaron McGruder, will focus on freed slaves who are given the states of Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana as reparations and how they create their own country, New Colonia.

With a country to call their own named New Colonia, the African-American former slaves go through a turbulent history of building themselves up as an independent people and nation, with the United States alternating as a helpful and intrusive neighbor.

Held up against Confederate, as its creators (or, rather, their publicists) clearly intended, Black America has a less controversial premise with an equally formidable pedigree: It's the previously announced collaboration between producer Will Packer, most recently of Girls Trip, and Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder.

Checkmate. Amazon slyly waited until after the backlash to HBO's "Confederate" to reveal the plot of its own upcoming alternate USA history series, "Black America", and so far fans like this one much better. Back in February, Black America was simply an untitled "alternate universe drama". Now, Amazon has announced long-gestating plans for its own experiment in alternative history, but of an altogether different flavor.

The series is still in heavy development at Amazon Studios and has not been given a release date yet.

As more information becomes available for Black America, we will be sure to deliver that news on Amazon Adviser.

The HBO series announcement was met with huge backlash, with HBO's programming president Casey Bloys addressing the controversy during his presentation at the Television Critics Assn. press tour. It's a nation that is now, for the past two decades, complicatedly allied with its neighbor, the United States, after a century and a half of "military incursions, assassinations, regime change, and coups". But as New Colonia ascends, America is in rapid decline, and both nations have to come together to help prevent this.

That's what the folks over at HBO learned when they unveiled their plans for an alt-history series Confederate where slavery is a modern-day institution. Even in this alternate society, Packer said there will be black Americans suffering from the effects of slavery. You would be hard pressed to find many black Americans who have not thought about the concept of reparation, what would happen if reparations were actually given. Still, Confederate is in a precarious place-and all that backlash isn't likely to disappear.

When asked about Confederate, which will be co-written by Malcolm and Nichelle Spellman, Packer was careful not to opine too strongly about a show that remains in its early stages. "The fact that there is the contemplation of contemporary slavery makes it something that I would not be a part of producing or consuming", he told Deadline.

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