Alt-History Drama From Aaron McGruder & Will Packer Envisions a Post-Reparations America

Aaron McGruder (left), Will Packer (right)

An alternative history drama from Aaron McGruder (Boondocks, Black Jesus) and Will Packer (Ride Along, Straight Outta Compton) paints a reality where newly freed African Americans have secured three southern states and succeeded from the union.

Titled Black America, the drama envisions a post-Reconstruction history where slaves were given Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama as reparations for slavery, and with that land, they are free to shape their own destiny.

According to Deadline, the sovereign nation they formed, New Colonia, has had a tumultuous and sometimes violent relationship with its looming “Big Neighbor,” both ally and foe, the United States. The past 150 years have been witness to military incursions, assassinations, regime change, coups, etc. 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.

“I know everybody might think that is a reply to Confederate, the alternative history show that HBO is doing, but Aaron and Will announced this back in January,” stated Breakfast Club host Charlamagne Tha God.

Black America, which Packer said is in “very, very active development” with McGruder “off and writing,” originated at Amazon Studios.