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This Upcoming Drama By Will Packer and Aaron McGruder Imagines "Black America" Post-Reparations

"Black America" is the right kind of alternative history drama.

A new drama by Will Packer and The Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder, which envisions an alternate history for black people in post-Civil War America, is currently in the works, reports Deadline.


Black America is a speculative fiction series, set in a world where African Americans claimed the Southern states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama as reparations for slavery following the Civil War. The territory occupied by these former slaves is now the sovereign nation of New Colonia. The country has faced several challenges, brought on by its neighbor, the United States throughout its 150 year history, but it is now becoming a major world player while the United States struggles to stay afloat.

The series, which is set to premiere on Amazon, was announced back in February. Further details about the drama comes on the heels of the controversy surrounding HBOs recently announced alternative-history drama, Confederate.

“I felt this was the appropriate time to make sure that audiences and the creative community knew that there was a project that preexisted and we are pretty far down the road with it,” Packer told Deadline.

Unlike Confederate—a series which explores what America would be like if the Confederacy had won the Civil War and slavery still existed—Black America imagines a more hopeful black American experience.

“It was something that was personally intriguing for me as a black American, you would be hard pressed to find many black Americans who have not thought about the concept of reparations, what would happen if reparations were actually given," said Packer. "As a content creator, the fact that that is something that has been discussed thoroughly throughout various demographics of people in this country but yet never been explored to my knowledge in any real way in long-form content, I thought it was a tremendous opportunity to delve into the story, to do it right.”

 

Interview

Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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