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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.”

 

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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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