Amazon to counter-program HBO’s ‘Confederate’ with reparations-themed ‘Black America’

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A week after HBO’s botched announcement of its upcoming slavery drama ‘Confederate,’ Amazon is partnering with Will Packer for its own history series: ‘Black America.’ USA TODAY

Amazon is hoping that viewers who registered their disapproval of HBO’s upcoming slavery drama Confederate will have a positive reaction to their own alternate-history series, Black America.

As in Confederate, from Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Black America takes place in a universe where the South has seceded from the Union. But where Confederate imagines slavery as a modern-day institution, the Amazon offering focuses on freed slaves who form their own country, New Colonia, out of the states of Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana, given to them as reparations for the country’s original…

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