Daily Archives: August 1, 2017

Will Packer & Aaron McGruder Collaborate On Post-Reparations Amazon Drama Black America

Aaron McGruder and Will Packer have been working on a new drama series for Amazon called Black America. The show imagines an America where ex-slaves received Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama as reparations and have created a sovereign nation called New Colonia. Residents of New Colonia and the United States become intertwined in various conflicts that will determine its fate as an emerging industrialized nation. Packer explains,

“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 reparation, what would happen if reparations were actually given. 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. That involves “bringing on the appropriate historians to make sure we are telling the story in an accurate and responsible way.”

McGruder, who is famous for his Boondocks series, worked with Packer previously on the movie Think Like A Man. Packer wanted to work with McGruder again and felt that his sardonic wit was ideal for Black America.  McGruder is currently writing for the series that is still in the development stage but Packer said the series will generally focus on the topic of reparations, America’s mistakes and a future direction for Blacks.


Listen: J. Dilla’s Delights Vol. 1

J.Dilla’s Delights Vol. 1 is the first posthumous release from J.Dilla’s daughters Ja’Mya Yancey and Ty-Monae Whitlow.  The collection of 24 instrumentals were specifically reserved for Dilla’s daughters and all of the tracks have the agility, originality and head-nodding quality that he always brought to his work.


Mahogany Jones Questions Gold In Video With Sean C. Johnson & Young Josh

Detroit rapper, educator, activist and US Musical Ambassador Mahogany Jones questions materialism with Sean C. Johnson and Young Josh in the video for “Gold.” Jones is covered in shimmering gold as various accessories flash across the screen including a gold Jesus piece, gold nuggets, sneakers, a watch and burning cash. “Gold” is from Jones’ 2016  Sugar Water album which she is following up by working on her next full-length with trumpeter Kris Johnson.


Tricky: When We Die Featuring Martina Topley-Bird Official Video

Tricky released “When We Die” featuring Martina Topley-Bird earlier this month and today he debuted the video. The dark track is accompanied by a trail of forlorn faces belonging to homeless people around New York City. Tricky’s 13th album ununiform comes out September 22nd and can be pre-ordered.