Welcome to Thursday.

Last week Twitter went into a frenzy about the news of HBO’s decision to pick up Confederate, a series birthed by Game of Thrones’ showrunners. In short, the premise of the show is an alternate universe where the Confederacy won the Civil War and slaves were never freed. I’m from a very small town in South Carolina, trust me, I grew up with kids who would’ve rather saw me on a plantation than win the same awards as them, but I digress.

Bree Newsome wrote an astonishing piece about the controversy for The Washington Post. Social commentator April Reign (#OscarsSoWhite) co-created the hashtag #NoConfederate issuing a sharp stance as to why the show is problematic, calling for Confederate to never see the light of day.

Here’s where tech steps in.

Black America is in development at Amazon Studios, created by Aaron McGruder (Boondocks) and super producer Will Packer. Announced in February as an untitled project, Black America has been in the works for a while and is an alt-history story where enslaved African Americans were granted Southern states as reparations. Here’s the kicker. The drama is set in present day and the fictional nation, New Colonia, is far outpacing the United States.

Imagine a level playing field where everyone gets an equal slice of the American dream. Kudos to both Amazon and the team behind Black America. Both Confederate and Black America are opening up necessary dialogue about the ugly blemishes of our nation.

Tyler

P.S.
Missed out on ThePLUG’s latest #TechTuesday webinar? Click here to watch Sherrell’s chat with QuHarrison Terry of Redox.

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