Fifth Annual New York Times Arts & Leisure WeekendCheckmate. Amazon slyly waited until after the backlash to HBO's "Confederate" to reveal the plot of its own upcoming alternate U.S. history series, "Black America," and so far fans like this one much better.

"Black America" has been in the works at Amazon for over a year, with Deadline first announcing the project in February, simply as an untitled alt-universe series similar to Amazon's "The Man in the High Castle." New details just came out today, and the post-"Confederate" timing is not coincidental. At all.

As Will Packer (shown below) -- lead producer of the project alongside Aaron McGruder (shown above) -- told Deadline, "It 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."

US-ENTERTAINMENT-GIRLS TRIPLike "Confederate," "Black America" also envisions a different post-Civil War outcome in the U.S. However, in this case, slavery did not continue into modern times. Here's more on "Black America," via Deadline:

"It envisions an alternate history where newly freed African Americans have secured the Southern states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama post-Reconstruction as reparations for slavery, and with that land, the freedom to shape their own destiny. The sovereign nation they formed, New Colonia, has had a tumultuous and sometimes violent relationship with its looming "Big Neighbor," both ally and foe, the United States. The past 150 years have been witness to military incursions, assassinations, regime change, coups, etc. Today, after two decades of peace with the U.S. and unprecedented growth, an ascendant New Colonia joins the ranks of major industrialized nations on the world stage as America slides into rapid decline. Inexorably tied together, the fate of two nations, indivisible, hangs in the balance."

That immediately sounded better to fans than the alt-history of "Confederate." Supporters of #NoConfederate -- which was trending on Twitter during last Sunday's "Game of Thrones" -- joined others to cheer "Black America," getting it trending on Twitter:

"Black America" has been in the works for a while, so we should expect to hear more about it -- casting, premiere date, etc. -- fairly soon, as opposed to "Confederate," which was still in the early planning stages.

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