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Black Jesus Official Trailer: What Would Jesus Do In Compton?

Aaron McGruder is most famous for creating the show “The Boondocks,” which originally appeared as a comic strip.   MCGruder was born in Chicago but grew up in Maryland where he later attended the University of Maryland and earned a degree in African American Studies.

During his time in college, The Boondocks debuted in the campus newspaper, The Diamondback.  The comic strip premiered as an adult animated sitcom on Cartoon Network in November 2005.  The cutting-edge humor and unapologetic presentation of issues such as race and politics have stirred up a lot of controversy over the years.

Despite the controversy, McGruder was able to build a loyal fan base.  He also won awards for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series in 2005 and an Image Award in 2011.

Many of his loyal fans have waited in anticipation for the premiere of McGruder’s new show Black Jesus which is set to appear on Adult Swim beginning August 7.  Black Jesus is a half hour live-action series that will feature Jesus as a black resident of Compton who seeks to spread his message of love and kindness through the ghetto with the help of his apostles.

Some feel that the show traces its roots back to the first lines of The Boondocks pilot where main character Huey states, “Jesus was black, Ronald Reagan was the devil, and the government is lying about 9/11.”

Much like its predecessor, Black Jesus is receiving its fair share of criticism with some even calling for a boycott of not just the show but the network as well.  While some take offense to the show’s portrayal of religion, others are upset that the show may be replicating stereotypes and tired tropes.  For those who choose to not be offended, the show promises to offer plenty of laughs and thought provoking satire.  The following video is the trailer for the series.  Check it out to see what all the hype is about.

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Christine

28 Comment

  1. The word that comes to mind is Blasphemy and for the sake of my soul, I wouldn't watch this mess for nothing in the world. Ya'll better order your steps and watch what you allow into your life. Don't get caught up in worldly things just for a laugh and lose your soul. Remember, God don't like ugly.

  2. The word that comes to mind is Blasphemy and for the sake of my soul, I wouldn't watch this mess for nothing in the world. Ya'll better order your steps and watch what you allow into your life. Don't get caught up in worldly things just for a laugh and lose your soul. Remember, God don't like ugly.

  3. This is a total disrespect of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and I pray that all who watch this clip for entertainment will be repent and receive Him as Lord and Savior.

  4. I hope no one supports this movie. It is a disgrace not because it’s called Black Jesus but the mere fact that it is suppose to depict Jesus period.

  5. Cooning and Buffoonery, 2014.

  6. Why Black Jesus in Compton? Why place Jesus in scenes such as this?.
    Does this represent the way all Black people, Jesus or not, act or react in the city of Compton? I am a resident of Compton for 58 years and am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ or my City. I am a born again believer and resent this depiction of My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus is not a joke or anyone to take lightly. He is love and will forgive!!!

  7. DITTO

  8. Like the Boondocks this is disgusting.I hope we do everything in our power to stop this show. If is nothing but ignorance and buffoonery…

  9. Like the Boondocks this is disgusting.I hope we do everything in our power to stop this show. If is nothing but ignorance and buffoonery…

  10. Like the Boondocks this is disgusting.I hope we do everything in our power to stop this show. If is nothing but ignorance and buffoonery…

  11. DITTO….Obviously I believe that this show is not about uplifting the name of Jesus. It is more about degrading the name. Jesus is no joke. He is real.

  12. DITTO….Obviously I believe that this show is not about uplifting the name of Jesus. It is more about degrading the name. Jesus is no joke. He is real.

  13. I am with you Kim. I couldn't have said it any better.

  14. This maybe portrayed as a comedy but at least its an accurate portrayal of what Jesus actually looked like and where and whom he would be were he in America. He would be amongst the persecuted.

  15. This is simply another depiction of how low Black people are willing to sink and what ‘religion’ (Latin: ‘relagare’ = “To bind”) has done to the black ‘mind’. It ‘binds’ us to all manner of foolishness and debauchery. If black people won’t engage in nothing else, they will go to church–which has become a mockery in itself. This is simply more proof that to many Black people, nothing is sacred, as is becoming more and more evident of the mindset of this so-called ‘Christian’ country, black and white. “Preachers of L.A.” was a classic example, as are so many blacks running into the pulpit for those tax free dollars. We sell ourselves and each other for a mere laugh, even as the metaphor of ‘Jesus’ being sold for forty lousy pieces of silver. We, as Black people, are our own worst enemy trying to live vicariously off of the sufferings of the ancestors. And it is a real shame. We play with God. We play with the ‘gospel’ and make a mockery of all that we ‘thought’ was sacred. We’ve joined the masses in proving that in this ‘Satanic’ world, nothing is sacred anymore. In this, we are simply proving that we are ‘students’ and ‘apprentices’ of the satanic element taking over our minds…assisting ‘him’ in this gross debauchery. With all of our church-going, singing, engaging in “praise and worship”, preaching the ‘gospel’, we are proving more and more that we haven’t a clue as to what true spirituality is all about. We make a mockery of all that is supposed to be sacred. And then we get offended at other races that calls us out on it. Is any subject matter acceptable if it falls under the ‘guise’ of comedy? I wonder…What’s next?

  16. I would be all good with a show that would depict a black JESUS in the respect and manner that is due!!! Unfortunately not this show and as my late mother would say stand for nothing fall for anything? If this airs I will cancel the adult swim channel with direct television with out hesitation! The irony I only watched adult swim channel because of the boondocks and Aaron Mcgruder and I will be I will be canceling because of.

  17. What the hell is this. I will boycott it myself for a different reason. Jesus will not be amused.

  18. Maybe, I wouldn't have done like this but Black Jesus in the skit is keeping it real. Unlike many of our churches today. Were you up set when Jesus befriended the prostitute or was he worried about what someone would say. It's about the spirit not the words. Look like to me he was trying to reach the down trodden, the sick, the weary the poor I think that what we Christians talk about right. Let wiggle outside of the box and come boldly. Holla

  19. After reading many of the post below can we agree that disrespect is relative. Every generation has their own way of communication. I think this McGruder Kat is a great motivator of thought. It's time to get on the move. To much choir preaching.

  20. Jesus would be found in Compton and among the least of these. What is blasphemous is/are churches that worship passa like he is Jesus and he allows it. Nothing can defame the church, they do a good enough job….

  21. Thank you my brother

  22. Looks Funny.

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  28. Do you have any video of that? I’d care to find out some additional information.

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