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.