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Black Jesus: The TV Show

Adult Swim's latest controversial show to air in August.

Black Jesus artwork courtesy of Junkyemonkeys.com

Black Jesus artwork courtesy of Junkyemonkeys.com

As if Kanye West didn’t create enough controversy with his Yeezus album, Cartoon Network’s latest stint titled “Black Jesus” is sure to generate chaos.

Rumored Yeezus album artwork.  Left: Kanye West on a crucifix and ritght: an assumed disfigured melted Jesus piece.  Courtesy of Idolator.com

Rumored Yeezus album artwork. Left: Kanye West on a crucifix and right: an assumed disfigured melted Jesus piece. Courtesy of Idolator.com

From the creator of the hit television series “The Boondocks”, Aaron McGruder teams up again with Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim to release the new half hour series.   Black Jesus is a show that places Jesus on Earth, and of all places, Compton, California, the birthplace of the notorious rap group N.W.A.

Although many may not be familiar with his physical appearance, Gerald “Slink” Johnson played the voice of Lamar Davis on the video game Grand Theft Auto V as well as the Grand Theft Auto Online game.  Interesting enough Slink’s latest role will be that of Black Jesus.

Gerald “Slink” Johnson as Lamar Davis on GTA V courtesy of Rap.genius.com

Gerald “Slink” Johnson as Lamar Davis on GTA V courtesy of Rap.genius.com

Other cast members include The Boondocks‘ own John Witherspoon, Charlie Murphy, and Corey Holcomb (Robert of The Cleveland Show) to name a few.

The show is said to follow on the shenanigans of a modern day African American Jesus.  The Hollywood Reporter writes:

“The new half-hour live-action scripted comedy finds Jesus living in present-day Compton, Calif., on a daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers.”

Seems fair enough.  We all wonder what God would be like on Earth.  There’s even a song dedicated to this very thought called One of Us by Joan Osborne.

She sings in the chorus:

 “What if God was one of us?

Just a slob like one of us?

Just a stranger on the bus

Trying to make His way home?

This show will definitely peak interest and will create viewers based off of curiosity alone, but is the world ready for a ‘black Jesus?’

People have already begun to give their opinion of the show after viewing the trailer.

Via Youtube

Via Youtube

Via Youtube

Via Youtube

Others were more concerned about the creator abandoning The Boondocks in order to focus on Black Jesus.

Via Youtube

Via Youtube

Controversy now days, generates currency so maybe Adult Swim will have another hit series on their hands.

Black Jesus premieres next month, August 7, 2014, on Adult Swim at 11pm/10 central.

The shows trailer can be found here.

Will you tune in?

Leave your comments below.

Gerald “Slink” Johnson as Black Jesus via Nicolamenzieonline.com

Gerald “Slink” Johnson as Black Jesus via Nicolamenzieonline.com

Tatrisila “Trish G.” Guidry is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where she received her undergraduate degree in History. She credits her major for reviving her passion for writing which eventually lead her to receive a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Full Sail University. From the first note belted out by Whitney Houston in “And I Will Always Love You”, Trish G. fell in love with music. As music began to evolve and rap took over the world, she found a new interest in rap and artists ability to use word’s to paint pictures. “Listening to talented lyricists gives me life. From Aaliyah’s “One in A Million”, to Kendrick Lamar’s “good kid, m.A.A.d city”, music has always been my escape.” Writing for So So Active Media allows her the opportunity to combine two of her greatest loves into one website. She is amped to be able to contribute creative, new stories weekly.