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The 1st Trailer for Aaron McGruder’s New Adult Swim Series ‘Black Jesus’ Will Likely Ruffle a Few Feathers

The 1st Trailer for Aaron McGruder's New Adult Swim Series 'Black Jesus' Will Likely Ruffle a Few Feathers

And if it didn’t, it certainly wouldn’t be an Aaron McGruder series, would it?

Adult Swim has announced their new half-hour live-action scripted comedy “Black Jesus” from writer/producer, Aaron McGruder (“The Boondocks”), will premiere on Thursday, August 7th at 11pm (ET/PT). 

The series finds Jesus living in present day Compton, CA on a daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood, with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers.

The series stars newcomer Gerald “Slink” Johnson as “Black Jesus.” 

Charlie Murphy, Corey Holcomb, John Witherspoon, Kali Hawk, Andra Fuller, Antwon Tanner, Andrew Bachelor, Angela Gibbs, and Valenzia Algarin round out the starring cast.

McGruder is executive producer through his 5 Mutts Productions, along with director Mike Clattenburg, LEG’s Norman Aladjem, John Bravakis and Stu Schreiberg, with Robert Wise and Meghann Collin.

Watch the new series’ first trailer below for a glimpse at what to expect:

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Concerned Believer

Gal: 6:7 say's Do not be deceived, God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will reap.
Jude 1:10, But these speak of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally like brute beasts in these things they corrupt themselves. 11-Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah. 14-"Behold, The Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him."
So, have I say more? It is not good to fall into the hands of an angry God! For your sakes, do not allow these series be televised. Of course, I will not be watching, nor none of my family members. There is much reverence and respect for The Lord who created you and this earth.


This is bad. can u do this with other religion?
u better be careful.

Prophet Riel

They smacked Jesus across his face with this show! The theme song is saying "All gon die" mocking Jesus return as DEATH!! What an abomination these losers don't care about the horrible stuff of this world and BILLIONS of souls Jesus is going to save from SUFFERING!!!!!!!!!!!!! RISEATLANTIS . COM




Jesus has already been defaced and mocked enough… BLACK JESUS? Really do you not know that Jesus was black? Nothing like the pictures they portray him to be. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters" Rev 1: 13-15…… Who has hair like wool. I know I do and I am black….. WHEN WILL YOU WAKE UP? HOPEFULLY, BEFORE HELL. I am disgusted by this.

DaySha G

Foolishness, Garbage, Shameful


Much like the Boondocks, Black Jesus only serves as the obvious means (Black exploitation) to an apparent end (profit). Given that the culprit is Black only facilitates the process. Since Boondocks was well received by many Blacks, young McGruder (and others) took advantage of the opportunity to further Black exploitation with the “Black Jesus” creation. WOW! How many of us did not see that coming!

Clearly, the issue is not whether you believe in Jesus, whether Jesus existed (or not) or whether he was Black—it’s all economics–the law of supply and demand. So the bottom-line is that young McGruder is just following the exploitative strategic plan mapped out by others. Seriously, once the laughter wears off, the chronic plight of many Blacks still remain. So much for giving back.

For once, I would like to see more Blacks not fall into the proverbial trap of being the tail and not the head—especially for profit! Any takers???

Joe King

This looks absolutely hilarious!!


I'm all aboard the Black jesus Train.


this is the very last thing america needs right now. Absolutely horrific. Christians do not want to see this. So, I suppose this show is basically for atheists & agnostics. Right? Perfect! I'm certain Jesus will be thrilled. I cannot imagine believe anyone, other than the 4 percent of non-believers in America would consider even wanting this to be aired. America would doesn't have much of a backbone left. Interesting. Sad.


Pure, unfunny trash. Hope it fails miserably.


"Jesus is white, goddamit" lol What did I just watch?!

i swear they put anything on TV nowadays…


WWBJD? This is going to be just what the doctor ordered. Maybe it will wake up some of these sleeping Christians. A fake black Jesus is no worse than the fake white Jesus you know and love. White Jesus can go kick rocks! This Christian superstition is ripe for the mocking.


I find this entire show blasphemous toward my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! (Just kidding. Christianity and the Bible are absurd, and non-existent Jesus deserves to be mocked! If this show helps to universally belittle Jesus and thus breed more Atheists–especially among religiously-gullible African Americans–more power to it and its creator, Aaron McGruder!)


I didn't laugh once, although there were some good lines. This played more like a movie than a series.

Eddie Goines

Big shout to Slink and Valenzia!!!!! Corey Holcomb continues to do his thing. Congrats

*And respect to Aaron McGruder. Truly creative and willing to take a chance. Great way to be.


Definitely gonna watch this.


Oh, this is where all the funny from the Boondocks show went. Damn, that was funny. I was just wondering what people from RoomieLoverFriends were doing, BTW.


Creative genius need their time to create such a satirical, thought provoking, insightful Television series. I wish this series was on one of the Broadcast Networks, but that would limit the genius of Mr. McGruder. I will certainly tune in to support Mr. McGruder in his new Television series.


Creative genius like Aaron McGruder needs to take his time creating such a satirical, thought provoking, insightful Television series. In my opinion it should be on the one of the Broadcast Networks, but that would limit the genius of Mr. McGruder. I will certainly tune in to support Mr. McGruder's new Television series.

Ol Skool

Cut off the head and the body will follow. AND… don't start no mess… there won't be none. So STOP IT!

I'm suggesting that… well… it seems that… well… it appears to me the writer of this post is instagating mess. I mean, this new series is witty, funny, smart. clever and very entertaining… so whose feathers are in for a ruffling?

Oh, I get it, the writer's agnostic nature forces him to do what agnostics live a die for… ruffle the feather of church folks.

Yes sir, stirring the pot here aren't you buddy?

Disgruntled Man



Although I am speechless, I definitely laughed.

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