"Black Dynamite" Airs Hour-Long Musical About Police Brutality Starring Tyler, the Creator and Erykah Badu
Watch the hour-long animated feature "The Wizard of Watts"
As previously reported, the season finale of Adult Swim's animated show "Black Dynamite" was an hour-long musical feature called "The Wizard of Watts". It featured the voices of Erykah Badu and Tyler, the Creator, and it addressed police brutality. If you've got a cable/satellite subscription, you can watch it here.
In the episode (some mild spoilers below), Black Dynamite announces that he's on "staycation," which prompts white police officers to wreak havoc on his community. When riots break out in the streets (spurred by police beating Little Orphan Rodney King), Black Dynamite is hit in the head with a brick.
He then hallucinates that he's in Ozwatts, where his black poodle Broto starts talking (Tyler). The Fairy Godfather (of Soul) James Brown then appears, informing Black Dynamite that he's in "the black version of The Wiz". If you've seen The Wiz or The Wizard of Oz, you've got a good idea of the plot here—just replace the Wicked Witch of the West with "the Wicked Bitch of the West Side" (a pig-nosed cop accompanied by cronies equipped with SWAT gear).