Adult Swim’s "Black Dynamite" will air a musical special that addresses police brutality on January 10, 2015 at 10:30 PM. The 1-hour animated episode, called "The Wizard of Watts", will feature guest appearances from Erykah Badu, Tyler, The Creator, Tim Blake Nelson and J.B. Smoove.
"Black Dynamite" follows a crime-fighting title character whose job it is to keep his city safe from, among other threats, "ninjas, a young Michael Jackson, Bill Cosby and Richard Nixon" (it takes place in the 1970s). According to the press release, "The Wizard of Watts" will follow Black Dynamite as he attempts to take a vacation, during which time police start patrolling the streets and a riot breaks out. Black Dynamite is then hit in the head with a brick, which causes him to hallucinate into the Magical Land of Oz-Watts, where he is called upon to defend the community from the police.
“As a comedy writer, I feel it’s my job to make people laugh while using constructive social criticism to evoke thought and inspire dialogue,” said Carl Jones, who directed and co-wrote the upcoming special with Byron Minns.