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Watch 'The Old Negro Space Program' - Short Mockumentary Imagining Black Space Program

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act August 6, 2014 at 12:07PM

The fellow who put this together - Andy Bobrow - is a writer and producer on the TV comedy series "Community."
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The Old Negro Space Program

As I watched it, Frances Bodomo's "Afronauts" short film (soon to be a feature) immediately came to mind, although different stories (alternative histories of the "space race"), a continent apart, but both of the Diaspora.

The fellow who put this together - Andy Bobrow - is a writer and producer on the TV comedy series "Community."

Bobrow's shared the following on the film's making: "It’s a short film I made in 2003. I had the title first. It made me laugh. Then I made the movie, slowly. I figured if it sucked I wouldn’t show it to anyone. It did not suck, so here it is. This was shown at the HBO Comedy Festival in 2004 (back when it was the Aspen Comedy Festival). And even before that, it helped me get my first tv writing job on "Malcolm in the Middle." Also it was one of the first shorts to “go viral,” and I’m very proud of it. 'The Old Negro Space Program' has been good to me. I hope you enjoy it."

It's a few years old (done pre-Funny or Die and pre-YouTube, I'm told), but I thought it was still worth sharing, as I'm sure many of you haven't seen it either. And I thought it would maybe be contentious, if only because Bobrow,its creator, is white:

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