John Legend & Tika Sumpter Team Up For 'Black Wall Street' Series At WGN
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“Black Wall Street”

As season 2 of “Underground” heads into production, WGN America has inked another development deal with John Legend‘s Get Lifted Film Co. and Tika Sumpter to produce a series about Black Wall Street.

The project will focus on what became one of the largest mass killings of African-Americans in the nation’s history.

Via Deadline:

“We’re so excited to continue to grow our relationship with WGN America,” Get Lifted’s Jackson told Deadline today. “Our experience working with them on Underground has been fantastic. Additionally, we’re looking forward to working with our friend Tika Sumpter to help tell this incredible story that many people know nothing about.”

Set in Tulsa, OK, in the opening decades of the 20th century, Black Wall Street examines the strong middle-class African-American community that built up in the divided city. Owning businesses and employing many whites in the segregated state, the Greenwood area of Tulsa was a haven for black professionals and raised capital for its own entrepreneurs and ventures. In May 1921, several white attackers burned the neighborhood in a two-day rampage that saw 300 die and the community devastated and largely forgotten for decades.

After several books about the massacre and lobbying by descendants, the Oklahoma Legislature passed the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot Reconciliation Act in 2001, providing scholarships and creating a memorial to the victims that was dedicated in 2010.

Early in the development stage, Black Wall Street could debut in 2018 if picked up to series. Renewed in April, Season 2 of Underground will debut next year.

If “Black Wall Street” is going to be anywhere near as good as “Underground” – bring it on!

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