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John Legend and Tika Sumpter Team Up to Create Series About Black Wall Street


Business WireJohn Legend and Tika Sumpter are joining forces to bring another important moment in black history to the forefront. The Southside with You producers are creating a new series for WGN based on Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Greenwood neighborhood, which was known as “Black Wall Street.”

According to Deadline, the series, set in Tulsa, will focus on the affluent African-American community that emerged in the divided city during the early 1920s, and the massacre that happened after several white attackers burned the neighborhood to the ground.

Legend’s Get Lifted partner, Mike Jackson, confirmed the news to Deadline. “We’re so excited to continue to grow our relationship with WGN America,” he says. “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.”

Black Wall Street is still in its beginning stage, but is slated to be released in 2018, provided the series is picked up. 

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