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John Legend to bring the story of a�?Black Wall Streeta�� to WGN

John Legend is teaming up with WGN America to bringA�the real life story of a�?Black Wall Streeta�? to a television near you.

a�?Black Wall Streeta�? was a wealthy black neighborhood in Greenwood, Tulsa that was attacked in 1921 by a mob of angry whites who burned it down and massacred hundreds of black residents over two days.

In spite of the devastating attack, the community rebuilt fromA�the ruins until desegregation began.

According to Deadline,A�John Legend, Mike Jackson and Ty Stikloriousa��s company, Get Lifted Film Co., has already gotten a deal forA�early development on Black Wall Street,A�which will examine the historical role of Black Wall Street itself.

The series will examine how Black Wall Street and the community around its creation became a safe haven even at a time of deep segregation. It will also examine the backlash that the community faced over the course of theA�two day rampage

a�?Wea��re so excited to continue to grow our relationship with WGN America,a�? Jackson told Deadline. a�?Our experience working with them on Underground has been fantastic.A�Additionally, wea��re looking forward to working with our friend Tika Sumpter to help tell this incredible story that many people know nothingA�about.a�?

 

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