Wednesday, August 24, 2016

John Legend Producing Black Wall Street Series


Producer John Legend is following his successful WGN series Underground, about the lives of runaway slaves in Georgia, with a new series based on another important piece of American history - the infamous destruction of a wealthy Black community in Tulsa, Ok dubbed the 'Black Wall Street..'

Following World War I Black U.S. citizens living in segregated Tulsa, OK created a wealthy economic enclave so successful it was known across the country as the "Black Wall Street.'

That is, until a mob of white men stormed the neighborhood on May 31 and June 1 in 1921 and lynched over 300 men, women and children and burned hundreds of businesses to the ground.

Spoiler Alert: The area never recovered, no one was ever charged or any compensation given to the business owners or their families.

John Legend's Black Wall Street is currently in development.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thumbs up!

Kitty B. said...

Yes John!!! I here for it

Ron said...

It's about damn time!!!!!!!!!!

Ron said...

Snitch you left out raped and murdered, and they stole their clothes and cars etc..

Anonymous said...

He's producing all of these black films; is this his way of making up for being married to an obnoxious Asian man?

Anonymous said...

Good job John!

Anonymous said...

The GAP Band from Tulsa, OK named after the intersection of Black Wall Street, G- Greenwood A- Archer P- Pine

Anonymous said...

Yes!!!!! The kids need to see this. America needs to see this!

Kitty B. said...

@10:55 you said it!!!

Anonymous said...

@10:55am LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Asian man! But at least he is doing something to share some great black history with the masses. Hell black celebs with black wives aren't even doing this, so John gets a pass! To be honest, I have never heard of this. Last week, for the first time, I heard about The Policy (it was like a lottery) in Chicago in the 1940S which created a lot of black wealth in Chicago until the Italian mobsters used violence and threats of death to take it over. It made me sick to see the white man come in to black neighborhoods and take over something they created. If one sits and thinks, it is easy to see how historical trauma can run deep in people that were oppressed.

LNF

Anonymous said...

lol @10:55

Anonymous said...

Sorry for this long post, but the following was on the Jay-Z thread yesterday and it really made me think:

"...Black folks have to use their own models for wealth building (as Asians do) because the "American" model was made for land-owning White families...And in order to keep it, the wealth must be kept secret. When you go into Sunset Park that's predominately Korean or Borough Park that's Hasidic, you never know where the banks are and they're not labeled."

This is SO true; When Black people try to build wealth, there's a concerted effort to destroy it. Perhaps it's time to keep our wealth as quiet as Orthodox, Hasidic, Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Thai communities...All have been persecuted/executed in America at one time or another, and all know that commodities like diamonds and precious metals are the best way to build wealth. Also, none of these communities trust traditional banks (especially Asians.) I think we can take these tools and build on them.

Peace.

Anonymous said...

Underground was actually amazing.. you know what, John is ok with me and his wife is actually pretty funny. Not gonna lie, i hated on them in the past, but i've come around..

Indi_flo said...

The Game named his label after this and tried to rebuild his hood in memory of..

The King Of The Real said...

@11:16 spit that knowledge

Anonymous said...

@11:16 AM


this might seem insignificant, but this is why black people need to STOP creating children with other races, because those mixed children will ALWAYS go back and tell the white side of their family those black secrets that they have been privy to.

white people use mixed-people as their spies and infiltration agents (even though the mixed-person does not even realize this)...


....if a mixed person is prepared to let that white side of their family go, then the secrets will be kept.

Anonymous said...

1143 you are right what your saying is very insignificant. throughout history it aint mixed people spying for the man its our own.

Anonymous said...

@12:01 and 11:43 ~ What's interesting is that in the BWS case, it was neighbors and people in the surrounding dustbowl area that held "meetings" about how uppity the Black area of Tulsa was becoming.

Sadly, the solution might have been to at least send their kids or parts of the family out of the area years before it happened so there'd be a place to "run to" if something went down. I would never judge these people because they died in unimaginable horror.

But there is a reason Vietnamese/Laotians send their families out of country as SOON as they get enough money. There's a reason that many Hasidic and Orthodox Jews of Europe sent their kids off the continent during WWII with diamonds and silver/gold. Many Jewish people died in the Holocaust, but many others who knew that pogroms were a simple fact of life being Jewish fled to Australia, Palestine, and New Zealand.

Don't let Civics and traditional history classes fool you. The knowledge of self-preservation is there if you read between the lines.

Anonymous said...

^^^And I meant "uppity" as their term, not mine

Anonymous said...

My comment got deleted:
@12:01 and 11:43 ~ What's interesting is that in the BWS case, it was neighbors and people in the surrounding dustbowl area that held "meetings" about how uppity the Black area of Tulsa was becoming.

Sadly, the solution might have been to at least send their kids or parts of the family out of the area years before it happened so there'd be a place to "run to" if something went down. I would never judge these people because they died in unimaginable horror.

But there is a reason Vietnamese/Laotians send their families out of country as SOON as they get enough money. There's a reason that many Hasidic and Orthodox Jews of Europe sent their kids off the continent during WWII with diamonds and silver/gold. Many Jewish people died in the Holocaust, but many others who knew that pogroms were a simple fact of life being Jewish fled to Australia, Palestine, and New Zealand.

Don't let Civics and traditional history classes fool you. The knowledge of self-preservation is there if you read between the lines.

Anonymous said...

@11:16

If I could kiss you, I would.

At first I was annoyed by why there is so much secrecy in west African traditional religion. Well, I see why. White people thrive on stealing from others. But what other groups do that African Americans fail to do is what you stated. African Americans have to reform.

Anonymous said...

Get real people. White supremacy will never let blacks undermine their agenda towards blacks.

Really, how are we going sneak any business model around whites without them knowing?

Revolution is our only solution! If we all must die trying, so be it.

Blacks will always be whites biggest threat and this is a well known fact by the people running things. They will never let up on us!

Anonymous said...

Has anyone noticed that every time a RWS thread gets deep and people drop knowledge, trolls appear advocating violence or sounding unhinged? Every time there's a calm discussion of solutions, someone comes out of the woodwork yelling and talking about Black Israelites, white devils and spies or violent "revolution."

Very odd.

Anonymous said...

Orthodox, Hasidic, Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai, etc., what do these people have that American Blacks don't?

Another country to run to.

Anonymous said...

^^^ another country to run to that they own, such as Isreal, etc.

Anonymous said...

^^^I think you missed the point or the historical context. 11:16/12:23 was saying that these people left their countries for other places using precious metals and diamonds as a means to do so. Jews fled to other countries and consider anti-semitism a fact of life. Racism is a fact of life as long as there are powers that make money from perpetuating divisions. There's no way to stop it, only insulate yourself from it in all the ways you can.

Greed sees no color and almost anything can be purchased and almost anyone can be bought off. The key is to not allow yourselves to be segregated. "Ghettos" are easily liquidated and black enclaves (Olympia Fields and the Inkwell) can be burned. Try to have a back-up plan for you and your family.

Hide in plain sight...The key is to keep your money and business quiet. How would anyone know to kill you if you've quietly slipped away in the night? Get a bigger vision and think bigger thoughts. Look at the bigger picture because history repeats itself.

Anonymous said...

@ 2:13 that's because you Edomites don't want Negroes waking up and rising against ya'll on Some Nat Turner Shit. Peace and Love is all ya'll want when it comes to Negroes.

chevychick said...

There are some really great posts in here, and I totally agree with most of you all, and have even learned a few things that i want to study further, so thanks for that. But here's my opinion -- there's a lot of division amongst our people, we have to come together before we can accomplish anything positive. Yeah, oher races have their problems, but ultimately they are able to come together for the greater good of everyone involved. Division destroys. Another thing is we need to know our true roots, who we are, not that watered-down version the Caucasians put in the history books. If we don't know who we are, where are we going? We hv a lot of fixing to do amongst ourselves, those people back then we're strong, and they stuck together, a lot of my people are confused...confusion and division = destruction.

Anonymous said...

@2:13 it's not "odd" at all. I see this in real life, regardless if a profound conversation is engaged or not. Many black people fear or have a real inferiority complex towards whites, and some of them perpetuate that fear and inferiority, in the name of fringe groups (BHI, 5%ers, NOI, PSG, etc)...

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