John Legend To Explore The Original “Black Wall Street” In New TV Series


(AllHipHop News) John Legend is expanding his resume as a TV producer with a new series about one of America’s most famous affluent black neighborhoods.

The “All of Me” singer is developing the as-yet-untitled show focused on ‘Black Wall Street’, the name given to the Greenwood neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which was one of the wealthiest black communities in the U.S. in the early part of the 20th century.

The community was destroyed by race riots in 1921, when more than 300 African-American locals were killed by racist white citizens.

The massacre is still considered one of the most devastating in U.S. history.

Legend will produce the project through his Get Lifted production company along with actress Tika Sumpter, who stars as U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama in another one of the Grammy winner’s projects, “Southside With You.”

The new TV series is set to air on the WGN network in America, which is also the home to another of Legend’s series about the African-American struggle.

The critically acclaimed Underground chronicles the secret tunnels and railroads slaves used to escape bondage.