John Legend is readying the release of a new TV based on the horrific tale of the Black Wall Street.
Good news below…
His ‘Get Lifted’ company is gearing up to unlock the second season of the hit show ‘Underground’ and are now developing a new series that will also air on WGN America.
In it, Legend and co-producer Tika Sumpter will tell the historical tale of one of the wealthiest African-American communities in the United States.
Set in the 1910s and based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the story will follow the lives of several affluent businessmen who sought to free themselves from the legislative and financial chains built to oppress their communities post-slavery.
‘Lifted’s Mike Jackson shared:
We’re so excited to continue to grow our relationship with WGN America.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.
Why the story is horrific?
The community, and those in it, were burned by racists seeking to dismantle their power.
The show will premiere in 2018.
Unfamiliar with ‘Underground’?
Click here to learn more about its impressive ratings and read what its producers Misha Green and Joe Pokaski had to say about it before it aired, below.
Underground’ depicts a raw and revolutionary chapter in the American story. We wanted an artist who could help us find the light through the darkness, and John Legend was a perfect fit. We are beyond excited to be working with John, Mike and Ty at Get Lifted. They stand without peer at the intersection of music and television — we couldn’t think of better producing partners.
Underground is an awesome show I’m ready for it to come back!! If this show is told anything like underground then I’m definitely here for it
SIDENOTE: If John Legend was not a singer, WOULD his uppity wife even give his little ass a second look? Just wondering? Her snobby ass would be with some rich old white man.
I am so happy this story is being told. More black people need to hear about it. Tulsa was once home to a thriving all black community where the people never needed to spend their money outside that community because they were totally self sufficient. It was one of the first affluent black communities in America. White people didn’t like it and overnight burned down the entire community, killing many black people in the process. I will definitely be watching.
Hmmmmmm!!!! Hmmmm!!!!!!!!!! I can hear the racists melting! A thriving black community burned down by white people? The jealousy was and is real.
Do not for one second think that white people have changed. They will still burn y’all to the ground if you tried it.
I wonder why they don’t teach this in history.
This story needs to get more exposure. I’m here for it. But is it me or does John legend look like Vivica fox here fresh from the Surgeon with her fillers on fleek.