New Gig Whispers: John Legend and Tika Sumpter to Produce 'Black Wall Street' on WGN
Now this is what I am talking about........ #Winning. We wanted to see more of our own on the small and big screen and we are getting just that by mostly in part by none other than as Mr. John Legend himself. TiKa Sumpter obviously sees this avenue as a win as well, since she is also on board for the ride we know as WGN. The two have joined forces to produce a made for TV drama named 'Black Wall Street'.
Set in Tulsa, OK in the opening decades of the last century, Black Wall Street examines the strong middle class African-American community that built up in the divided city. Owning businesses and employing many whites in the segregated state, the Greenwood area of Tulsa was a haven for black professionals and raised capital for its own entrepreneurs and ventures. In May 1921, several white attackers burned the neighborhood in a two-day rampage that saw 300 die and the community devastated and largely forgotten for decades.
With gigs like these representing, we should see more of the black dynamic in the running for more award shows. Deadline reports that Black Wall Street could debut in 2018. By the way, WGN is still enjoying the huge success of the premiere season of Underground. They are scheduled to return in 2017.