LeBron James to Produce Documentary on Black Wall Street
June 4, 2020 by Screenmag
LeBron James and his entertainment company, SpringHill Entertainment, have confirmed they are working on a documentary depicting the "Tulsa Race Massacre" of 1921. Monday, June 1 marked the 99th year anniversary that a white mob rushed an affluent black community, known as the "Black Wall Street," in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Roughly 1,200 homes were burned, 35 blocks burned, and an estimated 300 black people were killed.
The news of the documentary comes amidst worldwide protests and demonstrations condemning the death of George Floyd, a black Minnesota man who died in police custody, as well as other racial injustices.
James created SpringHill Entertainment with business partner and long-time friend Maverick Carter. The production company is behind the James documentary, "More than a Game," and Netflix's "Top Boy" among several other film and television projects.
The documentary will be directed by Salima Koroma, whose documentary BAD RAP premiered at TriBeCa Film Festival in April 2016 and went on to win the Audience Award at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. The doc explores why Asian American rappers haven’t yet made it into the mainstream. As for her upcoming feature with LeBron, Koroma said in a tweet, "The Tulsa Race Massacre is not just a black story but American history. The fabric of this country is soaked in racism and today 99 years later, we’re still fighting for change. That’s why I’m partnering with Spring Hill to tell the story of Black Wall Street."
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