NBA superstar LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers will be the executive producer of a movie about the 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma, race riots being distributed in partnership with CNN.
The film is called “Dreamland: The Rise and Fall of Black Wall Street,” according to a CNN news release.
The project is a venture of the SpringHill Co., which is partly owned by James.
“At SpringHill, we embody empowerment and focus on shining a light on stories that are the fabric of American history,” Jamal Henderson, the SpringHill Company’s chief content officer, said in a statement.
“We cannot move forward until we acknowledge our past and this is about honoring a prosperous, booming black community, one of many, that was brought to an end because of hate. With the lack of historic journalism around ‘Black Wall Street’ and the Tulsa Massacre of 1921, we are honored to be partnered with CNN, which has a long-standing record of credible and groundbreaking journalism,” he said.
“We are bringing this documentary together with a diverse crew, including local Tulsans, and making it our mission to uplift voices and people while creating impactful content,” Henderson said.
“Black Wall Street” was a term used for the Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, which in 1921 boasted an extensive black middle class.
The Tulsa riots began with a black man being accused of inappropriate behavior by a white woman and led to days of destruction and confrontation, with 39 people killed.
The perspective of the film was teased on Twitter earlier this year by director Salima Koroma.
“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,” Koroma tweeted.
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 @SpringHillEnt to tell the story of Black Wall Street ✊🏿
— salima the creator (@limacake) June 1, 2020
“CNN Films could not be more proud to partner with The SpringHill Company for this long-overdue recognition of the tragedy of what happened in Greenwood, and to contribute to the reconciliation that comes with the acknowledgement of history,” Amy Entelis, executive vice president for talent and content development for CNN Worldwide, said in the news release.
CNN said the film will include “footage of the near-century search for physical evidence of the mass murder that some had tried to erase from the historic record.”
The partnership of the liberal news network and the politically oriented NBA star drew extensive comment on Twitter.
Leave it to celebrities to think that their words hold water. You guys are being paid to entertain us and not because you are political or scientific experts. I remember in 2016, when Lebron campaigned so hard for Hilary in Ohio. The people clearly showed that it meant nothing.
— Da Matrix (@Don_Franconelli) October 24, 2020
Yes, Lebron, you have suffered a lot. Poor Lebron. The system with you has been so racist that that’s why your fortune is measured in hundreds of millions of dollars. Trump has been very racist with you and your race. Yes. That is why black athletes are the richest in America.
— Felipe RB (@farb007) October 24, 2020
Two that work at manipulating the truth in charge of a documentary.
Like Michael Moore.
And, the suckers will fall for it.
LeBron is as racist as the day is long.
LeBron James Partners with CNN to Create Documentary on 1921 Tulsa Massacre https://t.co/Hh4LZT2Umo
— Pam Smith (@lynxlaughing) October 27, 2020
The film will be completed next year, according to the news release.
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