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Russell Westbrook to executive produce docuseries on Tulsa Race Massacre

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Posted at 7:12 PM, Jun 09, 2020
and last updated 2021-03-19 20:58:54-04

TULSA, Okla. — NBA superstar Russell Westbrook is executive producing a docuseries on the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, according to entertainment news site Variety.

Westbrook is partnering with entertainment company Blackfin to produce the series titled, “Terror In Tulsa: The Rise And Fall of Black Wall Street.”

Documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson is set to direct the series, which will combine both past and present-day narratives to investigate the tragic event and its continuing impact, according to Variety.

Local organizations will be involved in the film, including the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum, The John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation, the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission, and the Historic Vernon AME Church.

The Houston Rockets guard said he learned about the Black Wall Street tragedy during his time with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Spending 11 years in Oklahoma opened my eyes to the rich and sordid history of the state. When I learned about the heartbreaking events that happened in Tulsa nearly 100 years ago, I knew this was a story I wanted to tell. It’s upsetting that the atrocities that transpired then, are still so relevant today. It’s important we uncover the buried stories of African Americans in this country. We must amplify them now more than ever if we want to create change moving forward.

In the wake of the 99th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre and nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd who died in Minneapolis police custody, fellow NBA superstar LeBron James' is also set to produce a documentary on Black Wall Street through his production company SpringHill Entertainment.

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