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LeBron James & Russell Westbrook Are Working On Separate Black Wall Street Documentaries + Trump Will 'Celebrate' Juneteenth In Tulsa, With A Rally

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LeBron James and Russell Westbrook are working on documentaries to tell the story about Black Wall Street. And it’s much needed. Deets on their separate projects, plus more on Trump’s return to the campaign trail in Tulsa (of all places) on Juneteenth inside…

LeBron James and Russell Westbrook are working on two separate projects to tell “the story of the single worst incident of racial violence in American history.” And it def needs to be told to the masses.

June 1st marked the 99th anniversary of the “Tulsa Race Massacre,” which was arguably the worst act of racial violence in the United States. Back in 1921, a white group invaded “Black Wall Street,” the wealthiest black community in the U.S., and ultimately destroyed the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Hundreds of Black people were murdered and their businesses were burned down the ground. The Tusla race massacre became a hot topic again when HBO highlighted the horrific event in the opening scene of “The Watchmen."

Now, LeBron James and his business partner Maverick Carter will share the important moment in history in an upcoming documentary via their SpringHill Entertainment production company. “Bad Rap” producer Salima Koroma will be directing and executing producing.

Salima took to Twitter to remind everyone that Black Wall Street isn’t just black history, it’s American history. And here we are almost 100 later, STILL fighting racism.

”We are still here fighting for the same things,” Maverick Carter wrote on Instagram, referencing the ongoing George Floyd protests. “Thank you (Salima Koroma) for partnering with us on telling this American story which remains to be an American problem Not just a black problem.”

Deadline shared some details about how the massacre came about:

On May 30, 1921, Memorial Day, Dick Rowland, a 19-year-old black man working as a shoeshiner, rode the only elevator of a nearby building to use the top-floor restroom, designated for black people. The only other person in the elevator was Sarah Page, a 17-year-old white girl who was the elevator operator on duty. What happened inside the elevator was never officially established — one of the most circulated versions involves Rowland tripping and instinctively grabbing Page’s arm, prompting her to scream — and Page did not press charges, but the low-key accident ignited the simmering racial tension in the city.

On June 1, 1921, white rioters descended on Greenwood, looting and burning black houses and businesses. Martial law was declared and the National Guard was brought in. When it was all over, 35 city blocks had been burned down, over 800 people were treated for injuries. At the time, 36 deaths were reported, most of them African American. Historians now believe as many as 300 people may have been killed, according to .the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum.

King James isn't the only NBA baller planning to tell the Black Wall Street story...

 

NBA star Russell Westbrook is reportedly producing a documentary series about the 1921 Tulsa race massacre. Russell - who spent 11 years with the Oklahoma City Thunder before he was traded to the Houston Rockets in 2019 - will be the executive producer for an upcoming series titled "Terror In Tulsa: The Rise And Fall Of Black Wall Street." He's joining forces with documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson and the production company Blackfin.

 

"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," Russell wrote in a tweet that was accompanied with a picture of himself protesting with Black Lives Matter. "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."

We'll keep you posted on when these projects are set to drop.

 

 

In other news, Trump decided he will make his return to the campaign trail since Coronavirus, hosting his first rally in months on June 19th in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Of all places. He's "celebrating" Juneteenth in Tusla in the wake of ongoing protests and unrest following the death of George Floyd. 

 

Tulsa was the site of one of the most vicious acts of racial violence in American history and Trump is celebrating Juneteenth there this month. This, after he's already called for his base to "rise up" against protestors.  So we can expect some possible clashes in Tulsa this month.

His coded language and coded actions were indeed made to threated the black community and anyone who dared to protest against his bigotry and police injustice.  We're not even surprised. 

 

Photos: Getty/Tulsa Historical Society

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