John Legend is no stranger to television; he is a producer on the hit WGN America series Underground, has competed on Dancing with the Stars and had one of the more hilarious moments on Lip Sync Battle.
With the success of Underground, WGN has given John the green light to develop another series on the network: Black Wall Street. A series based on the city of Greenwood, Tulsa, the suburb was once known as one of the most successful and wealthiest Black communities in the United States during the early 20th century, until the hideous Tulsa race riot resulted in hundreds of men and women being massacred at the hands of racist Whites and the town destroyed.
Produced by John’s production outfit, Get Lifted Film Co., actress Tika Sumpter will also serve as an executive producer for the show.
“We’re so excited to continue to grow our relationship with WGN America,” Get Lifted’s Mike Jackson told Deadline. “Our experience working with them on Underground has been fantastic. Additionally, we’re looking forward to working with our friend Tika Sumpter to help tell this incredible story that many people know nothing about.”
The show could arrive in 2018 if picked up.
John will follow in Common’s footsteps, who recently signed on to produce the upcoming FOX sit-com ’93 Til Infinity.