WEEK IN WOMEN: dream hampton & Salima Koroma to helm Tulsa Race Massacre docs – Brandy McDonnell reports

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At least three high-profile documentary projects are planned about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, and two of them are slated to be directed by African American women.

Award-winning filmmaker and writer dream hampton (Surviving R. Kelly) will executive producer and director a new limited documentary series about the historic tragedy for Cineflix Productions, while Salima Koroma (Bad Rap) will direct and executive produce a Black Wall Street project for SpringHill Entertainment, the production company founded by LaBron James and Maverick Carter.

The Tulsa Race Massacre was one of the worst episodes of racial violence in U.S. history. Between May 31 and June 1, 1921, mobs of white residents attacked, set aflame and ultimately destroyed the Greenwood District, which was at that time one of the wealthiest black communities in the United States, earning it the name “Black Wall Street.”

It is now believed that more than 300 African Americans were killed, and thousands were displaced. The deadly tragedy was covered up for decades and omitted from history books even in Oklahoma. Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum has opened an investigation to locate the unknown sites of the mass graves and provide a level of closure and justice for a broken community.

As the event’s 2021 centennial approaches, multiple film and television projects are telling the story, which is still timely in the midst of national protests about racial injustice following the May 25 death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd while in police custody. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.