Considering the Tulsa Riot of 1921 from a Black Writer’s Perspective

It was recently revealed in an Ebony story that John Legend and his company Lifted Film, along with actress Tika Sumpter, plan to do a mini-series on the Tulsa Riot of 1921. In the article, the writer mentions, as a reference, a piece I did for Ebony On-Line on February 24, 2014, titled “Black Wall …

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Considering the Tulsa Riot of 1921 from a Black Writer’s Perspective

Seven years ago I began my research into the Tulsa Riot of 1921. The result of that study was the release of Fires of Greenwood, a novel that chronicles the barbarous attack on a prosperous Black community, leading to the brutal killings of over three hundred men, women and children, and the destruction of thirty …

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Make Some Noise for the Color Black

This may sound like a very unusual request, but I am going to ask everyone to make some noise if you agree with me that the color black has been denigrated and abused far too long. The noise is to signal all those who have accepted the definition “Black is wicked, black is ugly, and …

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Why I Wrote the Novel, “Fires of Greenwood”

Did you know that on the morning of June 1, 1921, over 7500 White Tulsans crossed over the Frisco railroad tracks into the African American section of the city and slaughtered over 300 men, women, and children? Did you know that kerosene soaked explosives were dropped from low flying airplanes onto the African American community …

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