1. “Tulsa Burning: The Racial Massacre of 1921”
Date of the premiere: 7 p.m. May 30.
Where: The history channel.
Executive Produced by NBA All Star Russell Westbrook, this highly anticipated documentary directs Peabody and Emmy Award winner Stanley Nelson, best known for Freedom Riders and Peabody winner Marco Williams (Two Towns of Jasper).
As the Oklahoman reports, the film will document the birth of Black Wall Street to its catastrophic destruction over two bloody days in 1921 to the aftermath and rebuilding. It will also follow Tulsa’s current excavation work at Oaklawn Cemetery, where unmarked coffins were recovered from victims who were killed and buried during the massacre. Rare archive footage and images from 100 years ago are paired with commentary and interviews with sources from the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum, the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation, the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission, and Vernon AME Church.
2. “Dreamland: The Burning of Black Wall Street”
Date of the premiere: 8 p.m. May 31
LeBron James and his business partner Maverick Carter are producing “Dreamland” under their high-profile SpringHill Entertainment banner in collaboration with news giant CNN Films.
“Dreamland” is directed and produced by Salima Koroma, who made the 2016 documentary “Bad Rap” about Asian-American rappers, including Awkwafina, Courtney Küster from CNN Films. Jamila Jordan-Theus and Patrick Altema of The SpringHill Company are co-executive producers. Koroma said she would like the portrayal of Black Wall Street in her documentary to evoke the same sense of wonder she felt when watching the fictional Wakanda in the Marvel movie “Black Panther.” “When people hear about Black Wall Street, they think of the destruction, the loss, the sadness, the death. And I think when we tell stories about black people in America we tend to go towards them. When I think of Black Wall Street, I think of the wonder, the beauty, the ambition, the color, ”she said. “Much has been burned … how do we bring this place to life?”
3. “Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer”
Date of the premiere: 8 p.m. June 18.
When: National Geographic.
National Geographic Documentary Films, another large network known for documentary programming, partnered with prolific documentary filmmaker Dawn Porter, who released Good Trouble: John Lewis and The Way I See It just last year – and together with Trailblazer Studios a documentary film that shines a century of intense racial conflict in a new light.
After its Nat Geo premiere on June 18, “Rise Again” (originally called “Red Summer”) will be available on Hulu that same day. The publication came on Juneteenth, the next day on June 19, when the last black slaves in Texas received news of their emancipation.
4. “Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten”
Date of the premiere: 8 p.m. May 31.
Where: PBS (OETA in Oklahoma), pbs.org and the PBS video app.
Directed by Jonathan Silvers and narrated by Emmy Award-winning journalist Michel Martin Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten, focuses on current public initiatives to commemorate the horrific racial massacre and other racist violence across the country – and how both blacks and even white communities see such efforts.
5. ‘Tulsa Race Massacre: 100 Years Later’
Premiere date 7 p.m. May 31, with an encore at 10 p.m.
Oklahoma Educational Television Authority is an hour-long documentary that “combines historical accounts of the massacre and the art of local creatives to paint a complete picture of the Greenwood District – past to present and aspirations for a bright future.” It also addresses how Greenwood continues to suffer from politically motivated redlining policies and the construction of a freeway.