Russell Westbrook to Develop New Documentary About the ‘Black Five Era’ in Black Basketball History


Russell Westbrook and his media company Zero World Media is gearing up to shine a light on the first ever Black Basketball Players and their life before the NBA.

According to Deadline, the NBA star is working along side Ben Silverman, Howard T Owens’ Propagate Content and The Black Five Foundation. The documentary will touch on the Black Five Era in 1904, back when black school children where first introduced to basketball.

“I’m excited to work with Propagate and The Black Fives Foundation on this project,” Westbrook said. “This subject is obviously very personal to me for a number of reasons. These teams helped break racial and societal barriers and paved the way for the game and the NBA as a whole. These stories deserve to be told and I’m proud of Zero World Media’s involvement.”

The documentary will be executive produced by Marco Williams (Tusla Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre), and co-produced by The Black Five Foundation’s Claude Johnson.

Although there hasn’t been a release date announced, it’s safe to say The Black Five lead the foundation for the modern game of basketball and we are excited to hear their story.