Breitbart reported that The New York Times’ “1619 Project” is getting backed by Oprah Winfrey and is now set to fuel several Hollywood projects.
NYT journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones has been open about looking for opportunities to further her project that uses a collection of documents to establish 1619, the year that slaves from Africa were brought to the colonies, as the new year that America was founded in place of 1776.
Lionsgate and Oprah will reportedly help present the stories she collected through movies, television and documentaries.
It’s been almost a year since we published the #1619Project, the most important work of my life, and I am so excited to announce that we will be partnering with @Lionsgate and the one and only @Oprah to bring this work on slavery’s legacy to tv and film! https://t.co/nAk49WHQsO
— Ida Bae Wells (@nhannahjones) July 8, 2020
Nikole Jannah-Jones has reportedly felt “morally obligated” to find a production company and financiers that believe in the message of the “1619 Project” and have a desire to bring the stories that she collected about slavery to life for a wider audience.
When the #1619Project came out almost a year ago, I stood in tearful applause for the profound offering that it was giving our culture and nation. Today, I am honored to be a part of @nhannahjones’ vision to bring her transformative work to a global audience. Stay tuned, y’all! https://t.co/zcmVlLeSKV
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) July 8, 2020
Breitbart reported on some of the controversaries that have followed the “1619 Project” after it was published in 2019.
The series sparked almost instant controversy by claiming that the Revolutionary War was fought to preserve slavery. Several prominent historians, including one who consulted on the series, have disputed the claim and called out Nikole Hannah-Jones’ central essay for factual inaccuracies.
The Times mostly ignored the objections and Hannah-Jones won a Pulitzer Prize. Hannah-Jones made headlines last month after she said it’d be an “honor” if violent and deadly riots in the wake of George Floyd’s death were remembered as the “1619 Riots.”
Nikole Hannah-Jones will serve as the creative leader and producer on the new effort, working with Lionsgate and Winfrey.
The Times is pushing aggressively into Hollywood with scripted and documentary series as a way of promoting their journalism. The Weekly on FX and Hulu is a news and cultural docuseries based on the newspaper’s podcast “The Daily.”