Russell Westbrook to Produce Basketball-Themed Film on LA's Crenshaw Neighborhood

Adam WellsJune 11, 2021

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Washington Wizards star Russell Westbrook continues to use his platform to shine a light on stories of the underserved and their communities across the United States. 

Westbrook is going to produce a short film titled Why Not that focuses on the culture of Los Angeles' Crenshaw neighborhood:

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Russ is producing a basketball-themed short film called “Why Not” focusing on the culture of L.A.’s Crenshaw neighborhood 💯<br><br>Westbrook will also be partnering with Jordan Brand to produce the film @brkicks pic.twitter.com/ImJwUqXUCA

Westbrook was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. Crenshaw is a residential neighborhood located in South L.A.

This marks the second high-profile film project that Westbrook has been associated with this year.

The nine-time All-Star was an executive producer on the History Channel documentary Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre that aired on May 30 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of a white mob attack on Black Wall Street. An estimated 300 people died as houses, businesses and churches in the area were robbed and burned. 

A premiere date for Why Not has yet to be announced. 

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