Run the Jewels rapper Killer Mike has teamed with Bounce TV founder Ryan Glover to launch an online banking service, Greenwood, that aims to make it easier for consumers to support Black-owned banks and businesses. The majority Black and Latinx-owned and operated business announced on Friday in collaboration with former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young is named after the Greenwood neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which was known as “Black Wall Street” in the early 1900s; the area was famously burned down by a white mob in 1921 in what became known as the Black Wall Street Massacre.
“Today, a dollar circulates for 20 days in the white community but only six hours in the Black community,” Mike said in a press release announcing the bank, which will officially launch in January. “Moreover, a Black person is twice as likely as a white person to be denied a mortgage. This lack of fairness in the financial system is why we created Greenwood.”