“Godfather of Harlem is a collision of the criminal underworld and the civil rights movement during one of the most tumultuous times in American History.”

Epix’s new series Godfather of Harlem presented a special screening at none other than the Apollo Theater this Monday September 16. The show was written by Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstien and stars Forest Whitaker all of whom are the executive producers alongside Nina Yang Bongiovi, James Acheson, John Ridley, and Markuann Smith.

Godfather of Harlem takes place in the 1960’s and is based on a true story about the infamous Bumby Johnson. The series stars Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker as Bumpy Johnson, a crime boss with a good heart. We follow Bumpy’s life as he’s released from Alcatraz prison. After a decade of being away he returns home only to find the neighborhood he left is now in disarray at the peak of Harlem’s crack epidemic. He must regain control of Harlem by taking on the Italian mob who reigned during his time in jail. A few acclaimed actors join Whitaker including Mayme Johnson who plays his wife. Nigel Thatch plays radical preacher Malcom X, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy stars as Bumpy’s daughter, and Vincent D’Onofrio plays the head honcho of the Italian Mob.

The soundtrack, which embodies the spirit of New York Hip Hop, was executive produced by music wiz, Swizz Beatz. After the screening, Swizz performed some of the classic tunes he’s produced over his extensive career. DMX’s “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” and Swizz’s “Money in the Bank” were only a few of the hits. He bought out ASAP Ferg and Rick Ross who also raps on the show’s anthem “Just in Case” with Swizz and DMX.

So much of the story unraveled in the show’s pilot episode, it’s sure to keep us on the edge of our seats. We can’t wait to see how Epix personifies this iconic storyline. Catch the series premier of Godfather of Harlem on Epix Sunday, September 29.



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