Civil Rights Collide With The Mob In ‘Godfather Of Harlem’ Upcoming Epix Series

Isheka N. Harrison
Written by Isheka N. Harrison
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There’s a new crime series coming to town in which civil rights and the mob will collide. Epix will debut “Godfather of Harlem” on Sept. 29 at 10 p.m. It will star Forest Whitaker as crime boss Bumpy Johnson, Nigel Thatch as Malcolm X, Vincent D’Onofrio as Vincent ‘Chin’ Gigante, Giancarlo Esposito as Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Markuann Smith as Junie Byrd and Ilfenesh Hadera as Mayme Johnson, according to a press release.

The series is set in the 1960s and centered around Johnson’s return from a 10 -year stint in prison to find his neighborhood in shambles and being controlled by the Italian mafia. He teams up with Malcolm X to take his community back. The first season features 10, hour-long episodes.

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Though the series is based on real-life characters, the story is heavily dramatized. Executive producer Chris Brancato said they worked to stay true to the spirit of the historical people, reported TV Insider.

“Wherever we could we sought to put their actual attitudes and specific words in their mouths,” Brancato said. “The entire goal was to endeavor to keep the spirit of the times and of the characters as we saw them.”

Below is a trailer for the series.