Godfather of Harlem

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A gangster named Bumpy Johnson makes his way in Harlem during the 1960s. A TV prequel to the 2007 film, ‘American Gangster’, which centered on the criminal enterprise of Frank Lucas.



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Top Cast

  • Forest Whitaker
  • Vincent D’Onofrio
  • Lucy Fry
  • Erik LaRay Harvey

Why It’s Good

Forest Whitaker plays the real-life Bumpy Johnson, the drug dealer that ruled Harlem in the mid 50s. He maintains a relationship with Malcom X as he rises to prominence. The cast is good, the storytelling is great, and it’s based on actual events.

— The Telly Report


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