Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Forest Whitaker is Bumpy Johnson in the new EPIX original series, Godfather of Harlem. It premieres on September 29 and is directed by John Ridley.

Godfather of Harlem is inspired by the story of infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson, who in the early 1960s returned from ten years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy must take on the Genovese crime family to regain control. During the brutal battle, he forms an alliance with radical preacher Malcolm X (Nigel Thatch) – catching Malcolm’s political rise in the crosshairs of social upheaval and a mob war that threatens to tear the city apart. 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.

The series also stars Vincent D’Onofrio, Giancarlo Esposito, Paul Sorvino, Clifton Davis and Ilfenesh Hadera

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