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EPIX Orders ‘By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem’

Docuseries Inspired by the Music and Subject Featured in Drama 'Godfather of Harlem'

EPIX has greenlit docuseries “By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem,” which is inspired by the music and subjects featured in its original series “Godfather of Harlem.” This four-part documentary series brings alive the dramatic true story of Harlem and its music during the 1960’s, and connects that history to our present moment.  

The logline: Combining interviews, archival footage, evocative imagery and key moments from the “Godfather of Harlem” series, this series will take audiences on a musical journey that brings to life the excitement of 1960’s Harlem, and introduces the artists who dared to use their voices, instruments and lyrics to take a stand against oppression.  Through the prism of contemporary artists, audiences will see beyond the black and white historical images into the multicolored souls of musicians unafraid to use music as a weapon against change.
Premiering in Fall 2020, “By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem” is executive produced by Nina Yang Bongiovi and Forest Whitaker from Significant Productions, along with Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean and Keith McQuirter (Decoder Media). Season two of “Godfather of Harlem” will commence production in the near future.