Tonight marks the first episode of “By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times Of Godfather Of Harlem”. Inspired by the music and subjects featured in the EPIX original series, “Godfather of Harlem“, this documentary series brings alive the dramatic true story of Harlem and its music during the 1960’s. Connecting that history to our present moment.
Featuring interviews with the stars of Godfather of Harlem, including Academy Award®-winner Forest Whitaker, Giancarlo Esposito and Ilfenesh Hadera. As well as musicians Gladys Knight, Martha Reeves, Herbie Hancock, Nile Rogers, A$AP Ferg, CHIKA, Carlos Alomar, Robin Clark
and Joe Bataan.
The series spotlights artists and activists who dared to use their voices, instruments and lyrics to take a stand against oppression. Other notables in the series include activists Reverend Al Sharpton, Felipe Luciano, Denise Oliver-Velez, and Miguel Mickey Melendez; former U.S. Representative Charles Rangel; photographer Adger W. Cowans and historical eyewitnesses Billy Mitchell, Courtland Cox, Jamal Joseph and Professor James Small. Through archival footage and evocative imagery, 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.
By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem is directed by Keith McQuirter and executive produced by Nina Yang Bongiovi and Forest Whitaker from Significant Productions, Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean and Keith McQuirter, of Decoder Media.