Netflix will pay homage the contributions of entertainment and political mentor Clarence Avant in a new documentary, The Black Godfather. Known as the “original influencer,” Avant was born into the Jim Crow South and fought to combat racism.
Led by Academy Award-nominated director Reginald Hudlin, The Black Godfather features interviews from Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, Bill Withers, Snoop Dogg, Quincy Jones, Diddy, Cicely Tyson, Jamie Foxx and a slew of others.
The documentary’s synopsis reads: “Driven by a sense of equality, loyalty, and justice, Avant left the Jim Crow south behind to emerge as a powerhouse negotiator at a time when deep-seated racism penetrated every corner of America. Avant defied notions of what a black executive could do, redefining the industry for entertainers and executives of color and leaving a legacy of altruism for others to emulate.”
The Black Godfather will be available on Netflix and in select theaters on June 7. Check out the trailer below.