‘The Black Godfather’

(Above: Clarence Avant. Source: YouTube video)

The 88-year-old mover-and-shaker Clarence Avant is the subject of a documentary, The Black Godfather, debuting this Friday, June 7, on Netflix.

The Black Godfather traces the rise of Avant as one of the most influential behind-the-scenes figures in the entertainment business.

Born in Greensboro, North Carolina, he moved to New Jersey as a teenager and got his start managing Teddy P’s Lounge in Newark in the 1950s. Over the course of his career, Avant overcame the headwinds of racism to secure deals, helping to pave the way for African American artists. High-profile entertainers, athletes and politicians have all turned to him for advice.

The documentary includes interviews with Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, Bill Withers, Snoop Dogg, P. Diddy, Lionel Richie, Suzanne de Passe, David Geffen, Jerry Moss, Cicely Tyson, and Jamie Foxx.

Reginald Hudlin directed.

For more, visit Netflix.com/theblackgodfather.

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