Karen Gabay (TV producer, award-winning film maker, exhibition curator and radio presenter) and Lissi Simpson (development assistant, script writer and director) return to Flixwatcher remotely to review Karen’s choice The Black Godfather.
The Black Godfather is a 2019 documentary about Clarence Avant, known as “the godfather of black music”, directed Reginald Hudlin and distributed by Netflix.
Clarence is a man who knows everyone and yet no one outside of the industry knows him. He helped launch the career of Bill Withers, promoted Michael Jackson’s Bad tour and gave Sean (Puff Daddy) Combs a safe passage out of LA the weekend Biggie Smalls was killed.
It has no shortage of celebrities chipping in on their memories of Clarence with Bill Clinton,Bill Withers, Jam and Lewis, Quincy Jones, Barack Obama, David Geffen, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Snoop Dogg, Kamala Harris, Jamie Foxx, Jim Brown and Lionel Richie all appearing. Heavy on guest appearances but light on digging deeper into the man himself despite the close to two hours run time.
With high scores across all categories, especially in recommendability The Black Godfather scores a very impressive 4.29 overall.
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