The True Story Behind the 'Godfather of Harlem' Bumpy Johnson

October 13, 2019

Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker becomes gangster Bumpy Johnson in the new Epix series "Godfather of Harlem." The show picks up in 1963 after Johnson was released from serving time in Alcatraz. Johnson was a polarizing figure. On one hand, he pumped drugs through Harlem. On the other, he rubbed elbows with civil rights icons like Malcolm X and gave money to those in need.'s Stephanie Officer speaks to Whitaker and the show's other stars about who Bumpy Johnson truly was.

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