Godfather Of Harlem’s Markuann Talks Malcolm X Controversy, Junie Bird & Even Mary J. Blige

Chuck “Jigsaw” Creekmur and Markuann Smith talk about the ongoing saga in “Godfather of Harlem,” a hit show

that stars Forest Whitaker.

Godfather Of Harlem is back.

The hit show emerged as a dark horse in a marketplace that seemed overrun with rehashes and copycat

programming. “Godfather” chronicles the life and rapid rise of philanthropic crime boss Ellsworth

Raymond “Bumpy” Johnson. The show follows the boss as he hits the streets after a 10-year bid in prison, only to see

that the streets are without order. Furthermore, the Italian mob – specifically the Genovese crime family – has seized

the Harlem Streets. Unacceptable.

“Godfather Of Harlem” goes a step farther than past incarnations of Bumpy and that is where Markuann Smith is the

game-changer. Smith is an Executive Producer of the hit show and envisioned a 360-view of the purported gangster.

He also plays the central character of Junie Bird, who sees an increased role in season two. A visionary, he is

considered the “initiator” of the whole thing, which can be seen on the EPIX network. As entertainment, it is one of

the most addictive shows, but some have challenged the historical accuracy in “Godfather of Harlem,” which also

displays the interaction between Malcolm X (Nigel Thatch), Adam Clayton Powell Jr. (Giancarlo Esposito), and

Bumpy (Forest Whitaker). Markuann talks to Chuck “Jigsaw” Creekmur about the progression of the show, the

critics, the Covid complications, and even his issues with a recent doc on Mary. J. Blige.

Check out this exclusive interview with a rapidly rising star in TV


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