Godfather of Harlem (2019) is a television prequel to the events of American Gangster (2007). The series follows a fictionalized version of Harlem racketeer Bumpy Johnson (Forrest Whitaker) as he returns from an 11 year stint in Alcatraz as the result of a heroin deal gone bad. He refused to inform and served his full sentence. Mayme Hatcher (Ilfenesh Hadera) is Whitaker’s wife, a conflicted character who hates junkies and dope (including Johnson’s daughter) while living a luxurious lifestyle as a consequence of her husband’s activities selling it. The series puts Johnson and Hatcher in contact, contradiction, and unity with . . .