Frank Lucas, aka ‘Godfather of Harlem,’ has died

Frank Lucas, aka 'Godfather of Harlem,' has died

Perhaps one of the most infamous Black drug lords in U.S. history has died, according to his family. Frank Lucas, 88, was known as the “Godfather of Harlem” and the subject of the 2007 hit movie American Gangster, starring Denzel Washington, died on Thursday, May 30, 2019, according to his nephew, Aldwan Lassiter. Lucas came […]

Forest Whitaker portrays gangster Bumpy Johnson in ‘Godfather of Harlem’

Forest Whitaker portrays gangster Bumpy Johnson in 'Godfather of Harlem'

During times of oppression in the Black community, there have arisen both men and women who can best be described as an “anti-heroes.” Among the most notorious, was legendary Black gangster Ellsworth Raymond Johnson, known on the streets of Harlem as Bumpy Johnson, the “Godfather of Harlem.” Now, Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker will play Johnson in […]

Frank Lucas: Lessons learned from the real ‘American Gangster’

Frank Lucas: Lessons learned from the real 'American Gangster'

At one time, Frank Lucas was the most feared man in Harlem, New York. He was the “kingpin” who controlled the majority of the heroin trade in the city. His story was made famous by the 2007 film American Gangster that showed his rise to power and extravagant lifestyle. It also showed his ruthlessness and […]

Hollywood’s 7 sexiest black crime bosses

In theaters March 8, Dead Man Down starring Terrence Howard, Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, and Dominic Cooper is a crime thriller about a crime lord’s right-hand man, who is seduced by one of his boss’s victims, a woman seeking retribution. Academy Award nominee Howard plays Alphonse Hoyt, a charming but brutal crime boss who is […]

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