By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem, is a four-part documentary series that takes audiences on a musical journey that brings to life the excitement of 1960’s Harlem by introducing the artists who dared to use their voices, instruments and lyrics to take a stand against oppression. Inspired by the EPIX TV series Godfather of Harlem, the story follows a community unafraid to use music as a weapon for change against injustices during the years 1960 to 1969. With the civil rights struggle, street protest, and rising calls for Black power, the decade was a period of unprecedented musical innovation. It was a time when Black music – including soul, R&B, jazz, gospel, and Latin – reached new heights, reflecting and propelling the era’s seismic changes, sending a message heard around the world, and impacting generations to come. Executive produced by Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker, Keith McQuirter and Swizz Beatz.
Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing in Documentary.