Now streaming: Netflix doc 'The Black Godfather' tells story of Clarence Avant, behind-the-scenes power player in Hollywood, politics
Entertainment, sports, political figures turn out for premiere of film produced by Nicole Avant, directed by Reginald Hudlin
Le tout Hollywood turned out to honor a figure little known outside the entertainment industry, who is as respected and influential as he is elusive.
Clarence Avant, 88, the subject of the new Netflix documentary The Black Godfather, has impacted the careers of leaders in music, Hollywood, sports and politics, even if his preferred role is a shadowy one. Chadwick Boseman, Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah, Norman Lear, Laura Dern, Henry Aaron, Dave Winfield, Ambassador Andrew Young and Cedric the Entertainer were among the A-listers on hand for the world premiere on the Paramount Studios lot in Hollywood.
Clarence's daughter Nicole Avant, wife of Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos and former US Ambassador to the Bahamas, produced the film about her father. Reginald Hudlin (House Party, Marshall) directed. Nonfictionfilm.com covered the arrivals. Here is our report:
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