Listen to Looch: why you've gotta know Clarence Avant


Mary Lucia talks about 'The Black Godfather,' a Netflix documentary about music executive Clarence Avant. (Luke Taylor; Joseph Gallup | MPR)

When I first heard of this documentary, everybody said, "Who is Clarence Avant?" Even if you just watch the trailer for The Black Godfather, you'll get a really good gist of who this man was, all that he accomplished.

He sort of stumbled into management in the music industry, but Avant has owned record labels, influenced television and movies, was instrumental in the Civil Rights movement, and includes ex-Presidents among his friends. Not to mention Quincy Jones, and you know Quincy Jones doesn't hang around with slackers.

The Black Godfather is directed by Reginald Hudlin and it's available for streaming on Netflix.

Official Trailer

External Link

The Black Godfather - official Netflix site

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  • The Black Godfather: Clarence Avant documentary press
    Quincy Jones and Clarence Avant. (courtesy Netflix)
  • The Black Godfather: Clarence Avant documentary press
    Clarence Avant in the Netflix documentary, 'The Black Godfather.' (courtesy Netflix)
  • Bill Withers in Hollywood, 2016.
    Bill Withers in 2016, at a ceremony honoring music executive Clarence Avant with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)