In the early 1960s, infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson returns from 10 years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles; with the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy must take on the Genovese crime family to regain control.
The series is particularly interesting it highlights the events that led to the rise of Frank Lucas that was showcased in the 2007 film "American Gangster". In addition, it shows the various turmoils that afflicted Harlem, which was known as the Mecca for Black empowerment. This small Manhattan neighborhood played a major role in the struggle between crime elements in the city and the fight for justice during the civil rights movement.
This parallel injunctions makes for great storytelling and this series is ambitiously doing so. Forest Whitaker is the obvious choice for playing this complex character. In addition, other historical figures like Malcolm X and Cassius Clay will be apart of the story throughout the series. The cast is very diverse and provide true representation of all cultures involved in the story.
With a market completely saturated with modern storytelling, having a show that presents a story with complex characters in African American history is a welcome change and could be a ratings draw. It is the same crime drama concept like "Boardwalk Empire", however the central figures are of African descent. For that reason I am adding it The Watchlist.