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Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Black Godfather (1974)


J.J. (Rod Perry) is a hustler with a conscience. A small-time numbers runner who dabbles in prostitution, J.J. wants nothing to do with the drug trade, which he holds responsible for the continuing slavery of the Black man. After a violent confrontation with mobster Tony Burton (Don Chastain) leaves a friend dead, J.J. becomes the ally of local numbers king Nate Williams (Jimmy Witherspoon), who teaches him how to dismantle Burton's drug operation brick by brick. But Burton has a secret weapon: Detective Jo Sterling (Duncan McLeod), a crooked cop who's got dirt on all the syndicates, is now Burton's lap dog.