Legendary music industry executive Clarence Avant is the focus of the upcoming Netflix documentary The Black Godfather, which hits the streaming platform and select theaters on June 7.
On Thursday (May 23), Netflix released the trailer for the documentary, produced by Avant’s daughter Nicole Avant and directed by Reggie Hudlin. The snippet features Avant himself, plus countless artists, industry workers and more who have been affected by the legend, including interviews with Snoop Dogg, Lionel Richie, Bill Clinton, Suzanne de Passe, Bill Withers and more.
“There’s the power that needs the spotlight, but there’s also the power behind the scenes,” Barack Obama says in the trailer.
“He became that mentor for us all, he became that godfather,” P. Diddy mirrored, referring to Avant’s longtime nickname, the “Godfather of Black Music.” Throughout his career, the exec defied widespread racism of the 1960s and became a powerhouse negotiator, artist manager, label executive, radio broadcaster, music publisher and social activist.
Watch the trailer below.