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Congratulations Keith McQuirter for winning the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing in Documentary for "By Whate...
03/23/2021

Congratulations Keith McQuirter for winning the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing in Documentary for "By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem"!!!

NAACP Image Awards
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03/02/2021

FOX 5 NY's report on "By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem" that aired during Black History month and featured director Keith McQuirter. Check it out!

Our docuseries "By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem" got nominated today for the NAACP Image A...
02/02/2021
Viola Davis, Tyler Perry and Regina King Up for Entertainer of the Year at 2021 NAACP Image Awards

Our docuseries "By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem" got nominated today for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing in Documentary (Film and TV). Congrats to director Keith McQuirter and the entire Decoder Media and Significant Productions Teams!
https://variety.com/2021/tv/awards/2021-naacp-image-awards-nominations-1234898205/?fbclid=IwAR2TS5pfSrNoTeTSvrWExprU619mzOyy0h9yr99ch9FvojXf732RTh5XBCE

D-Nice, Viola Davis, Regina King, Trevor Noah and Tyler Perry are nominated for entertainer of the year at the 2021 NAACP Image Awards. The nominations were virtually announced Tuesday on the NAACP…

Director and executive producer of the EPIX documentary series "By Whatever Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem"...
12/12/2020
‎Brown & Black: Director Keith McQuirter On Achieving Brown & Black Unity Through Music on Apple Podcasts

Director and executive producer of the EPIX documentary series "By Whatever Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem", Keith McQuirter, is guest on the podcast "Brown & Black" about race and pop culture. McQuirter talks with hosts Jack Rico and Mike Sargent about the new series.
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/director-keith-mcquirter-on-achieving-brown-black-unity/id1499382805?i=1000502160097

‎Show Brown & Black, Ep Director Keith McQuirter On Achieving Brown & Black Unity Through Music - Dec 12, 2020

Legendary jazz percussionist Warren Smith in a recording studio in the 1960's.
12/07/2020

Legendary jazz percussionist Warren Smith in a recording studio in the 1960's.

One of the fathers of Hip Hop, original members of the Young Lords and member of the Last Poets, Felipe Luciano on set i...
12/07/2020

One of the fathers of Hip Hop, original members of the Young Lords and member of the Last Poets, Felipe Luciano on set in New York.

Hip Hop artist CHIKA on set in Los Angeles.
12/05/2020

Hip Hop artist CHIKA on set in Los Angeles.

Photos from Decoder Media's post
12/05/2020

Photos from Decoder Media's post

[Review: "By Whatever Means Necessary", Episode 2] "The episode digs deeper into music being an integral part of the 60s...
12/01/2020
'By Whatever Means Necessary: Godfather of Harlem' Episode 2: Musical and religious revolution made waves in 60s

[Review: "By Whatever Means Necessary", Episode 2] "The episode digs deeper into music being an integral part of the 60s Harlem. Not just was it an outlet for people to unwind after a difficult day but also express their pain."

https://meaww.com/by-whatever-means-necessary-godfather-of-harlem-episode-2-music-religion-politics-harlem-60-s-epix

The episode digs deeper into music being an integral part of the 60s Harlem. Not just was it an outlet for people to unwind after a difficult day but also express their pain

[Review, Episode 3: By Whatever Means Necessary] 'Crossroads' perhaps has been the episode with the catchiest tracks of ...
11/27/2020
'By Whatever Means Necessary: The Godfather of Harlem' Episode 3: The Boogaloo and the call for racial justice

[Review, Episode 3: By Whatever Means Necessary] 'Crossroads' perhaps has been the episode with the catchiest tracks of the '60s. The episode focuses on migrants, the musical fusion and the common factor between the two: Racial Justice.

It's almost as if Godfather of Harlem is prepping the audience to better understand the show. With this it is clear, the show is more than just a gangster drama. There's rich history involved and it's time the world knows the story.

https://meaww.com/by-whatever-means-necessary-the-godfather-of-harlem-episode-3-boogaloo-racial-justice-nina-simone #EPIX #GodfatherofHarlem #Harlem #boogaloo #Music #Jazz

Nina Simone's 'Mississipi Goddamn' was one of those hits that were looked at as the 'first civil rights song'

11/25/2020
Episode 4: By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem

Sneak Peek! -- Keith McQuirter directed the docuseries "By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem" and it was produced by Decoder Media. In this clip Kwame Brathwaite, a photographer and founder of the African Jazz-Art Society and Studios (AJASS) – a collective of artists, musicians, and designers – popuarize the slogan "Black is Beatiful" in the late 1960's.

The members of AJASS knew that in order to have a true revolution of society, art, and ideas there needed to be a mental revolution as well. They encouraged Black people to reject internalized Eurocentric standards of beauty and reclaim pride in their African origins. AJASS organized events like “Naturally 68” – a fashion show and festival that promoted natural hairstyles and African-inspired clothing designs, and started a Harlem-based agency for Black models, Grandassa. Follow Decoder Media for updates or Tune in Sunday on Epix!

Filmmaker Keith McQuirter & vocalist Robin Clark in an interview on PBS's MetroFocus takes us on a meaningful musical to...
11/20/2020
THE TIMES OF GODFATHER HARLEM - MetroFocus

Filmmaker Keith McQuirter & vocalist Robin Clark in an interview on PBS's MetroFocus takes us on a meaningful musical tour of Harlem through the documentary series "By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem" now streaming on EPIX.

https://www.thirteen.org/metrofocus/2020/11/times-godfather-harlem-xda9ec/

New EPIX docuseries “By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times Of Godfather Harlem” brings to life the excitement of 1960s Harlem and introduces the artists who dared to use their voices, instruments and lyrics to take a stand against systemic injustice.

11/19/2020
By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem

New 4-part documentary-series produced by Decoder Media called "BY WHATEVER MEANS NECESSARY: The Times of Godfather of Harlem" explores Boogaloo music emerging out of Harlem during the 1960's. New episode streams on EPIX each Sunday at 10pm ET during the month of November. For more info click Decoder Media.

11/18/2020
BY WHATEVER MEANS NECESSARY: The Times of Godfather of Harlem

New 4-part documentary-series produced by Decoder Media called "BY WHATEVER MEANS NECESSARY: The Times of Godfather of Harlem" explores the powerful music emerging out of Harlem during the 1960's. New episode streams on EPIX each Sunday at 10pm ET during the month of November. For more infor click Decoder Media.

Where can you watch "By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem"?You can watch the series on Philo. Y...
11/11/2020

Where can you watch "By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem"?

You can watch the series on Philo. You can also watch Epix movies and TV shows through Amazon Prime. If you don’t have Prime already, you can sign up for $12.99/month and then add Epix on as an extra for $5.99/month. You’ll get a 30-day free trial for both Amazon Prime and EPIX.

[REVIEW by MEAWW]  'By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem' dubs the place as a Mecca where music...
11/10/2020
'By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem' Review: How music inspired change in Black America

[REVIEW by MEAWW] 'By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem' dubs the place as a Mecca where music by some of the best artists of the day was regarded as a celebration of black music. King Curtis' Harlem Nocturne, Chubby Checker's 'Twist', the Apollo Theater in New York that saw performances by Martha Stewart and her Vandellas and the Marvelettes and Bobby's Record Shop receive more than honorary mentions in the pilot episode of the docuseries executive produced by Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker and Keith McQuirter.
https://meaww.com/by-whatever-means-necessary-the-times-of-godfather-harlem-episode-1-review-music-influence-epix-tv?fbclid=IwAR1FHfOp7ouLzRgSonFQkxd-AMR-3bcZWuSXdz9KP8BL5bu8K_SaMXA4_mg

Episode 1 titled 'Mecca' in the four-part docu-series gives a comprehensive look at how music became a tool of expression in Harlem

11/05/2020
BY WHATEVER MEANS NECESSARY: The Times of Godfather of Harlem

New documentary-series produced by Decoder Media called "BY WHATEVER MEANS NECESSARY: The Times of Godfather of Harlem" explores the powerful fusion of music and activism in Harlem during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's. New episode streams on EPIX each Sunday at 10pm ET during the month of November. Tune in at www.epix.com #Harlem #ProtestMusic #Documentary #CivilRights #HumanRights #GodfatherofHarlem #Music

New Docu-Series from Decoder Media airing on EPIX Sunday November 8th called "BY WHATEVER MEANS NECESSARY: The Times of ...
11/05/2020

New Docu-Series from Decoder Media airing on EPIX Sunday November 8th called "BY WHATEVER MEANS NECESSARY: The Times of Godfather of Harlem". Check out on www.epix.com

There are gameshows, baseball games and more. Here's what's coming to EPIX this November.

The 3,000 Project | ITVS
06/11/2020
The 3,000 Project | ITVS

The 3,000 Project | ITVS

Baron Walker was one of 3,000 Wisconsin inmates trapped by a changed legal system. His eventual release sparks hope for other incarcerated people and activists. | ITVS

Last month we shot a commercial for Zeel with the iconic Cindy Crawford.  Directed by Gus Sacks and produced by Keith Mc...
02/18/2020

Last month we shot a commercial for Zeel with the iconic Cindy Crawford. Directed by Gus Sacks and produced by Keith McQuirter. Photography by Greg Delman. Agency NSG/SWAT.

Our very own, filmmaker Keith McQuirter, wrote the short story "The Rippling Effect of Baron Walker" about second chance...
07/03/2019
The Rippling Effect of Baron Walker - Belt Magazine

Our very own, filmmaker Keith McQuirter, wrote the short story "The Rippling Effect of Baron Walker" about second chances in the criminal justice system. It was released this week online by Belt Publishing & Belt Magazine. Check it out!

https://beltmag.com/baron-walker-milwaukee/

In 2015, a study named Milwaukee's 53206 ZIP code the most incarcerated in the nation, imprisoning more than sixty-two percent of Black men under the age of thirty-four. Baron Walker was one of them.

Keith McQuirter gives speech accepting top award at PitchBLACK.
06/01/2019

Keith McQuirter gives speech accepting top award at PitchBLACK.

09/06/2018
UP IS GAMEDAY

Always fun to produce spots for Wheels Up. Check this one out on College GameDay!

06/30/2018

Catch the documentary by filmmaker Keith McQuirter, MILWAUKEE 53206, streaming free online until July 3rd! Click here to view --> http://bit.ly/2t75aiW

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Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Documentary at Urbanworld Film Festival Presented by HBO goes to MILWAUKEE 53206 Congr...
09/27/2017

Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Documentary at Urbanworld Film Festival Presented by HBO goes to MILWAUKEE 53206 Congrats to director Keith McQuirter, the entire crew, cast and Transform Films! #UW21 #MakeYourMark #Urbanworldfilmfestival #NYC #MassIncarceration #Documentary #Milwaukee #MILWAUKEE53206 #MKE53206

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Congratulations Keith McQuirter for winning the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing in Documentary for "By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem"!!! NAACP Image Awards #NAACPImageAwards
FOX 5 NY's report on "By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem" that aired during Black History month and featured director Keith McQuirter. Check it out!
Our docuseries "By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem" got nominated today for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing in Documentary (Film and TV). Congrats to director Keith McQuirter and the entire Decoder Media and Significant Productions Teams! https://variety.com/2021/tv/awards/2021-naacp-image-awards-nominations-1234898205/?fbclid=IwAR2TS5pfSrNoTeTSvrWExprU619mzOyy0h9yr99ch9FvojXf732RTh5XBCE
In episode 1 of the doc series "By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem", Martha Reeves and Gladys Knight share their first time performing at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.
Director and executive producer of the EPIX documentary series "By Whatever Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem", Keith McQuirter, is guest on the podcast "Brown & Black" about race and pop culture. McQuirter talks with hosts Jack Rico and Mike Sargent about the new series. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/director-keith-mcquirter-on-achieving-brown-black-unity/id1499382805?i=1000502160097
Filmmaker Keith McQuirter was a guest on the show Hear and Now with Rachel C. on Radio Free Brooklyn and they talked about “By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem”. Check it out in the link below. https://cms.megaphone.fm/channel/RADIO1262950142?selected=RADIO7778999177
Legendary jazz percussionist Warren Smith in a recording studio in the 1960's.
One of the fathers of Hip Hop, original members of the Young Lords and member of the Last Poets, Felipe Luciano on set in New York.
Hip Hop artist CHIKA on set in Los Angeles.