Filming returns to Harlem with new Starz series 'Run the World'

Updated: Feb 25


Run the World is filming in Harlem

In the past few years Harlem's streets have been overrun with film crews using the neighborhood as an open-air set for shows ranging from "The Godfather of Harlem" to the upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic "Respect."


That all ended when the pandemic hit.


But in recent weeks notices alerting Harlemites to a new production have been spotted again.


Run the World is filming in Harlem

A host of flyers posted around Harlem reveal the new Starz series "Run the World" is currently filming in the neighborhood.


It's a comedy about a "group of four black, vibrant, fiercely loyal best friends who work, live and play in Harlem as they strive for world domination," according to Deadline; "Dear White People" co-showrunner Yvette Lee Bowser is an executive producer.


Last week notices for "Run the World" asking neighbors to move their cars were posted near Harlem cocktail lounge Sugar Monk, which announced on Instagram it would be closed for a film shoot:



This week the same signs reappeared around Harlem restaurant Ponty Bistro, which announced it was "going Hollywood" and would be closed for three days.


"Run the World," which features a series of up-and-coming actresses, has a 2021 release date.


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