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

Updated: Oct 27

In the past few years Harlem's streets have been overrun with film crews using the neighborhood as an open-air set for everything 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 film production have been spotted again.

A host of flyers posted along sidewalks reveal the new Starz series "Run the World"—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—is currently being filmed around the neighborhood. "Dear White People" co-showrunner Yvette Lee Bowser is an executive producer.

Last week notices from "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 have 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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