Written and directed by Layon Gray, Kings Of Harlem is inspired by the 1939
Harlem Rens basketball team. A story of seven men who overcame adversity
to win more than 2,000 games while barnstorming throughout segregated
parts of the country in the 1930s despite never being officially accepted
professionally or socially. Harlem Renaissance Big Five was one the most
successful renowned all-Black professional basketball teams in the 1920s and
'30s that added grace and style to the game of basketball. The team was
formed five years before the Harlem Globetrotters, and provided African -
American men with the opportunity to compete against white athletes equally
on the court.
They toured the country competing against Black and white teams, and in the process, compiled one of the most impressive winning streaks in Basketball history.