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Watch: Valentin Narcisse & Daughter Try To Muscle In On Chalky’s Action ('Boardwalk Empire')

by Tambay A. Obenson
August 26, 2013 10:25 AM
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Valentin Narcisse, Maitland

With a name like Valentin Narcisse, I can only imagine what's in store for the new character that Jeffrey Wright plays in the upcoming fourth season of the lauded HBO series, Boardwalk Empire.

We can assume an inordinate conceit of his own superiority which likely manifests itself in contempt of others. Like Albert "Chalky" White, for example, the character played by Michael K. Williams in the series, as the new spot below suggests.

Wright, in a series regular role, plays Valentin Narcisse, Doctor of Divinity, philanthropist, student of culture and the man who runs Harlem!

His daughter, Maitland, is played by Margot Bingham.

I'm currently playing catch-up on the series, since I'd never really gotten into it previously, and so missed just about all of the past seasons. I should be all caught up before the new season begins on September 8.


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  • Glenn | September 23, 2013 9:13 PMReply

    She's a singer named Daughter Maitland not his daughter.

  • Nelson George | September 16, 2013 12:55 PMReply

    The character Jeffrey Wright's playing is inspired by Casper Holstein, the man credited with refining the numbers. There's quite a bit about him on line.

  • Edwina | September 2, 2013 1:33 PMReply

    Fasten your seat belts. He's gonna eat this up.

  • lisa | August 27, 2013 9:54 PMReply

    She is not his daughter. Her first name is Daughter and her last name is Maitland. Yes, daughter is an actual name.

  • Dankwa Brooks | August 27, 2013 12:14 PMReply

    I am binge watching Season 3 in preparation for Mr. Wright's debut! I'm officially halfway through the season as of yesterday! Can't wait for Season 4!

  • Walter Harris Gavin | August 27, 2013 10:23 AMReply

    Boardwalk Empire is a "fictionalization" of the life and times of a real person Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, played by Steve Buscemi. The question is "Is there a real counterpart to Valentin Narcisse?" Most of the black gangsters at the time were only allowed, by the Italians, Jewish, and Irish mobs, to operate "policy" banks, The Numbers. According to Walter A. Bell, Black Gangs of Harlem: 1920 -1939, "Very little is known about organized black gangs that operated in Harlem, New York, during the Prohibition and Depression years. Almost all organized crime in Harlem during that time was run by Italian, Jewish, and Irish gangsters. A few loosely run black crime factions did exist and primarily concentrated on policy and lottery gambling, prostitution and drugs."
    We do know however, "One of the powerful early numbers bosses was a woman, Madame Stephanie St. Clair." The part played by Cecily Tyson in the movie "Hoodlum," where Laurence (don't call me Larry) Fishburne played Charles "Bumpy" Johnson.

  • Aubrey | September 16, 2013 11:46 AM

    Although I admittedly don't know a ton about any black gangsters, I can say they most definitely did exsist, although they may not be as widely known/infamous as many of the Italian mobsters we hear about. Although his Name was Enoch Johnson, not Thompson. His name was changed for the show.

    Epiphany, your broad strokes are obnoxious. "If allowed to distort the truth unchecked, white people are perfectly happy to perpetuate the myth that blacks are not capable of moving, breathing, or thinking until taught and directed by whites." really? So, generalizations and okay, so long as they have your stamp of approval? Most white people who assume blacks of the time weren't in a position of power base that on the fact that they were widely oppressed and discriminated against. It's not a discredit to their ability to free think, but the masses trying their darndest to keep them down, it's a logical assumption not a judgement of the black community being incapable of thought. How about you make an attempt to get to know 'the other half', so to speak since you've taken it upon yourself to speak for us.

  • Ph.D. | September 16, 2013 8:07 AM

    You are incorrect about the Black Power that reined in Harlem of that era. It is obvious you are confused, therefore you should refrain from perpetuating racial stereotypes, racialized non-sense and illogical scenarios. Others groups could not "allow" Blacks into rule in their backyards. I strongly advise you read ethnographic and non-fictionalized documents. And more importantly, stop being an racist ass.

  • Epiphany | September 16, 2013 12:18 AM

    How is it possible for black gangs to be "allowed" to operate a system that blacks created. Blacks created the numbers system. There were organized black gangs. If allowed to distort the truth unchecked,white people are perfectly happy to perpetuate the myth that blacks are not capable of moving, breathing, or thinking until taught and directed by whites.

  • Nafan | August 31, 2013 8:02 AM

    Actually there were quite a few powerful black gangsters in Harlem and other parts of New York. The Italians and Jews (the Irish had no power in Harlem) worked with the blacks in Harlem because they had no choice. It's not that they allowed blacks to operate it was because Harlem was a black district so outsiders like dutch and lucky were making mad money working with local black gangsters.

  • Katie | August 27, 2013 7:44 AMReply

    I can't wait!!!

  • Blackman | August 27, 2013 1:47 AMReply

    Jeffrey Wright is a GOD.

    NOBODY can ACT better than him.

    Check his body of work. There is not an actor alive as talented.

  • browneyesblue | August 27, 2013 12:53 AMReply

    Gyp Rosetti's rein of terror turned Atlantic city out. Bobby Cannavale was a genius in that role. I am looking forward to Jeffrey Wright's portrayal as Dr. Narcisse. I am sure there will be blood. His daughter Maitland looks extra devious. Although, Margot Bingham is not a household name , surely after this season she will be.

  • Bob Alexander | September 24, 2013 12:12 AM

    I've already been to Amazon searching for a Margot Bingham CD. Didn't find anything. That is a situation which needs to be rectified pronto.

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