“The Black Godfather”

The Black Godfather documents the exceptional and unlikely rise of Clarence Avant, the ultimate uncensored mentor and behind-the-scenes rainmaker who influenced legends such as Bill Withers, Snoop Dogg, Quincy Jones, Muhammad Ali, Hank Aaron, Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton and so many more.


“Trees of Peace”

Executive Producer
Trees of Peace takes place during the Rwandan genocide, also known as the genocide against the Tutsi in 1994. The film follows four women of different backgrounds, as they take refuge in a small space below a home as militants seek to murder all Tutsi people and those who sympathize with them. While Trees of Peace is not directly based on a specific true story, it draws from similar accounts to create a narrative that is representative of those shared real-life experiences.




A Sense of Home

Donor & Chair of the Board Emeritus

A firm believer that the foundation for homelessness prevention is a home full of love, Mrs Avant is actively involved with the A Sense of Home organization whose mission strives to prevent homelessness by creating first-ever homes for youth aging out of foster care with donated furniture and home goods.

A Sense of Home began as a random act of kindness when founder Georgie Smith was asked for help finding an apartment by a young man who had just aged out of the foster care system. This random act of kindness quickly evolved into a nonprofit and when Ambassador Nicole Avant provided the very first truck for the newly formed organization, their movement had wheels.

Just nine months later Ambassador Nicole and husband, Ted boldly stood with in Variety Magazine, declaring their passion for ASOH. This very visible statement meant that ASOH was now a noteworthy charity. Following that came more media attention, awards and profiles - with Nicole standing alongside as an advisor, a genuine Ambassador for the cause, and offering invaluable know-how, wisdom, insight and In-Kind contributions that continue to this day.



A passionate advocate of advancing the cause of children throughout the world, Ambassador Avant continues to support the UNICEF mission and work - together, with her husband Ted Sarandos - through philanthropy and volunteerism.


UNICEF Tribute

U.S. Ambassador to The Commonwealth of The Bahamas

In 2009, Nicole Avant was sworn in as the 13th United States Ambassador to The Commonwealth of The Bahamas after unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate. During her tenure she focused on six key initiatives: economic and small business development, education, women’s empowerment, bringing an end to human trafficking, alternative energy, as well as raising awareness for the challenges facing people with disabilities.



Girls Inc

Former National Board Member & Supporter
Continuing to focus on one of her key initiatives during her time as Ambassador, Mrs. Avant is working to create a more equal world where people of every gender can find success in life, free of bias and barriers. Girls Inc. serves and provides guidance for young girls in pro-girl environments through programs, mentorship and experiences across the US and Canada.