According to BET Centric, Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark is the candid documentary that takes an in-depth look at the legendary jazz musician’s life on and off the camera and the effects his careers had on how Black entertainers were and are treated in American society. The documentary will chronicle Cole’s time as the only black television star in Hollywood during a time when people of color were demonized and attacked; and will highlight the unwillingness of advertising executives to actively promote and patronize Cole and other people of color. Directed by Jon Brewer , the film features never before seen archival footage of the late singer, and interviews with Cole’s widow, Maria Cole, his daughter, Natalie Cole; and friends and musical peers Harry Belafonte, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett and Aaron Neville.
A statement released about the film reads: Cole died in 1965 after a short battle with lung cancer. He was 45 years old. Afraid of the Dark will be released in the UK on April 14 by Universal Music. A U.S. release date has yet to be made public.