5 Fast Facts About Mekai Curtis, the Star of Power Book III: Raising Kanan

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“Power Book III: Raising Kanan,” the latest prequel series in the original “Power” franchise, premieres on Starz on Sunday, and if you're new to the cable network, you can stream the show for free. IndieWireHow to Watch ‘Power Book III: Raising Kanan’ for Free

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Mekai Curtis is the latest star to join the Power family. The 20-year-old actor is set to play the younger version of 50 Cent's Power character on Starz's Power Book III: Raising Kanan, which follows a 15-year-old Kanan Stark living in 1991 Queens, NY. Seeing how big the Power fandom is, the young star is already getting a lot of attention as people try to learn more about him. While Mekai already has a handful of acting roles under his belt, it goes without saying that his upcoming role as Kanan Stark is poised to be his biggest yet. After all, the series got renewed for season two before it even premiered. Learn more about the young actor with a few fast facts ahead.

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How ‘Power Book III: Raising Kanan’ Creator Sascha Penn Brought the ‘Family Drama’ to Life

Complex 18 July, 2021 - 08:00pm

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“Power is a family drama,” Penn told Complex during a recent Raising Kanan press junket, “this is a family drama. It was always going to be some version of a family drama, so when they came to me and said, ‘Look, we want to do this origin story,’ I went back and said, ‘All right, let me figure out what that would look like,’ and I really felt the central relationship would be [between] mother and son.”

Penn—who’s next project, April 29, 1992is a heist film set during the 1992 LA Riots starring Tyrese Gibson and Ray Liotta—broke down how he got this particular gig, why Patina Miller is perfect for the role of Kanan’s mother, the Raising Kanan theme, and how expensive it is to get era-specific sneakers and clothes for a series set in 1991.

She’s incredible. Everybody on the show is incredible. Her, Mekai [Curtis], who had the real daunting challenge of basically fitting into 50’s shoes and capturing what 50 established beforehand, but then London Brown, Malcolm Mays, Omar Epps, Shanley Caswell, Joey Badass, who’s an absolute revelation, Haley Kilgore, who is incredible. She’s in the new Aretha Franklin movie that’s coming out. It’s been amazing. The best part of this job is when you have something that exists on the page, and then you give it to these actors, and they take it, and they just make it their own in ways that you never expected. It’s a pretty humbling and powerful experience.

Now listen, “Big Rich Town” is its own thing. “Big Rich Town” became a movement. This song, I think, is equally amazing, but very, very different. I think he captures time and place in the same way that “Big Rich Town” captured time and place.

Power Book III: Raising Kanan airs Sunday nights on Starz and on the Starz app.

Power Book III: Raising Kanan Premiere Recap: Raq Rocks Our World — Grade It!

TVLine 18 July, 2021 - 07:59pm

Franchise fans who long for a Ghost and Tommy prequel may have gotten something better with Power Book III: Raising Kanan — the title character’s mother, Raquel.

From the moment Raq gives her chubby child a sock full of batteries to fend off playground bullies in the season premiere, which debuted Sunday night on Starz, she establishes herself as a not-to-be-trifled-with woman and mother. Smoking a cigarette and rocking a ridiculously chic fur-trimmed green jacket, the drug queenpin looks on to make sure her young son executes the knowledge she imparts.

Later, when Kanan grows up to be an astute high school student with boundless opportunities ahead of him, Raq attempts to switch gears. She and his principal want Kanan to test into an elite magnet school that would ensure entry into a prestigious college. After all, Raq reasons, she has taught Kanan how to protect himself in the streets. Now that’s he’s 15 in 1991, her tough love could help her progeny surpass his parents and reach for higher and bigger stars by taking the family’s Jamaica, Queens street acumen to rarified spaces. Raq wants Kanan to be book and street smart — but most of all, crime-free.

Making matters more complicated, the boy Kanan shoots and kills also happens to be his romantic rival for Davina, the girl Kanan has been crushing on for years. None of this makes the murder easy to swallow for the teenager who had, up until that point, never taken a life. Kanan’s rash and deadly decision also creates a heap of trouble, from a drive-by attempt on his life to increased tension between Raq and Nique and their now nonexistent peace accord. Time to go to war.

Other premiere highlights — aside from a top-notch soundtrack — include Raq dating a dude straight out of Shemar Moore’s lookbook and Raq sending a message to a haughty club manager who talked down to her by having her younger brother Lou-Lou microwave the woman’s lapdog, reminiscent of The Godfather’s horse beheading. Because make no mistake about it: Raq is Vito Corleone as a beautiful Black woman, and Kanan is her Michael.

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'Power Book III: Raising Kanan': 50 Cent on How Raq Is Just Like His Mom

Showbiz Cheat Sheet 18 July, 2021 - 07:50pm

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Patina Miller plays Raquel “Raq” Thomas, Kanan’s fierce mother who runs their household and drug operation. And Raq shares some similarities with 50 Cent’s own mom. According to the rapper-mogul, fans will get to see an on-screen version of his relationship with his mother and how she lived.

One thing that viewers will notice from the first episode is that Raq doesn’t tolerate any nonsense. She’s a straight shooter, a tough businesswoman, but also a warm, loving mother who wants what’s best for her son. Raq is all for standing up for yourself, and fans first see that when she marches Kanan back to the park with a battery sock to beat up his bullies.

50 Cent remembered an incident from his childhood where he learned early that he either had to be scared of his mom Sabrina, or scared of other kids. He explained that lesson during an interview with Sky News, and said that his mother — like Raq — really sent him back to the park to fight. After that, he stopped running home.

“And you deal with that and it kind of changes your perspective, like, I’m not going to go back whining to my mother for her to send me back, I’ll just handle it before she finds out that I’m scared or afraid of the other person, so it kind of changed a part of my character in the very early stages,” he said.

Fif realized that park fight event kind of set the tone for the dynamic between him and his mother. 50 Cent was about five years old when that happened, and it made an impact.

“It was probably the biggest thing to describe what my relationship with my mom was like fairly early on, you know, because she was the only provider, so she was like the source of everything that’s good; if she’s angry with you then nothing good is around, you know what I’m saying, and you’re like, wow, no, just take me back to the park, I’d rather fight than deal with this,” he told Sky News.

He also shared that watching her taught him a lot about independence, strength, and hustling — which are all traits that fans see in Raq in Raising Kanan.

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Though he doesn’t talk about it too often, 50 Cent has opened up about his mother’s drug-dealing past. He wrote about it in his book, From Pieces to Weight: Once Upon a Time in Southside Queens and described how she was a teen mom who moved out when he was a baby.

She’d visit him and bring him lavish gifts, and when he was about seven years old, he figured out she was selling drugs. Young Curtis Jackson would spend the day with her and learned she dealt with customers and bigshot dealers. And like Kanan’s family, she lived near Baisley Pond Park in Queens.

“I was amazed at how my mom talked to the guys with the big cars. They treated her like she was their equal,” wrote 50 Cent. “I had never seen anything like it. When they saw her, they would compliment her and speak in some code I couldn’t figure out. Then they’d give her a brown paper bag and she’d give them a fat stack of cash.” Sabrina Jackson was murdered when Fif was only eight years old.

Check out Raq, Lou-Lou, and Marvin talk in code as they run their own business in Power Book III: Raising Kanan on Starz each Sunday at 8 p.m. EST.

Exclusive: Power Raising Kanan's 50 Cent on Ghost, Tommy and Tasha's appearance

Digital Spy 18 July, 2021 - 06:02am

Tasha's an "important component and piece".

Taking us back through time, Power Book III: Raising Kanan's opening episode introduced us to a host of characters – new and old.

But Power fans are yet to set their sights on high-school goers James "Ghost" St Patrick, Tommy Egan and Tasha St Patrick despite the initial trailer at the end of Power season 6's finale teasing their arrival.

Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy, executive producer and narrator Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson gave us some insight on when fans can expect to see Ghost, Tommy and Tasha's younger selves.

"I can't tell you exactly when," he teased "But they're in Kanan's life before he went to jail. And you know potentially Tasha is already around, because when we see that Ghost forgives Kanan for his actions and they go back to working with each other but Tasha still has…"

Jumping in, Mekai Curtis who plays young Kanan went on to laugh: "Tasha was at the heart of so much shit that went wrong in the first season of the first Power bro' and I'll stick by that bro', I will stick by that."

Jackson continued: "She's an important component and piece." She continued by explaining that at some point we – the fans – "will meet them".

On Monday (July 12), STARZ president and CEO Jeffrey Hirsch announced that Raising Kanan would return for a second season saying: "One season isn't enough to tell the coming of age story of Kanan Stark and his mother, Raq, a fierce and successful woman who is a force of nature.

"The anticipation globally for more of the Power Universe made it clear that the Kanan story needs to continue."

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