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If ever a day came that the 1978 remake of “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Wiz,” were to be remade itself, the first actress in line for the lead role would be Naturi Naughton. We caught up with the star of the new Starz series “Power” down in New Orleans for Essence Festival and asked her about her new role (and what it’s like to play the wife of the very fine Omari Hardwick) but we also asked about her dreams of playing Patti LaBelle on screen one day. That’s when Naturi let us know Auntie Patti isn’t the only star role she’s got her eye on. She also wouldn’t mind taking Diana Ross’s slot as the new Dorothy Gale if that musical were to ever be remade. Think she can pull it off?
Check out Naturi’s full interview in the video above.
Omari Hardwick and Naturi Naughton are two very attractive people and they deliver some very convincing love scenes on Starz’s new gritty crime drama, “Power.” But Omari admits that some real challenges came along with bringing Ghost and Tasha’s passionate relationship to life on the small screen. These challenges were primarily due to the fact that Omari and Naturi have maintained a big brother “baby sister” relationship for years.
“She was the only actor that I knew in the show. I didn’t know anybody else,” he recently explained to Rolling Out. “Obviously, I knew of other people’s work and was a fan of certain people that we worked with, [but] Naturi was like a baby sister.”
Ironically, although Naturi and Omari are playing husband and wife in the series, the “Being Mary Jane” actor says that there is an interesting father figure element that appears in the relationship between their two characters.
“The irony of [our] on-screen chemistry was that we had to put that relationship to the side. [Though] there is this sort of big brother or father figure [element] within our characters’ relationship because we had to cast a girl that’s younger in Naturi. [The part] was originally for an older actress. But once we went with Naturi, Courtney flipped the script and did a great job of creating the character to circulate around Naturi’s age and experiences in life. So it’s qualified to say that we had to put the brother-sister relationship down, because I think it’s still in Ghost and Tasha; the big brothering or father figure that certain romantic relationships, even, can attest to.”
Another challenge faced by Omari was learning to put his ego aside and allowing his “baby sister” to take the lead at times.
“It was challenging at times because of how much we loved each other prior,” he continued. “She’s a strong personality; whenever you’re dealing with a bright female who’s talented, you’re also dealing with an opinionated female who’s talented. So for me, as the number one on the call sheet, it required a lot of moments of letting her be the queen; and imparting my moments where I needed to be the king and sort of teach her a thing or two about this craft that I probably have more years at. So it was great, it was all good; even the moments of frustration — beauty came out of it. I don’t think you really have chemistry in the way that you want between two actors unless frustration is there as well. So, we had frustration, we had magic, we had days of exhaustion — both of us. But she is a great partner.”
Check out more photos from Omari’s Rolling Out spread on the next page.
Apparently 50 Cent’s new STARZ series, “Power,” was a major hit. After just one episode, the cable network has announced that the series will be renewed for a second season, Deadline reports.
The fast-moving drama debuted last weekend “with 462,000 Live+same day at 9 PM, 1.27 million for the three Saturday night airings and 2.022 million for the nine weekend runs on Saturday and Sunday.” In case you’ve been out of the loop for a bit, the 50 Cent-produced series is “set in two different worlds, the glamorous New York club scene and the brutal drug trade” and follows the story of Ghost St. Patrick, a drug dealer and businessman with dreams of going legit. Stars include “Being Mary Jane” actor Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton and Lela Loren.
“Tasha St. Patrick, she’s crazy,” Naturi recently described her character to Shadow and Act. “She really is Ghost’s sidekick, the other half of Bonnie and Clyde. She came up from the streets, grew up in Queens, and had a rough life. She had desires to be a singer but those desires got cut short because she was pregnant at 19 with Ghost’s child. He’s trying to choose between going legit and staying in the drug game, and she’s pretty much the woman who’s like look, we’ve built this empire together, I’ll ride with you to the end. She’ll throw the gun away, she’ll tell you how to dump the body. She’s an edgy character and not afraid to do whatever it takes to keep the family together.”
Production for season two begins in September. I had the opportunity to check out “Power” over the weekend and thought it was pretty good.
Did you see the premiere on Saturday? What did you think?
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Who else watched Being Mary Jane this season and couldn’t get enough of Omari Hardwick’s delicious self? Turns out that Hardwick has too much banging body and beauty for one show, so now he’s going to show off all that goodness and talent on the new Starz series, Power, which already has critics talking. But what I like most about Hardwick is that he’s talented in more than just acting. He used to play football (hence the body), and he’s an award-winning poet. Seriously, homeboy took part in the National Poetry Slam before. He’s a gift to the eyes and the ears! To celebrate his new show (where he plays James “Ghost” St. Patrick, owner of a hot NYC nightclub…and a drug dealer), which starts tomorrow, we’re showing love to one hunk of a man. Enjoy this eye candy gallery, as I’m sure it will make your day.
Producer Courtney Kemp Agboh And 50 Cent Talk New Series “Power” And Why They Don’t See Obstacles Anymore
On June 7, Starz will air a new all-star series that undeniably speaks to the ability of African Americans in entertainment to create their own opportunities. Power, the sexy new crime drama we’ve been telling you about for a few months now, not only features a black actor, Omari Hardwick, in the lead role, but is executive produced by rap mogul 50 Cent and African American female producer Courtney Kemp Agboh. Yesterday, we had the opportunity to chat with these trailblazers about the show, which follows the life of James “Ghost” St. Patrick, a handsome nightclub owner building an empire against the backdrop of a drug underworld, and we asked them about the inspiration for the series and what their successes say about the future of the industry for African Americans and women. Check out our Q&A:
What was the inspiration for this show?
Courtney Kemp Agboh: “In 2011 my dad died and he was an advertising guy and really invested in the idea that perception is reality and whatever people see about you is what is real. It took me a long time to unlearn that lesson, but that was a controlling philosophy for him and as a result that was something I needed to write about because he had a heart attack. It was very sudden and there was no decline, but to be honest with you if he hadn’t passed away I wouldn’t be here.
“He always felt that as a person of color, if you show up looking a certain way or talking a certain way and having certain things to say that you could get access to things that otherwise you wouldn’t have. It’s interesting that through this process I notice that some people will come in and talk to 50 Cent, the rapper, but do you not know all of the other things he is? Are you not looking at the whole picture? This is a complex individual who is all of these things and we’re bringing that complexity to this character Ghost who is a mixture of 50’s background and my father and all kinds of people who have grown up without money and tried to make it.”
50 Cent: “All stories and movies that imitate life are about choices and sometimes circumstances lead two people into the same space. You have some brothers who stand on the corner because they enjoy the aggressive or violent part of the experience and there are others who are standing there because they don’t see Burger King or McDonalds as a sufficient option. The goal is to earn enough to not be a part of it anymore because the cycle is consistent – they’re sending you to jail or sending you to a grave.”
African Americans are always told to create their own opportunities, is that easier said than done?
50 Cent: “This sh*t ain’t ‘I got the hook up.’ Our actual genre — they haven’t created that high-quality programming from scratch. It’s Courtney’s baby but I was there when she made it.
“I almost can’t see the obstacles anymore. I’m so far from where I come from. I told them, ‘we’re going to get this deal as soon as we hit the door’ and Courtney was like, ‘here comes the rapper sh*t ‘cuz he doesn’t know the process.’… I tell them I get it, but if you tell me no, I’m gonna do it across the street. It’s definitely going to happen.”
Agboh: “Everything happens for a reason. I lost my dad at the right moment at the right time. Starz actually decided that they didn’t want to make period entertainment anymore, they wanted to make contemporary shows and I walked in and I had the 900-pound gorilla with me (50 Cent) but I also had universal themes. You’re going to get 100 “nos” all the time. As an African American who’s a woman, I might get 200 “nos or 250 “nos”, but your talent is your own. Your talent doesn’t have a race or a gender or a language or an ethnicity. Your talent is your talent, so you show up with your talent no matter what. There aren’t a lot of Black women who are running television shows, especially on premium cable. There aren’t a lot of people who’ve done was [50 Cent's]done. He’s a unicorn and I’m a unicorn too. We all are.”
Audiences are so hypercritical these days for a myriad of reasons, are any considerations made on the production end to avoid some of those criticisms?
Omari Hardwick: “It’s considered by other people but not by us. We feel like we’re cheating Courtney if we don’t run through the wall. Whoever decides to bring us back, that’s on them. Concerning sensitivity to the audience, we can’t worry about what people will and won’t respond to.
Check out the trailer for Power below if you haven’t seen it yet. Will you be watching June 7 at 9pm on Starz?
If you’re feeling down and are in need of a pep talk, Michelle Obama’s got you covered.
Teaming up with Seventeen magazine’s Girl Power campaign, the first lady of the United States provides a little dose of inspiration, sharing what “power” means to her — and how every young girl can harness it to take on her dreams.
“I believe that girl power is about being the very best version of who you are,” says FLOTUS in a video. “And that means showing up for class, paying attention — it means really challenging yourself.”
“As I always tell my daughters, a good education is something no one can take away from you. You always get to keep what you know.”
Listen to the First Lady’s inspiring speech at BlackVoices.com
There can be various things holding you back in your career–procrastination, fear, insecurity. But by tapping not only into your passion but your power you can overcome these personal roadblocks. Claim your power just as you’d claim your name.
“At its core, claiming your power is about having the courage to make the tough decisions that are necessary in order to drive your own destiny, ” says Avis Jones-Deweever, president/CEO of Incite Unlimited, LLC and author of the upcoming book Black Women Lead: Claiming Your Power, Living Your Purpose, Exceptional Leadership in the Boardroom and Beyond.
First you have know you have power. By understanding and loving your authentic self, you will take hold of this power. Discover the things you love, that you have passion for — the things that help define you. Take a look at the things that zap your energy and drain you. Rid yourself of these power blockers.
Trying to make everyone else happy instead of yourself is one way you are giving away your power. Self-doubt is another. Women sometimes push their power aside, being sidetracked by the responsibilities of family, by being intimidated in the workplace, or giving into the stresses of daily life. But you can reclaim your power.
Read affirmations daily, meditate, have alone time to concentrate only on your thoughts. Then stand up for yourself, your opinions, your beliefs. This conviction embraces your power. You have it… Use it!
50 Cent and STARZ have hooked up for an original drama called “Power” with New York City as the backdrop.
The first season of “Power” will unfold in 8 hour-long episodes and will premiere sometime later this year (Summer?) as the exact date has been decided yet.
According to Shadow and Act’s Tambay, the series’ executive producer, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, will be seen throughout the show’s run in a recurring role.
“Power” will star Omari Hardwick who plays James “Ghost” St. Patrick, a wealthy New York City nightclub owner, who caters to the city’s elite. Here’s how Tambay describes the lead character.
He wants to build an empire, turn the club into a Fortune 500 business, but there’s just one problem: he is living a double life. When he is not in the club, he is the kingpin of the most lucrative drug network in New York for a very high-level clientele. His marriage, family and business all become unknowingly threatened as he is tempted to leave his criminal life behind and become the rags-to-riches businessman he wants to be most of all.
Read more on 50 Cent’s new show at EurWeb.com
TMZ is reporting that former NFL star Darren Sharper was arrested on Friday on suspicion of multiple counts of rape.
According to their sources, Sharper’s name is connected with two sexual assaults, one in October 2013 and the other from…this month.
He was arrested in Los Angeles and later released on $200,000 bail.
The name(s) of the alleged victim(s) has not been released, of course, due to the nature of the alleged crime. So far, there has also been no word from Sharper or his attorney.
Wow. These allegations are shocking and become even more surprising when it’s someone many would consider one of the “nice guys.”
Darren Sharper retired from the NFL in 2011 as a five time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion (during his years with the New Orleans Saints). He is currently an analyst for the NFL Network. The league is right in the midst of the playoffs so it will be interesting to see if he will be on television this weekend during their conference championship games.
A court date has been set for February 14th. We will definitely keep an eye on this story and keep you posted with any updates.
From Single Black Male
I know a lot of women shudder at the word “submissive”. They think that it gives men the power to treat them like a slave. They have these visions of women back in the day being knocked over the head and lead around by their hair and not having the power to do anything about it.
Some women have visions of a man telling them what they can do, where they can go and even what they can wear. That is not the correct definition or vision of submission.The definition of Submission is a woman giving the man that she loves and respects the power to lead over their family and make the final decisions.
Read more at the SingleBlackMale.org