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Mekai Curtis, left, and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson attended the New York premiere of Starz's highly anticipated prequel Power Book 3: Raising Kanan.

The new iteration of Power follows young Kanan Stark (Mekai Curtis) as he dodges bullets and keeps his enemies close. Kanan was originally played by 50 Cent.

Power Book 3: Raising Kanan also stars Omar Epps, Joey Bada$$, and Patina Miller.

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Mekai is pictured right with 50 Cent, center, and actor Michael Rainey Jr., left.

TheGrio spoke exclusively with the cast to discuss some of the challenges of creating the prequel.

"The pressure was having the continuity and the essence more so of the characters than the actual franchise itself," stated Mekai, who believes the hardest part was making sure he lived up to the high standards set by 50 Cent.

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Actor Omar Epps, who plays shady detective Howard, attended the premiere with his wife Keisha Epps. He said he didn't have any expectations for the new show.

"I don’t think there are any expectations. It's just a piece that I think the power in it is, that you know, we know who Kanan was and how he was the monster that he was. And this is kind of an exploration of humanity, to be honest with you. It's like, how does someone, you know, evolve into being the character that we saw 50 play."

The original Power aired on the Starz network from June 7, 2014, to February 9, 2020.

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Everyone is buzzing about episode 10 of Starz's Power, which aired on Sunday, Nov. 3. In the midseason finale, titled "No One Can Stop Me", Ghost (Omari Hardwick) is shot by an unknown assailant in his nightclub Truth.

Fans were left debating if Ghost is really dead and who shot him. Some even wondered if his shooting was a dream sequence.

There are seven likely suspects, with one of them firing the shot that sent Ghost tumbling off a balcony - to his untimely death?

Courtney Kemp, Power's creator and executive producer told TV Guide, "We set up very early there were only two ways this was going to play out.

According to TV Guide, in the final moments of the finale, Ghost tells Tariq to turn himself in for murder; pisses off Tasha (Naturi Naughton) again; humiliates Rashad Tate (Larenz Tate), and infuriates Saxe (Shane Johnson), Paz (Elizabeth Rodriguez), and of course Tommy (Joseph Sikora).

Any one of them could have pulled the trigger. The mystery of who shot Ghost will play out over the final five episodes of Power.
 

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La La Anthony responded to social media followers who insist she can't act her way out of a paper bag.

The 40-year-old's character, Lakeisha Grant, was killed off in the recent episode of the Starz scripted TV series Power.

During an appearance on Power 105's The Breakfast Club, La La talked about getting her head blown off by co-star Naturi Naughton, who plays Tasha St. Patrick.

"If you're going to leave a show, then you want to leave a show with a bang, literally," she said. "You want people to talk about it. You don't just want to disappear, and nobody cares about it. I feel like this is a moment people will always talk about."

But La La's tone changed when discussing fans hating on her acting.

She challenged her haters to do better, saying:

"You got to be worried when people aren't talking. My thing is that… I'm doing it. So, if I couldn't do it, then why am I doing it? If you can do it better then why you not getting the [acting] jobs I'm getting?"

She also talked about her new role on Lena Waith's The Chi.

"These people aren't just giving me jobs because I'm me. They can hire anyone. They're giving me jobs because I go in there and I put the work in. And I also bring a following with me. I have almost 10 million followers on Instagram. People watch what I do. What's the point of having these great shows if nobody's watching them? You want people to watch. So, If you can do it better then you bring your 10 million followers and you do what I do."

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La La said she didn't allow her 12-year-old son, Kiyan, to watch the series but she was comfortable letting him watch her die in the last episode.
 

 

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Vibe.com -- Ghost and Tommy are back on the same side and now must devise a plan to kill their former boss and distributor Lobos, in Power, episode 6, “The Right Decision.” Tommy is still hurt after killing Holly, but gets his head back in the game to rid himself of the man at the root of his problems.

Back at the task force, Angela, Knox and Sandoval can see the finish line in the distance as they coordinate Lobos’ transfer. No one suspects Sandoval is the rat, and as the put their plan in place, Sandoval contacts his connect on the outside unaware Tommy and Ghost have crafted a plan of their own.

Ghost and Tommy put one bed to problem, only to realize they have another just around the corner.

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