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Starz drops first trailer for ‘Power Book III: Raising Kanan’

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Power fans, rejoice! Starz has dropped the first official trailer for Power Book III: Raising Kanan, the second spinoff in the ever-growing Power franchise.

The third installment in the popular Power series is officially coming to Starz this July. Entitled Power Book III: Raising Kanan, the prequel story transports Power fans to Southside Jamaica, Queens in 1991 and is described as a “sprawling family drama.”

Featuring star of the stage and screen Patina Miller as Raquel “Raq” Thomas and Mekai Curtis as the titular role (Kanan Stark), the trailer is jam-packed with those twists, turns, and exciting television fans love so much from the Power franchise.

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Rounding out the cast outside of Miller and Curtis are Omar EppsLondon BrownMalcolm MaysHailey Kilgore, Joey Bada$$, Toby SandemanShanley CaswellLovie Simone and Quincy Brown. 

Sascha Penn is the official creator and showrunner for the highly anticipated spinoff and is also executive producing along with Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Courtney A. Kemp.

Read the official synopsis for Power Book III: Raising Kanan, per the press release, below:

Set in South Jamaica, Queens, in 1991, “Raising Kanan” is a prequel to the original “Power” franchise. It is a sprawling family drama that revolves around the coming of age of Kanan Stark; Ghost and Tommy’s mentor, partner and adversary, who ultimately dies in a hail of gunfire in the eighth episode of Power’s penultimate season. 

When we catch up with Kanan here, he is the fifteen-year-old only child of Raquel “Raq” Thomas, a cocaine distributor with an emerging network of dealers across the city. Much like the original “Power,” “Raising Kanan” explores themes of identity, violence, and legacy, but it is also a deep dive into the very pathology of family; the unique, complicated and fraught dynamic between parent and child, mother and father, brother and sister. 

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 20: The cast of “Power” at STARZ Madison Square Garden “Power” Season 6 Red Carpet Premiere, Concert, and Party on August 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for STARZ)
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As theGrio previously reported, 50 Cent dropped an official music video in January teasing Power Book III with it’s official theme song, “Part of the Game.”

Speaking to the music video, Starz shared in a statement at the time, “A small crew pleasantly surprised neighborhood residents with a pop-up video shoot in Southside Jamaica Queens, New York, which is both where the new series is set and 50 Cent’s old neighborhood,” STARZ said in a statement….spotlighting the authentic ‘90s world that viewers will be taken back to in the upcoming Power Universe prequel series, the music video opens with 50 Cent sporting a classic ‘90s bucket hat and features numerous cars that were popular in that era.” 

The new STARZ original series Power Book III: Raising Kanan will premiere globally on Sunday, July 18at 8PM ET/PT on STARZ.

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J.D. Smith is a Tech Investor, Author, and Economist. He is the Founder of Visionary Creative International, a Tech-Based Consumer Solutions Company. He is also the Publisher for Black Media Daily, a 24/7 media outlet providing a voice for black content creators and a place to control their image throughout the Diaspora. J.D. is also the co-author of the book 100 Questions Black People Should Ask themselves, and a best-selling author of the book Made By Hustle. As a digital nomad, he promotes the importance of black travel and working from anywhere.


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