“Power Book II: Ghost” showrunner Courtney A. Kemp says the ‘Power” sequel focuses on “the journey of African-American youth in our country…in an academic setting” while the original series was set in a post-Barack Obama America. (Sept. 25)
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- She needs to come home.
- You raised that kid.
- That boy loves his mother.
- This is my legacy.
COURTNEY A. KEMP: It should feel very similar. It should feel like you're going right back into the shoot. And it is a different show in that it's younger. And yet, in some ways it has some more for the audience that's around my age because you've got Mary, you've got Method, you've got that whole world of adults as well. But I did want to explore, and I mean it seems prescient now, but I wanted to explore what it was to be a young Black man in America now. I really did want to do that. Because the first series was about being a Black man in America Post-Obama.
I mean, I wasn't preaching, and you didn't see that all the time. But that is what I was talking about, and it is why Ghost ended up in politics at the end. So this show is really going to be, and I think even more as we continue, more focused on the journey of African-American youth in our country. And I definitely wanted to show specifically people in an academic setting, because they don't show us in an academic setting all the time. We've got grown-ish, right, in a few things. But a lot of times it's only one Black kid in shows that are set at a college. And that really wasn't my experience. So I thought I wanted to bring that too.
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CLIFFORD "METHOD MAN" SMITH: I jumped at the chance to work on a show that, like you said, was already established. It was a hit, six seasons. That's like unheard of for, especially with a cast with all Black leads, mostly Black and Latino leads. It's like you being a new artist, and you get to work with Dr. Dre. It's like, wow, I mean, I did the work to get to this point. But it's still so surreal that you can't really take it all in at once. You just take it as it comes along. I'm still excited, still excited.