Photos & Recap From Season 4 Premiere of Starz’s Power

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Photos & Recap From Season 4 Premiere of Starz’s Power
by Paula Dofat

June 9, 2017

Last night, Blackfilm.com attended the premiere to the upcoming fourth season of Starz’s hit series Power, which will air on Sunday, June 25, starting at 12:01 am on the STARZ app and On Demand. The network on-air premiere will be at its regularly scheduled time of 9:00 pm ET/PT. Season Four of “Power” will consist of 10 one-hour episodes.

Held at The Newseum in Washington, DC., the Season 4 Red Carpet was star studded with The Real Housewives of Potomac, NBA players like Wizard’s John Wall, and I can’t even begin to name all the New York and Washington DC politicians that graced the red carpet but the Starz cast of Power outshined them all.

In attendance from the show were Executive Producer/ Actor Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and show creator Courtney A. Kemp, Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton, Lela Loren, Joseph Sikora, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, La La Anthony, Michael Rainey Jr, Rotimi Akinosho, DonShea Hopkins, Larenz Tate, William Sadler, David Fumero, Shane Johnson, Matt Cedeno, and Sung Kang. 

Like everyone else holding their breath until Sunday, June 25 I want to know what to expect. Well, once again, according to the cast and creator the darker and sexier side of raw human nature will prevail on the upcoming season of Power. “It’s like it always is. I don’t expect you to watch an episode of Power without you pausing and saying, ‘What the hell did they just do?!’ That’s what Power’s designed for,” said Creator/Writer Courtney Kemp.

Like a true boss and Executive Producer, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s presence spoke volumes in the midst of his silence as he let the cast take the lead and shine.

Omari Hardwick (Ghost) and Joseph Sikora (Tommy Egan) were tight lipped but Sikora did say, “For at least the first episode we’re not together (Ghost and Tommy).” Hardwick added, “As you know in the first episode I’m (Ghost) locked up. We’re so used to working with each other and now all of a sudden the series shifted to a point where we’re not necessarily working so much together.”

I also discovered there will be some surprising twists and turns for characters Mike Sandoval, Shane Johnson, Tariq St. James, and Dre. David Fumero (Mike) said, “Survival is the theme for Mike. By the decisions he’s made, he’s found himself in a very scary jungle and somehow has to get out and get out alive.” Regarding surprises for this season all he would say is “Mike keeps getting away with things.”

Michael Rainy Jr. (Tariq) dropped this, “I didn’t expect people to hate Tariq so much. I don’t want to give anything away but it gets crazy! Tariq has the I don’t care attitude this season. He’s like I don’t care and I’m gonna do what I gotta do to get it. It’s a build up from last season because before Tariq use to be quiet and to himself and now he’s lashing out and getting crazy.”

Now I was a little scared but Shane Johnson (Cooper) definitely peaked interest with this tidbit “Cooper has a dark side. He’s got some sexual deviance in his past and we’re still figuring out what that is.” And Rotimi Akinosho (Dre) kept it short but intriguing “It’s the rise of Dre; Don’t believe me just watch.”

While the entire cast is returning there are some exciting new editions, Larenz Tate (House of Lies, Game of Silence, Love Jones) and William Sadler (Iron Man 3, The Green Mile). Tate plays Councilman Tate and expressed his excitement about joining the cast and said, “The storylines and plots are elevated this season. I don’t want to give any spoilers. Councilman Tate is a decent fella but he’s a politician.” And just know, “ You ain’t gotta love him but you gotta respect him,” said Tate about his character.

Sadler’s character Tony Teresi “has a violent background when you meet him in jail. He’s obviously capable of messing people up but he’s also capable of love. It’s a wonderful combination; he’s not just a simple badass gangsta dude. There are people in his life that he loves very much.” I tried to push for more but Sandler left me and all Power fans with this, “I wish I could tell you more but I can’t. Make some popcorn, re-watch the last three seasons, and then glue yourself to your TV for season 4.”

Season 4 will open with “Ghost” behind bars, following his highly publicized arrest by his ex-girlfriend, Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela Valdes, for the murder of FBI Agent Greg Knox – a crime he did not commit. Ghost can’t outrun his past choices and mounting enemies this season, which threaten his freedom and his family’s safety at every turn. His fight for redemption brings him face-to-face with the Feds, the media, new allies, and old foes. But the biggest obstacle for Ghost remains himself and his internal struggle between the man he wants to be and the one he really is.


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