Sunday, December 5, 2021

Courtney A. Kemp on the Sacrifices & Opportunities Made for ‘Power’

The LEXUS Uptown Honors Hollywood pre-Oscar gala took place on Wednesday, February 5 at NeueHouse in Hollywood. This year’s honorees were a diverse group of Black women making major moves in the worlds of film and television.

Writer, producer and creator of Starz hit show ‘Power,’ Courtney A. Kemp, Executive Vice President of Film Production at Warner Bros. Pictures Niija Kuykendall, writer, performer, producer and showrunner Robin Thede (HBO’s ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show) and actress/producer Marsai Martin (‘Blackish’)

The red carpet featured celebrities that included the stars of ‘Power’ Naturi Naughton, Joseph Sikora and Larenz Tate, Lahmard Tate (CW’s ‘All American’) writer/comedian Chris Spencer, media personality Tai Beauchamp, Actress Gabrielle Dennis, Comedian/actor Affion Crockett, Power Confidential host Terrence J, cannabis entrepreneur Al Harrington and “A Fall From Grace” star Bresha Webb.

In honor of Black History month and Black excellence, EUR’s Jill Munroe talked with the stars on the red carpet about continuing to honor Black women in Hollywood, the future of ‘Power’ and the importance of African-Americans being represented in the cannabis space.

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Courtney A Kemp (screenshot)
Courtney A Kemp

Courtney A. Kemp on what creating ‘Power’ has meant to her career:

“My whole life has changed. I think as a lot of women who are mothers, whose careers get bigger, I’ve had to make some sacrifices. I’ve missed some things. But overall, the ability to hire other women of color, other people of color, LGBT folks. Just being able to diversify the people behind the scenes, and the people telling the stories, that’s as important, if not more, as the people that are on-screen, that’s been a huge part of it. I’m very grateful.” 

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Larenz Tate (screenshot)
Larenz Tate

Larenz Tate talked about his experience working on the hit show with Kemp as his character Rashad Tate.

Listen, this has been a phenomenal experience for me. Courtney Kemp who created this show wrote this role that feels like it was written for me… and it was. It was something that I hadn’t done before. I wanted to come to a show that the culture is supportive of, and do something a little bit different. Something that people wouldn’t expect coming from me.

 

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