Women Run the Show

The internal and external power that women possess cannot be denied. Our power exudes in everything we do; from our internal intuition, intellect and fortitude, to the miraculous strength to carry and push out another human being.

Actress & Singer Naturi Naughton

We’re seeing this same strength depicted on television today especially on Power, the hit gritty hip-hop drama on Starz.  We seeing it in its leading ladies, especially Tasha played by Naturi Naughton, who we interviewed on Café Mocha this week about her role and of course about biggest that she will ever play of mom. Natori has her first  child on the way.

The roles of the women on this show are written beautifully.  They are strong, vulnerable, complicated, and walking contradictions from Angela Valdes, played by Lela Loren, who is the Latina detective madly in love with drug lord James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Harwick) and Tasha’s husband, who we are also talking to on Café Mocha this week.  Yes, you’re welcome ladies.

                  Power Producer Courtney Kemp Agboh                            Photo Credit: Aaron J/RedCarpetImages.net

But seriously, no one was ready and better equipped to write and produce this project more than our third featured guest Courtney Kemp Agboh, the showrunner of POWER.

But Courtney didn’t always have power.  It wasn’t until a funny article for GQ about how to date a black woman caught the attention of some industry writers that her career took a different route. The plan was to turn the piece into a series. Though that project never came to fruition, the aspiring TV writer still had one foot in the door. Of course, we have our fingers crossed that it will come back to life, that’s a subject matter that so many of us live and would be sitting on the edge of our seats for, right?

Courtney has been paying her dues for a while now. In fact, before pitching the show that we now know and love as Power to Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and, she had already worked as a staff writer on The Bernie Mac Show.  She wrote for ABC’s legal dramedy Eli Stone, served as co-executive producer for the CW’s Beauty and the Beast and as supervising producer CBS’ The Good Wife.

Now, as a black female showrunner, Agboh joins an exclusive club that also includes Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes.  In our hearts, while we believe as Beyonce sang, that women run the world; however, when it comes to running a show Courtney once stated, people are more taken aback by her gender than her race. “I’d say it’s far more challenging to be female and be a showrunner,” she explained. “People are not surprised to see a black person running this show, but the female aspect is the thing that I get asked about.”  A sad, but true statement that still manifests itself in too many offices and studios across industries today.

With this in mind, let us take a page out of Courtney’s book when she says, “We have this weird Instagramy culture where you can become famous for not doing very much, [but] it doesn’t work like that,” she said. “If you wanna be your own boss, you gotta work your way up—have the skills.”

That’s a powerful statement by a powerful woman.  Power returns to Starz on June 25th.

Featured Image: Producer of Power: Courtney Kemp Agboh