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Starz POWER SERIES FINALE


In Episode 027 of the Naked Proverbs podcast, Rich and Nik Scott discuss the series finale of Starz Power.



Nik:

Welcome back to the Naked Proverbs podcast where we unclothe the truth about Black love family and marriage. My name is Nik Scott, one of your hosts, and I'm here with my husband,

Rich:

What's going on? It's your boy Rich. And today, we're gonna talk about Power.

Nik:

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Rich:

My mic sounds nice.

Nik:

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Rich:

As always, on every episode, we love to say thank you. Because Well, we just like to say thank you.

Nik:

Yeah, we do. And thank you.

Rich:

We don't want to take you for granted.

Nik:

We sure don't. And can I just say something to our listeners,

Rich:

you can say whatever you want girl, it's your podcast.

Nik:

Listen, listeners.

Rich:

Listen, now.

Nik:

We appreciate y'all. A couple podcasts ago, we gave a little assignment on how you can support the Naked Proverbs. And so many of you have done that. We see you. We love you. Thank you so much for your support. We appreciate you.

Rich:

Thank you.

Rich:

After six seasons of Power it's finally over. Now I know when you heard us say that we were going to talk about power. You were not assuming we meant to show on Starz.

Rich:

Yes, they were.

Rich:

Naw this is love and nakedness and proverbs and family and like, how does that even relate to Power?

Nik:

Of course, it relates to Power because Power was all about all of the things you just said family and love and marriage and Blackness. Power is about all of the things that we talk about on this podcast. So, I know that our listeners were savvy enough to know that you were talking about Power that comes on or came on Starz.

Rich:

Okay, so I know that you know, the last episode was almost two weeks ago now. And maybe you've watched this show, maybe you have not, so we are not going to ruin anyone's viewing pleasures. But we do want to talk about some themes and some correlations that we have seen as we could, we pretty much watch that's one of our date night things that we like to do, that we've done over the years. And we usually are always behind on episodes. But we like to go back and watch Power, you know, and have some popcorn, glass of wine, whatever. And so, for me, you know, we were talking about topics. At first, I was like Power? I'm thinking seriously not in the sense of the TV show, but power within marriage, right. But then my brilliant wife started to point out some of these things that were happening in Power or have happened in Power that are very relevant to Naked Proverbs.

Nik:

Absolutely. The first thing that I want to tackle, we're gonna get this out the way because even when we were writing our notes, you said that I get passionate and on a soapbox about this one

Rich:

you do

Nik:

is

Rich:

y'all watch.

Rich:

And see how she laughing, she ain't about to be.

Nik:

Is about the position of the Black woman in the family. And we know that Tasha was a woman that held it down from season one all the way through season six. Black women, I say black women, but I really think its women in general like

Rich:

I would agree.

Nik:

We all hold it down for our families we often do whatever it takes to keep our families together and we see Tasha doing this throughout the entire show. But what pissed me off is by the end is that Tasha

Rich:

how the show ended for her.

Nik:

Yeah,

Rich:

I feel like you know, I struggle in life because I am a person that believes in karma. And I believe that good should always win out even though statistically speaking that is not always the truth but, in my mind, I believe it should, you know, win out. And while Tasha and Ghost both had me many, many failures. I still felt like she got the rawest deal of everybody

Nik:

she did

Rich:

And I mean and Ghost didn't even see season seven.

Nik:

No, he didn't. Season seven, season seven.

Rich:

I know. But I want to ruin it for nobody.

Nik:

But the thing for me is like, how many times does that story has to be told in the entertainment, in the media for it. Like, it's not a real story. I mean, like, we are holding it down, but we're not holding it down by ourselves. Like at this point, we have men that are with us, our children are helping it keep it together. And as strong as we are, we can't do it all by ourselves. Tasha did it all by herself. And the way that it ended for her was unfortunate and sad. And it's a story that we have seen played out time and time again, in different ways. In different ways.

Rich:

You know, we see women take the rap for things that is not as like, how did that even happen, right? How did we end up here? And for me, I think, with Tasha I struggle with all of it just because I feel like you had opportunities to change your lifestyle, but you love that money so much you love that fame

Nik:

and that man

Rich:

that you just loved all that ,you love that lifestyle so much that you went all the way down the...because there was a point in one of the episodes where it showed how she really had like some opportunity coming out of you know high school she was smart and could have gone on to college and done other things but she got drugged down by a man. That's one thing you know we talked about topics in Rower right.

Rich:

Another one that I struggled with was 'you’re the man of the house' now this is a few episodes, you know seasons back excuse me. What was his name? Tariq?

Nik:

You know the boy's name.

Rich:

I don't like speaking that boy's name he needed good spanking

Nik:

he needed one for sure

Rich:

He needed it; he still need one. If I see him today. I'm gonna take my belt off.

Nik:

Why everybody want to whoop Tariq?

Rich:

Because Tariq need his butt beat. That's part of his problem. He thinks he's a man. And part of being a man is not just being of age. It's almost the whole anybody can make a baby but not everybody's a father. It's like, look at 10, 11 you are capable of making a child but that doesn't mean that you are capable of being a father. And to me, it's the same. You're the man of the house. So, at one point when Ghost, what was Ghost's name? What his other name was?

Nik:

His real name?

Rich:

No, not, his real name but his stage name.

Nik:

Oh, Jen, James, Jim.

Rich:

Jimmy.

Nik:

James. Jamie.

Rich:

Jamie St. Patrick?

Nik:

James St. Patrick. But they called him Jamie.

Rich:

Well, when James. No, the girl, his one off call called him Jamie.

Nik:

Okay.

Rich:

His name was James.

Rich:

When James left his house, to go live with his other a woman’s, his wife, Tasha told that boy at one point like your dad's gone now you're the man of the house. And that played itself out in a way where this boy put himself in some very manly decisions, not only in how the final episodes went,

Nik:

Right,

Rich:

but even leading up to them. He's out here slinging drugs and trying to be this man, trying to protect his mother and doing things that no boy should be forced into, or even feel that they are responsible for, because he's making decisions. And we know because we have a teenage daughter, daughters without fully understanding the consequences of his actions. Why? Because he's a kid. And I think that in our community, we find this happening sometimes where we are telling these boys that they're men. And they really believe it. And they find themselves making decisions based off of thinking they're men. But not even having the mental capacity to understand what that means.

Nik:

So, there's two things that I want to address in what you just said. And the first one is to Tariq being the quote unquote man of the family. Again, this narrative of Black boys being appointed to be the man of the household because the dad is absentee, for one reason or another, I just feel like it needs to stop. It's tired and is played just like the narrative of Black men leaving their perfectly gorgeous, capable, brilliant Black wife, for some other woman of another race or ethnicity.

Nik:

First of all, that's not even true.

Rich:

It's not.

Nik:

That's, that is a lie. That is a trick of the enemy. That got people believing that when Black men get a certain caliber or a certain level or just even when they first starting that they want these women of opposite races. You know how many beautiful Black women and beautiful Black men are together and married and how been married and live happily ever after?

Rich:

A whole lot.

Nik:

But yet you don't see the stories being played out on TV, you don't see it. And Power had a cult following. Power had a huge platform. And I feel like there were so many missed opportunities because the main family was a Black family. There were so many missed opportunities. You still could have had the drug game, you still could have had the violence, you still could have had the like, there's you still could have told the same story. But you didn't have to break up the Black family. You didn't have to treat the Black woman like everybody else treats the Black woman.

Nik:

I loved power did not miss one single episode in six seasons. But I think that the writers, as many Black folks is on that staff, as many Black folks is producing these episodes. I think that folks need to start looking at things through a different lens. At what point does the Black family, the Black man, the Black woman, the Black son, get to live the American dream without being broken up?

Rich:

With that. The lack of respect for marriage.

Nik:

Yep.

Rich:

Like you don't have to tell a story that is engaging and gets people interested only through the lens of a lack of respect for marriage because let's be real, everyone lacked the Respect for Marriage and power. Yeah, everybody was sleeping with someone that wasn't their spouse. Everyone was sleeping with their spouse

Nik:

That's fine. It makes good TV.

Rich:

It makes good TV, but there comes a point where you can't make good TV without just disrespecting marriage? Like just like you say you don't have to disrespect, because you know what every Black couple is not out there with a side chick. Every Black man ain't looking for somebody else. Every Black woman ain't dissatisfied at home and beat down and emotionally broken. Like it's okay for us to show flourishing happy marriages.

Nik:

I agree.

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Rich:

And I know that we're talking about Power, right we're talking about a movie that they pre whatever you call the intro is imitation cocaine exploding everywhere right? So, I get that. But I think for me, my point is, name a show where that's not happening where you are not destroying the Black family or you are not making marriage seem like it doesn't matter, where you not putting somebody on drugs, or you are not having infidelity. Like, where the Cosby shows a Fresh Prince's like where are those shows that show Black marriages and families can be normal?

Nik:

They don't have them anymore.

Nik:

And I think that in a situation like Power, the storyline, right, you ain't got to do all of these things that we're saying, right? Pick just one or two. Like why does the little boy got to be the man of the house? How come the daddy couldn't just stay in the house and then the Daddy? Why couldn't at the end, and this isn't a spoiler alert because everybody knows what happens at the end. Why couldn't it be that this Black man could live his best life?

Rich:

And you know what? And I think for me, because let's be real. A lot of what's written in Hollywood comes from factual pieces, because that's what makes it interesting because it's like, well, that could really be real life.

Rich:

Well, let's take a real life example of someone that I don't know personally. But I've heard enough stories and I believe it's true for what I know. Jay Z.

Rich:

Jay Z was a corner boy. At least that's the story he's given. He was someone that was out on the streets peddling drugs, making good money, didn't realize that there was no future in that. Now the guy is a multi-billionaire, married to Beyoncé, Bay

Nik:

to Bey

Rich:

Bey, Boo, Bam, Bang, whatever you want to call her. He's married to her. He has a family. He has made mistakes, but they have worked through them together. They are building an empire. And I'm not saying I agree with Jay Z's beginnings or his current situation or anything else. All I'm saying is, to me, that's a positive Black story.

Rich:

You know, you take someone that didn't have the best opportunities, made some really bad choices, but chooses to change their life. And now look at them. How come that couldn't be the story right? How come Ghost couldn't become Jamie the Attorney General?

Nik:

Why couldn't he?

Nik:

Like why is that so far-fetched.

Rich:

Why did he have to be killed? And how come his family had to be broken apart? Like I'm not saying that we can't have a story of negativity. But how do we get it to be a positive spin at the end instead of it always just being like, yep, it sucks to be you. And yep, it's gonna suck when you die because Oh, well.

Nik:

Well, A) I always believe the entertainment industry and the media always, always subtly reminds Black people to stay in your place. Okay, that's number one.

Nik:

B) I don't think that it is a matter of negative and positive. I think that it is a matter of how powerful these images and these stories are in our lives. We know that children are watching these things. And the more that you see something, the more that you become desensitized to it.

Nik:

That's what brainwashing is, if you ever go and study brainwashing, and see how, how it happens, it's nothing that's blatant and beat over your head. It's just these little bitty things. And if people are not free thinking or woke enough to use a trite, common word, to catch some of the things that we're talking about in this, people just believe that that's what it is, and that's not what it is, and it's fine if you're looking at it through the lens of entertainment. I've said it before I love the housewives, I'm gonna position enough where I can see and get what I need to get from it and leave the rest there, but I don't know if the majority of people who are watching these things are. So, to me, it's not even a matter of negativity and positivity or any of that. It's the power that this show had in influencing the thoughts and the behaviors of the viewers.

Rich:

Because I'm gonna give another example of a story that is in history books. And is a proven fact.

Rich:

During Prohibition, there were multiple families that didn't look like ours, that illegally ran booze from one direction of the United States to the other. They built empires.

Nik:

Yep.

Rich:

They then took those funds and started legit companies. And some of those people's their families are sitting in Congress right now. Some of those families have been in the top position in the United States. They have been the President of the United States and no one makes that sound like a bad deal, right? No one saw anything wrong with these families that did wrong. And I'm not condoning doing wrong to get on your feet. But I'm saying like, it's it happened. It's part of our history in America.

Rich:

Yet when it's done in the Black community, you can never wash yourself clean enough from what you've done. You can never move forward. You have to end up like Ghost dead or family totally destroyed. Like there's no opportunity for the world to see you as Mr. Carter, you always got to be Jay Z. You always got to be the boy that started on the corner. Even though you are doing more philanthropic things than half the people talking crazy about you. 99% of the people talking crazy about you. You are doing more to change and open up doors for others. Like I said, I'm not condoning that lifestyle

Nik:

Not at all.

Rich:

because there are other ways to change your life. But do you really have to, like when do you get some redemption?

Nik:

When do you? Everybody else gets redemption and we don't have to condone it. I mean, we're talking about it. And obviously, neither one of us really truly know what it's like to live like a drug lord and all that. However, again, from that perspective, and from the lens of Power, I agree, like when, when, when do we get to win.

Rich:

And I think that's my thing. Because Naked Proverbs is all about building up our beautiful families and our marriages. I want to see even in my entertainment, things that are doing just that. I want to be able to turn on TV like how we talked last weekend, about being surrounded by all these beautiful, loving Black couples. I shouldn't be unable to find that. In every other aspect of my life, right?

Rich:

I should be able to find that in my entertainment, I should be able to find that in my music, I should be able to find that in the people that I surround myself with. Like I shouldn't be limited in where I can find positivity as a Black man, or a Black family, or a Black mother or our children. Like we should be able to find that in every venue possible.

Nik:

Thanks, so much for tuning in to this week's episode of the Naked Proverbs podcast. We want you to truly have a happy marriage. We want you to continue to thrive in your marriages and indulge in your spouses on a regular basis.

Nik:

Don't forget to follow the Naked Proverbs on whatever podcasting platform you listen on.

Nik:

And we will talk to y'all in the next episode.

Rich:

Peace.

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