‘Power’ Showrunner Courtney A. Kemp Based Ghost and Tariq off Her Relationship With Her Father

by Jeremy Spirogis
Michael Rainey Jr., Rotimi Akinosho, Naturi Naughton, Lela Loren, Omari Hardwick, Joseph Sikora, and "Power" Creator and Executive Producer Courtney A. Kemp attend the Starz

Drug supplier turned businessman and doubtlessly the subsequent lieutenant governor, James “Ghost” St. Patrick was the middle of Power. However, his son, Tariq, murdered him in his nightclub to guard his household. While creator and showrunner Courtney A. Kemp didn’t kill her father, she revealed that a lot of the difficult relationship between Tariq and Ghost is derived from her and her father.

Michael Rainey Jr., Rotimi Akinosho, Naturi Naughton, Lela Loren, Omari Hardwick, Joseph Sikora, and "Power" Creator and Executive Producer Courtney A. Kemp attend the Starz 'Power' Fifth Season NYC Red Carpet Premiere Event
Michael Rainey Jr., Rotimi Akinosho, Naturi Naughton, Lela Loren, Omari Hardwick, Joseph Sikora, and ‘Power’ Creator and Executive Producer Courtney A. Kemp attend the Starz ‘Power’ The Fifth Season NYC Red Carpet Premiere Event | Jamie McCarthy

Courtney Kemp earlier than ‘Power’

Born in Norwalk, Connecticut, Courtney A. Kemp started studying faculty textbooks on the age of eight. She then began studying Shakespeare performs two years later and started to return along with her personal tales.

After receiving a bachelor’s diploma from Brown’s University and a Master’s in English Literature from Columbia University, she landed a job at month-to-month males’s journal, GQ, the place she labored for 3 years.

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Many alternatives got here Kemp’s manner attributable to her place, together with affords from tv producers to adapt her piece on interracial courting right into a present. Although the sequence by no means materialized, she realized she wished to turn into a tv author and moved to Los Angeles on the age of 26 to pursue her dream.

She turned a employees author for hit comedy sitcom, The Bernie Mac Show, after which wrote for different exhibits, together with Eli Stone, Justice, and The Good Wife. 10 years after transferring to LA, Starz greenlit the primary sequence she ever offered and pitched, crime drama sequence, Power.

Courtney Kemp says Ghost is predicated on her father

In an Instagram Live, the sequence creator revealed that “part of Ghost” is predicated on her father, Howard Kemp, Jr., who handed away in 2011, two years earlier than Power materialized.

Kemp described her father as a “brilliant and beautiful” but “troubled” promoting government, and admitted they’d a “complicated relationship.” She additionally revealed quite a lot of Ghost and Tariq’s advanced relationship comes from her and her father.

According to the author, her dad believed “image was everything” and thought trying, smelling, and sounding good “protects” blacks from “white people judging you.”

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Kemp defined her father thought that look was “so much of the battle,” and she or he took that “essence” and put it into Ghost when crafting the sequence.

She additionally famous her father spoke properly and “showed up” professionally, very similar to her central character.

Courtney Kemp addresses theories that Ghost remains to be alive

Additionally, the showrunner spoke on Ghost’s potential existence as many followers assume he’s nonetheless alive as a result of they didn’t see his physique. She defined that “everyone who knows him knows he’s dead” however can’t say if it’ll stay that manner.

Even although she famous the script was written for him to have died within the membership, Kemp additionally stated something may change in “the world of Power.”

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Additionally, a number of followers have theorized that Ghost murdered his father. The author confirmed that the lieutenant governor hopeful didn’t kill his dad however famous individuals who assume so are “paying attention.”

A viewer requested her if Breeze and Kanan murdered Ghost’s father, and whereas she stated, “there’s something there,” Kemp acknowledged she “won’t say much more.” Power Book II: Ghost premieres on Starz in September 2020.

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