EBONY Magazine: July/August 2018 – Omari Hardwick

Power star Omari Hardwick is featured in the July/August 2018 issue of EBONY Magazine.

In the issue:

Killer, drug kingpin, husband with a girlfriend on the side, and built like Black Superman—now that’s a man without a confidence problem. But that’s James “Ghost” St. Patrick, the alter ego-packed protagonist Omari Hardwick portrays on the Starz crime drama Power.

Hardwick’s real-life story is very different. He discussed his own dance with power recently between bites of his pasta, chicken and string beans lunch following his EBONY cover photo shoot in Brooklyn, New York. As a kid, Hardwick, 44, dreamed of a professional sports career after receiving a football scholarship from the University of Georgia. “I had moxie and confidence as an athlete, but I was masked with 60 other athletes on the football team,” Hardwick says. When not playing a leading role, “I was masked by 50 other people on the set.”

After a professional football career didn’t happen, Hardwick went hard into acting—paying for acting classes by working many jobs at once. He was a substitute teacher and coach at Campbell Hall, an Episcopal day school in the Studio City area of Los Angeles. He sold women’s shoes at Nordstrom, worked catering halls and did security gigs “when I still had 200 pounds of football weight on me.”

On Power, Hardwick plays a man attempting to cut ties with the drug world, where he is known as Ghost, and become legitimate businessman James St. Patrick, while trying to rekindle his relationship with his high school sweetheart (who calls him “Jamie”). Hardwick says, “The show has been good for me.”

Still, Hardwick says he’s doing what he can to make some things better. “I was always involved in giving back to the community, and I always felt I could give back in time, not necessarily money,” he explains, emphasizing that time spent with his children and with other young people is more valuable to them.

The Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network is an after-school spoken-word poetry program free to students in Florida attending Broward, Dade and Palm Beach County schools. Through the Real to Reel film competition, Hardwick helps celebrate aspiring Black filmmakers who are at least 21 years old. The winner receives a private screening of their work and $10,000.

Power airs Sundays at 8/7c on Starz.

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Photography: Dennis Leupold / Stylist: Ashley Pruitt / Barber: Johnny Cakes / Grooming: Aanita Gibson

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Regard Magazine: June 2018 – Lela Loren

Power star Lela Loren is featured in the June 2018 issue of Regard Magazine.

From the digital issue:

The success of Power is phenomenal. How have you appreciated the development of Angela’s character throughout the seasons?

“Throughout the seasons, no matter what happens she’s completely unable to stop loving Jamie. She tries to stamp it out, but fails continually. This gives such a human, vulnerable, even childish counterpoint to her slick professionalism. Playing that contradiction is incredibly rewarding.”

There’s always been this back and forth tug of war between Angela and Ghost (Omari Hardwick). Despite some decisions, Angela is a strong woman that’s not afraid to fail. How do you think that translates to the audience?

“Though strong and intelligent, Angela is a character who doesn’t play by the narrow rules of society and morality. The power of Angela’s character is that whether you love her or hate her, she completely engages you.”

What can you share with us about Angela, her relationships and the rest of the cast for season two?

“It’s a season of ‘strange bed fellows.’ I’ll leave it at that.”

The season premiere of Power airs Sunday, July 1st on Starz.

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Photography: Dimitry Loiseau / Styling: Stephanie Amelie / Hair & Makeup: Valerie Noble / Location: Seventy 7 Lounge, Studio City LA

Preview: Starz’s ‘Power’ season 4 episode 10 “You Can’t Fix This”

The season finale of Power airs Sunday, August 27th and we’ve got a preview.

The episode is called “You Can’t Fix This” and here’s the synopsis via TV Guide:

When tragedy befalls the St. Patrick family, Ghost and Tommy seek retribution. Meanwhile, Tasha tries to keep things together at home; and Angela uses her own resources to figure out what Ghost is hiding.

Here’s a preview:

Power airs Sundays at 9/8c on Starz.

Preview: Starz’s ‘Power’ season 4 episode 8 “It’s Done”

A new episode of Power airs Sunday, August 13th and we’ve got a preview.

The episode is called “It’s Done” and here’s the synopsis via TV Guide:

When Ghost sees that the location for the business is gang-infested, he re-teams with Tommy to clean it up. As Tommy threatens war, his organization starts to destabilize. Tariq is unhappy and looks to some old friends.

Here’s a preview:

Power airs Sundays at 9/8c on Starz.

Preview: Starz’s ‘Power’ season 4 episode 6 “New Man”

A new episode of Power airs Sunday, July 30th and we’ve got a preview.

The episode is called “New Man” and here’s the synopsis via TV Guide:

Ghost finds himself trapped in a new business venture. Tommy escapes to Chicago for a meeting that takes a turn. With Ghost released, Jukebox and Kanan revisit their plan to kidnap Tariq.

Here’s a preview:

Power airs Sundays at 9/8c on Starz.

Preview: Starz’s ‘Power’ season 4 episode 5 “Don’t Thank Me”

A new episode of Power airs Sunday, July 23rd and we’ve got a preview.

The episode is called “Don’t Thank Me” and here’s the synopsis via Zap2it:

Silver warns Ghost that Tasha may have to testify; Angela tries to find a way to stop the prosecution after she learns of Ghost’s innocence; Teresi plans to eliminate Ghost.

Here’s a preview:

Power airs Sundays at 9/8c on Starz.