The Power Of Courtney Kemp

Never underestimate the power of a strong, smart, committed woman.

In 2013 Courtney A. Kemp — a 1994 Staples High School graduate who went on to Brown University, then earned a master’s in English literature at Columbia — created a visionary television drama.

It was about New York’s “rich and infamous,” and the international drug trade. She called it “Power.”

It was the writer-producer’s first pitch ever. Starz loved it — and bought the series. Kemp was nominated for an Emmy. Ebony Magazine named her to its (naturally) “Power 100.”

Her co-producer was Curtis Jackson — the Grammy Award-winning rapper/actor/director/entrepreneur known as “50 Cent.”

Courtney A. Kemp with her “Power” producer 50 Cent.

The duo know all about power. And next month (August 14, 7 p.m., The TimesCenter, New York) they’ll discuss “Power” at a New York Times Talk.

Topics include the creative origins of the show, and the importance of culturally diverse narratives on our sociopolitical landscape.

Sounds like a very powerful evening.

(Click here for more information and tickets. Hat tip: Mary Condon)

6 responses to “The Power Of Courtney Kemp

  1. Bravo, Courtney!!

  2. Terrific, thanks.

  3. Mary Condon

    I enjoy watching reruns of “The Good Wife,” one of Courtney’s older shows.
    I plan to watch “Times Talk” on my iPad. Congratulations, Courtney!
    Mary Condon

  4. cool.  u r famous too!!!Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

  5. Diana Sawicki

    Another Staples graduate that makes us proud. Congratulations Courtney!

  6. Mary Cookman Schmerker

    WOW! Good wife was one of Courtney’s. I catch the reruns from time to time but did watch when it was prime time.