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.”
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)