Fly ones we have a lot to unpack in the world of Power so let’s get to it. We took a week off from bringing you our recaps thanks in large part to last week’s episode being leaked and messing up the whole flow. So lets just jump into tonight’s very emotional episode that definitely had folks yelling at their television screens!
Last week’s episode of Power did the absolute most in an hour! There were so many twist and turns squeezed into one episode that left everyone’s heads spinning and mind’s completely blown.
Ghost and Tommy lost a very loyal soldier in Julio thanks to Dre’s sneaky ass. Kanan flipped on Jukebox and decided to save Riq instead of exacting his revenge on Ghost by killing them both. On top of having to saving Riq, Ghost also learned his wife made a deal with his enemy Simon Stern forcing him into working with him again. Tommy almost had Christmas cancelled on himself when he went to Chicago alone, BUT thanks to his convincing story – he made it out of the windy city alive. Oh and he also made peace with Holly in his own way by beating Holly’s molesting ass Uncle’s head in with a baseball bat. BRUH!
Now that we are all caught up , let’s get into this week’s episode of Black America’s new favorite Sunday pastime Power!
The Fallout From The Failed Kidnapping!
Tonight’s episode opens up with Ghost and Riq’s extremely annoying ass riding the train after surviving a very traumatic ordeal.
Now we are sure you are wondering why Ghost and Riq are riding the train home instead of taking a Uber or something?
Well we are just going to assume that this is Ghost just trying to make sure there is no evidence of both him and Riq being anywhere near that murder scene. The two of them look absolutely dazed and hell it’s understandable, Riq almost lost his life and Ghost almost witnessed it. Hell lets not forget that Ghost also just saw the man he tried to flame broil not too long ago save his son. So there is definitely a lot of processing going on between the both of them during that train ride back home.
Tommy finally gets back in town and quickly learns from Black Grimace (yes that’s his name) that Ghost and Kanan hit the stash house and killed one of the crew. After his ordeal in Chicago this was the last thing he thought he would have to be worried about.
At that exact moment Tommy gets a call from Ghost and he wants answers ASAP. Ghost doesn’t tell him much details just that something happened with his nephew and where to meet them. Tommy wastes no time and heads over to Ghost and Riq’s location to find out what happened to his nephew. As soon as he hops out the truck and ask’s Riq if he was okay? Riq immediately runs to his Uncle and gives him a hug.
That was a much better hug than the one he gave his own father last episode after he saved his damn life.
Riq gets in the car while his father and uncle chop it up and Ghost brings Tommy up to speed about what’s going on. Ghost reveals to Tommy that Kanan is still alive and that him and Jukebox were the ones behind Riq’s kidnapping. Tommy also had something to reveal as well and that was the fact that Tasha already received a ransom request that she failed to reveal to Ghost. Ghost breaks down exactly what happened between him Kanan and Jukebox and how Kanan turned on her. Tommy was basically like all of us last Sunday after hearing the story.
Before Tommy takes them home he has to know one thing from Riq. He asks Riq if Dre was telling the truth in regards to know anything about going on. This was Riq’s chance to redeem himself with the Power massive and guess what? He failed the test miserably by lying once again when he tells Tommy that Dre is pretty much clean on the Kanan matter.
Ghost and Riq finally make it home and are immediately greeted by Tasha whom has been worried sick about her son Riq. She immediately wants to know where they both have been all night? She wants the answer from the Riq especially and tells him not to lie to her about it either. Riq responds to his mother by raising his voice and pointing out that his mom lied to him about what happened to Shawn? Tasha was like:
Ghost reveals to Tasha that Riq was kidnapped by Kanan and that it wasn’t the first time it happened. After swallowing that tough pill, Ghost and Tasha head into the bedroom to argue .
The two go back and forth about the situation and why information was neglected to be share. Ghost takes it there by saying Tasha only had one job and she loses it. Tasha rips Ghost a new one by breaking down that not only did she have deal with his lying son, she also had scrounge up bail money and play housewife to keep Ghost stress free as instructed by Proctor. Tasha makes it perfectly clear that the only reason they are in this situation is because Ghost couldn’t keep stop messing with that fed punani.
During this year’s Essence Festival, Hello Beautiful, in partnership with Nissan and Universal Pictures, hosted a VIP red carpet screening for the new film GIRLS TRIP. Attending from the cast was Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Larenz Tate and Kofi Siriboe; director Malcolm Lee and producer Will Packer introduced the film. Hello Beautiful editors Allison McGevna, Shamika Sanders and Keyaira Kelly were also on hand to welcome guests.
Special guests included Ava Duvernay (filmmaker), Bevy Smith (radio/tv host), Big Freedia (FUSE TV), Issa Rae (HBO’s “Insecure”), singer/songwriter Tank, RonReaco Lee (Starz’ “Survivor’s Remorse”), Ari Lennox (Interscope Recording Artist), Karen Civil (social media maven), actress/singer Letoya Luckett, Shyann Roberts (June’s Diary); Fox’s “Star” cast members Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny, Brittany O’Grady and Miss Lawrence; actress/model Nomzano Mbatha, actress Essence Atkins, actress Bresha Webb, RCA recording artist Elle Varner, tv personality Tai Beauchamp; “Queen Sugar” co-stars Omar Dorsey and Timon Kyle Durrett; tv host Alesha Renee, rapper/tv personality Romeo, Mona Scott Young (Monami Entertainment), Yandy Smith (“Love & Hip Hop”), celebrity stylist Ty Hunter, radio personality Wild Wayne (WQUE) and more.
Producer Will Packer (Ride Along and Think Like a Man franchises, and Almost Christmas) presents Girls Trip, a new comedy from director/producer Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man franchise, Barbershop: The Next Cut).
When four lifelong friends—Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish—travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush. James Lopez, head of motion pictures for Will Packer Productions, and Preston Holmes, executive produce.
Four life-long friends decide to take a trip to New Orleans and tackle Essence’s popular annual festival. Jada Pinkett-Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish star in the Malcom D.Smith (The Best Man franchise, Barbershop: The Next Cut) comedy presented and produced by Will Packer (Think Like Man, Almost Christmas, Ride Along).
The ladies look to rediscover their friendship all the while drinking, dancing, brawling and of course find love in the big easy. The film also stars Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Kofi Siriboe (Queen Sugar) & Larenz Tate (Love Jones) so there is plenty of eye candy for the ladies in the film as well. Checkout the announcement trailer for Girls Trip above which hit’s theaters this Summer, July 21st .
Relevé Entertainment, in conjunction with Walgreens and AIDS Healthcare Foundation, hosted the eighth Annual Merge Summit from August 25-27, 2016 at the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.
The Merge Summit (Founder-Dr. Holly Carter; Co-Founder and Co-Chairwoman-Robi Reed; Chairwoman-Traci Blackwell) is a unique event created to inspire synergy with faith based and entertainment industry leaders to educate, uplift, and encourage attendees to aspire towards their professional and personal goals. The theme of this year’s celebration was “Infinite Possibilities” as a way to allow the Summit to serve as a proper launch pad to propel attendees into their vision.
The weekend opened with a formal opening Gala acknowledging the outstanding accomplishments of Senior Vice President of Prudential Financial-Dorinda Walker, ESSENCE Magazine Editor At Large-Mikki Taylor, founder and senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center (LWCC)-Dr. Bill Winston and Emmy Award Nominated Actor-Courtney B. Vance. This evening was hosted by celebrated actress/comedian/TV personality- Sherri Shepherd and featured performances by Jonathan McReynolds and Ezekiel (The Poet).
Nearly 60 of the industry’s top entertainers and executives led more than 20 interactive panel discussions, workshops and Master Class sessions covering music, television, film, creative development, branding and new media.
The Merge Summit’s featured participants included: Hit Fox TV Show Empire Co-Stars, Trai Byers and GraceGealey; Tina Knowles Lawson, Actor-Richard Lawson, Multi-Platinum GRAMMY Award Winning Singer/TV Personality-Michelle Williams; GRAMMY Award Winning Universal Motown Gospel Recording Artist-Tasha Cobbs; Monami Entertainment CEO-Mona Scott Young; Director, Supplier Diversity, Walgreen Co.-Rona Fourte; Blockbuster Producer (X-Men, Wolverine, and Fantastic Four), Ralph Winter; CEO, Liquid Soul-Tirrell Whittley, Co-Chairman of de Passe Jones Entertainment –Suzanne de Passe; EMMY nominated and Peabody Award Winning Motion picture and television producer and owner of Martin Chase Productions –Debra Martin Chase; Vice President Of Talent & Casting for Original Programming at BET Networks-Robi Reed; Head Of Talent and Casting for ABC-Ayo Davis; Walt Disney Studios Executive Vice President, Production, Tendo Nagenda; President of Studio Lambert-Greg Goldman; Film Producer and President/CEO of Franklin Entertainment-DeVon Franklin; President, Producers Guild of America CEO of Revelations Entertainment- Lori McCreary; Senior Director Of Development for BET Networks-Tamara Gregory; Film Producer/CEO, 1019 Entertainment-Ralph Winter; Casting Director/Producer (Empire, The Butler)-Leah Daniels-Butler; Head Of Television for Will Packer Productions-Korin Huggins; Revolt TV’s Head Of Programming-Kelly G; Vice President Of Talent Development & Inclusion-Disney/ABC- Tim McNeal; GRAMMY Nominated Producer-Harmony Samuels; Actresses: Meagan Good Franklin, LisaRaye McCoy, Brely Evans,Essence Atkins, Edwina Findley-Dickerson, Salli Richardson Whitfield; Actors: Larenz Tate, Dondré Whitfield,John David Washington, Sinqua Walls, Cornelius Smith; Spiritual Leaders: Dr. Cindy Trimm, Pastor Wayne Chaney, Dr. DeForest Soaries, Cindy Trimm, Shawn Bolz, Pastor Mark Baker;AuthorSophia Nelsonand many others.
As The Merge Summit intentionally believes in a holistic approach, guests were also treated to massages and relaxation techniques at The Wellness® Lounge.
In addition to the educational panel experience, attendees were invited to participate in entertainment based events, including a faith based comedy show, CHURCH OF LAUGH LIVE hosted by actor/comedian Jonathan Slocumb, The Playmakers and NotKarlton Banks and the FREE-PHYER XPerience Concert featuring Kierra Sheard.
As an added incentive for Platinum Level guests, the Merge Summit included an exclusive screening of The Birth Of A Nation, featuring a surprise post-screening Q&A with the film’s lead actor and director, Nate Parker, and TV personality/journalist, Jawn Murray.
“I wanted people to believe that this year’s summit was designed with them in mind to achieve the infinite possibilities that awaited them. From the personal testimonies, the feedback and word of mouth, I think the mission was accomplished. I feel humbled as this was God’s doing and it’s marvelous in my sight,” says Dr. Holly Carter.
n Saturday, May 21st in sunny Thousand Oaks, California, FLY guy Jamie Foxx and FLY gal Laura Govan hosted a TMNT themed karate kickback for over 40 kids.
The kids and their celebrity parents were treated to a day of turtle petting, exercise, pizza, and on-site karate classes. The ultimate experience for young and old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fans.
Notable guests in attendance were of course the hosts of the day Jamie Foxx, Laura Govan, Larenz Tate (Actor), DJ Kiss (Celebrity DJ), Mechelle Epps (Wife of Mike Epps), Miles Brown (ABC’s Black-ish), Zena Foster (Girlfriend of R&B Superstar Tank), Big Boy (Real 92.3) and Marsai Mountain (ABC’s Black-ish).
Everyone then gathered inside for a private screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of The Shadows. A perfect way to round out a totally awesome day.
For more photos from the amazing event check out the gallery below:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of The Shadows is in theaters June 3rd, 2016.
Actor Larenz Tate is behind the lens for Melanie Fiona’s dope visual for her ballad “Wrong Side Of A Love Song” which has been nominated for a Grammy award for “Best Traditional R&B Performance”. In the video Melanie puts the good with the bad in a relationship question how her love with her beau in the video ( Omari Hardwick ) went from good to bad. We even get to see Melanie get a little spicy in the visual , something we are not accustomed to seeing. I for am not complaining at all. Check out the amazing visual for the awesome cut off Melanie’s “The MF Life” below.