Omari Hardwick – Hollywood’s New Power Player


Written By: Korin Carney | Twitter: @k_alisse | Instagram: @ello_rinko


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If you haven’t seen the hit TV drama-series, “Power” on the Starz channel, you’re surely missing out! If you have, you most definitely heard of the very talented and even more handsome, Omari Hardwick!

Raised in “Decatur where it’s greater”, Georgia, Omari discovered his love for poetry at a young age and participated in a variety of sports in high school that allowed him to receive a scholarship to the University of Georgia for football. In college, Hardwick also become a member of the notable Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Some of Hardwick’s most recent roles include co-starring alongside Gabrielle Union on BET Network’s, “Being Mary Jane,” and most recently as James “Ghost” St. Patrick on Starz’s “Power!” Hardwick’s character James, is a successful nightclub owner in the Big Apple, struggling to separate himself from his dark past as the infamous drug dealer, “Ghost.” He is joined by the likes of Naturi Naughton, 50 Cent, Lela Loren and an outstanding cast of characters that are sure to make even the most skeptical of fans, true binge watchers!

The season 2 screening of the show in Atlanta was met with many local celebrities coming out to show their support. Some of the mentionable include celebrity hair guru Derek J, Mariah Huq of Bravo’s Married to Medicine, production masters Rock City, and a few of the “Survivor’s Remorse” crew including Tichina Arnold and Ronreaco Lee all came to show love for the premiere.


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Though time was limited and everyone was more than excited to pick up with season 2 where season 1 left us hanging, Omari was more than happy to answer a few questions for Kontrol!

Korin C: The director often shows Ghost in mirrored scenes where he’s reflecting on some of his decisions and sort of talking to his conscience. How does James/Ghost deal with that inner conflict?

Omari: I think we have show because he’s not dealing very well with his inner conflict. I don’t think we have a show if he figures that out. That’s when the series would end, when he figures out how to deal with the juggle within him. Whether that be the juggle between wife and mistress or trying to convince Tommy that there’s a better route for them or convincing himself to leave the drug trade. It was really smart and really brilliant for Courtney Kemp Agboh, our show’s creator, to create the mirror as a character on the call sheet.


Korin C: Is the show going to dive into any new places this season as far as new relationships being formed, changes of scenery, or any new faces?

Omari: I think New York is on the call sheet as a character. I think that the diaspora of the Latin community, which of course, we’ll explore the Asian community ultimately, the Russian community, and the Italian community. The first two seasons we see the dominance of the Latin community within New York. Obviously you’ll see Ghost speaking Spanish. And I think that the mirror would also be on the call sheet as a very integral part of not only my character, but all the characters having to really sort of brush their teeth and look deep and to see whether they can either change what they don’t like about themselves or whether they can figure out how to change it.


Korin C: Who do you feel has the better sense of style? Omari or Ghost?

Omari: Aw man, absolutely Ghost! I’m alright. I’m not chopped liver but I mean he’s phenomenal. Shout out to Frank Fleming, who’s our show’s stylist. He’s pretty amazing.

And there you have it! Be sure to tune into “Power” on Starz every Saturday at 9pm! This season will debut 10 episodes instead of 8 for all your viewing pleasure, so get that record button ready and dive in!




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