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Power: The Mythology, History and Predictions

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Its all coming full circle now, I see where its all leading to. These characters are becoming new people, who their going to be when the show ends. The break up and fall of the Patrick dynasty. I envision Tariq will inherit Ghost’s drug business, and possibly become the man who his father wanted to be…legit, or Tariq will be the biggest goddamn drug dealer in NYC.

Similar to how the series Vikings introduced the next generation, Power may do the same. Look to the past; Ghost’s dad was a drunk who briefly owned a club, and lost it. Ghost reached heights his father didn’t, but struggles to escape the drug life. It might be this tragedy will end at the third generation with Tariq achieving what grandfather and father desired: legit businessman with an empire of legit businesses.

If Tasha goes to jail next season its like the season 4 plot all over again, repetitive. But history repeats itself, and the writers of the show embrace that philosophy. The actions, executions, and consequences of Tasha’s storyline in season five will be a different than what Ghost experienced in prison. The writers are brilliant. Either Tasha gets off or pulls a Cookie doing twenty years. Ghost becomes a single father with a redemption story between him and Tariq next season. With Tasha in jail Ghost is going to have to really step it up. Honestly, this fool might ended up hiring some Latina nanny and banging her, after all that is his type. He was with Angela and eyed Queen Jimenez with lust.

As a father, this fool can’t be running the streets, especially after everything your only son has been through. I mean is Angie gonna adopt Yasmin, anything is possible. Everything is up in the air.

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We saw how great Kanan and Ghost work together, and that sequence will definitely be explored further next year with the inclusion of Tommy. Meaning we’re being treated to a family reunion. I do wonder will there be conflicts in the family because Kanan did almost destroy Ghost’s distribution network in the first season. Kanan did set up Ghost to kill Rolla, but hey even Rolla said “It was Kanan right, you and that nigga still cool after all these years.”

Ghost replied “he’s my friend.”

Rolla shot back with “I’m your friend.”

We know Kanan killed his own son, and we know that Ghost’s knows Kanan’s son was sleeping with Tasha. And Ghost don’t give a fuck about no one but himself, so it we ain’t got no reason worry. All the arguments between Ghost and Tommy, and they still tighter than a pair of balls. Now we got Kanan in the mix. These guys are more than friends, they are brothers.

The influence Kanan has over Tariq can definitely come in handy next season with Tasha gone. Kanan is in the position be a kingpin too. They destroy Dre, K and Tommy Toms will be the new connect. This where the dynasty theory comes in. Ghost finally gets out the game, hell he could move back to Queens and run against Tate in a political election in season six. Ghost running politics, K and Tom selling dope all over the city, and Tariq ruling as the prince. Its a dynasty and Tariq inherits both worlds. Now I see that though show is not about two brothers, but three. It is about brotherhood. Tariq is a brother and failed to protect Raina.

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I love how Dre is gonna be the villain next season. I am a little confused though if Three Brothers are planning to wipe out the Jimenez too? They might go after Crystobal first. Killing him further complicates Dre’s conquest. Crystobal and his Tainos have been Dre’s key ally this season. Through them Dre contracted the Torros Locos to kill Julio, and in the finale Ghost killed the leader of the Torros who confessed to killing Julio and Dre’s involvement putting Tommy on alert. Now he’s out for blood. Dre has really thrown himself into the fire: betraying Tommy, trying to kill Kanan, and now Tariq sold him out to Ghost. Tariq told Ghost it was Dre who told him where Ray-Ray was hiding, before that Ghost didn’t have a problem with Dre at all. I’m assuming Dre’s association with the man who killed his daughter makes him guilty and that’s why Ghost is teaming up with his brothers.

Truth is though the backstory to Raina’s death goes back 10 years when Ghost sent Kanan to jail. Kanan gets out goes after Ghost, recruits the man’s own son, and in the process Tariq is introduced to Jukebox and Ray-Ray. Had Ghost never betrayed Kanan Raina would still be alive. True story.

Back to Dre, I wonder where this plot will take us. Does Dre die, go to jail, or make it out alive and at the top. But how do they keep the Brothers on the show with Dre running shit at the top? Is a truce made which divides the kingdom into two? I can see it happening. My reasons for this theory has to do with Dre’s development as a character. He has come a long way; from Kanan’s bitch to Ghost’s general manager, to distro, and finally to position of connect. And I feel like there is still more pages to fill in the Book of Dre. Power has three seasons left, I said in an earlier essay that the ending of season four sets up the third and final act for the series, so that means with Dre becoming a big villain next year he has a huge part to play in the wars to come. Furthermore, the actor is signed to G-unit Records and is close to 50 Cent. This is 50’s show as much as its principal showrunner, Courtney Kemp.

Dre reminds me of Vincent Mancini/Corleone from the Godfather Part III. He’s cold, ruthless, deceitful, and ambitious. But Vincent’s character was never explored beyond Part III as Mario Puzo intended with a fourth and final film. Not saying the same will happen with Dre, but this guy has been in the mix since season two. I feel like there is an importance to him.

Funny thing about Dre is his persuasion in getting others to do his dirty work for him. However, the boy is deadly with a blade. He killed pink sneakers and Father Callahan with a knife.

This essay was the discussion of the mythology and history gathered in my own observation of the series throughout its run complete with predictions and other theories. Unfortunately, I have concluded more questions than answers. In the near future it is possible I will follow up this essay because I do wanna explore it further. Call it a foundation. Power airs Sundays at 9pm on Starz, catch up with the series via the Starz app or on Hulu.

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7 Elements of Historical Fiction

7 Elements of Historical Fiction

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Apparently, more than 10,000 people have read this post since I wrote it in March 2015. Who would have imagined? As it seems to be so popular, I thought I’d repeat it today. Enjoy!

All writers of fiction have to consider seven critical elements: character, dialogue, setting, theme, plot, conflict, and world building. While every story succeeds or disappoints on the basis of these elements, historical fiction has the added challenge of bringing the past to life.

Since I work best by example, I’m developing an explanation of the seven elements in the context of historical fiction.

Character – whether real or imagined, characters behave in keeping with the era they inhabit, even if they push the boundaries. And that means discovering the norms, attitudes, beliefs and expectations of their time and station in life. A Roman slave differs from a Roman centurion, as does an innkeeper from an aristocrat…

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X-Posted from Tumblr: A Theory on the Horn of Joramun

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Based off a long conversation from Twitter, but I’ve started to have some ideas about the Horn of Joramun, one of the more significant objects in the series if assumptions are right that it will bring down the Wall.

The Horn is a curious object, because it seems to have a strong duality about it: it’s known as both the Horn of Winter and the Horn of Joramun, and it is supposed to have  “woke giants from the earth” and it’s also supposed to have the power “bring this cold thing down.” And yet, even through Joramun was a King Beyond-the-Wall “in ancient days,” whom Jeor Mormont places as coming before the Horned Lord and the brothers Gendel and Gorne, and describes all of them as having “broke his strength on the Wall, or was broken by the power of Winterfell on…

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Beneath the Black Eagle was a Black Saint

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These fools in Charlottesville are psychotic! History has resurfaced and again no one wants to make the connection. White Supremacists are attempting to stage a Reconquista. At demonstrations in Charlottesville their waiving white shields with painted crosses identical to the ones carried by the Crusader knights during the Crusades, and the presence of banners with the black eagle of the Holy Roman Empire. The Nazis were obsessed with the Romanticism of medieval Germany. This idea to rediscover long-lost racial purity is a false hope. First, it’s not realistic. There was never a pure-white Europe, this is all fantasy. There were lots of minorities in medieval Europe, primarily Jews and Muslims.

Secondly, don’t these idiots know how downhill it went for the Christians. Short-term the Crusades were a slight success, but on the long-term a complete failure. If you are going to align your cause with any historical event then appeal to events where outstanding achievements were made and had legendary effects.

The beliefs and actions of white supremacists create distortion in history. My duty as a historian is to get the truth out, so I did some research and discovered the Egyptian saint who inspired the Holy Romans…yes white supremacists are in fact flying banners tied to a Christian man of color. The man I’m referring to is Saint Maurice. The story goes Maurice was born an Egyptian, which wouldn’t make him black. Instead his skin would be tan. It doesn’t make a difference he is still of color, which white supremacists find grotesque. Maurice was the leader of the legendary Theban Legion, one of the Roman Empire’s best fighting forces.

Maurice lived during the 3rd Century AD, early Christianity during its outlawed days. The Theban Legion are described as saints and martyrs by historians. Every one of its six-thousand troops were Christians. The legion’s name, Theban refers to the troops native homeland, Thebes, the capital of Ancient Egypt. During the time of the Romans, this imperial province was fiercely Christian. Diocletian and his co-ruler Maximian considered themselves sons of the gods

If you travel from Geneva to Rome you’ll come across a Swiss town named in honor of Saint Maurice. The Romans called it Aguanum. This is the location where Maurice and his entire legion were massacred on the orders of Empire Maximian. Maurice and Theban legion were called from Thebes to crush an uprising of the Bagaudae. When it was over the legion was ordered to take part in a pagan ritual requiring the sacrifice of Christians. Maurice and his troops refused the call to murder their Christian brothers and sisters.

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The Clash of Titans: Power Review

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In the words of Proposition Joe Stewart “I gotta hand it to Ms. Kemp, I didn’t see this one coming.” Almost 50% of the event I predicted last week came true. I thought episode five was the mid-season finale, but episode six certainly takes the cake. Starting off with Ghost, this fool is still trying to pull the same tricks and strings. After everything you done why are surprised Tasha did not sleep in the same bed as you. Ghost ignores it, walks into the kitchen, and pulls the “Oh hey well let’s just forget everything and start over.” Tasha declined his proposal to start over as a family again. I am not big Tasha fan, but I respect and praise her decision to give Ghost a second chance. Look at everything that’s happened. All the problems, stress, and disrespect Ghost has done to not only her, but their children too. How can someone still be naïve of these consequences?

Ghost’s heart was in the right place, but it was not the right time. The fool should remember Tasha and the kids been through a lot, especially Tasha who has been hard at working trying to hold it down in his absence. His offer to get back together was genuine, just not appropriate with the timing. Give her a few days, a week, a month even. Let the fire cool a minute bro. Ghost the type of nigga who wants it all his way and no one else’s. “Oh, where are the kids? Why aren’t they here?” And personally, I hate those type of guys. I understand you want to be a man, and it’s your house, but you are doing too much.

This fool didn’t even get a sympathy fuck. Damn. Why are surprised Tasha didn’t sleep in the same bed as you? That is the second time Ghost pulled that shit. Last season when Ghost needed Tasha to run

Ghost hovering over Tasha like a predator asking to be taken back. “T, you didn’t have to do that.” In that fake ass Drake voice when he asked why she slept in Raina’s room. Ghost needs to get himself a white girl and be done with it. End of story. I’m glad Tasha accepted that floater from Stern! Ghost knows he wants to play the Uncle Tom role, partner with Stern and become the new bank of Harlem.

Every character is coming into his/her own. For example, Kiesha is growing sick of Tasha and her bullshit. Keisha wants to remain uninvolved in drugs, she’s clean and wants to keep the only thing she has clean too; her beauty salon. Keisha isn’t like Tasha or have a rich, smart husband like Ghost. She only has herself, her son, and her shop. Tasha can say all she wants about how much she cares about Keisha, but the truth is she doesn’t. The interaction between them in last week’s episode proves. Tasha basically Keisha a whore when inquiring why Tommy has not responded to her messages and calls. Girls joke with each other all time calling friends hoes, bitches, and sluts. But this time was different, Keisha wasn’t in the playing mood. The girl stressed out. Keisha’s response was sarcasm basically saying, “yeah I’m a slut, I get around.”

No need to discuss Chicago too much. I think Chicago was unnecessary, the only part that made any sense was Holly’s rapist uncle in Ohio. My initial thoughts after all was “Ok, you’re going to write up some confusion in Chicago that story wise could be excluded to get Tommy to go to Ohio.” I don’t know I felt they could have done without it, or made up something better that leads to Tommy ending up in Ohio. However, after reading an interview Courtney did with Entertainment Weekly it all made sense. She stated her troubles with asking Starz to extend this season of Power to twelve episodes. Starz declined the request, which meant Courtney had to revise the story she intended to tell this season. So, for all we know the Chicago plotline might have had more to tell initially.

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Dre shitted all over Julio. I’m sick of Julio too, he a good dude but as distributor he can’t cut it. He meets up with Dre asking a thousand questions, and Julio did confront Dre about Kanan. He couldn’t call Tommy due to his absence. Dre’s was honest, and was even shocked Julio knows Kanan is alive. Dre showed no fear in that situation “you asking me question look you my bitch or something.” Right there Julio should have decked Dre. Dre brought the idea of expansion to Julio who wasn’t biting and needed Tommy’s permission. Dre hits him with “you know if ask Tommy before you meet with new primeras, he’s gonna be why I am always wiping your ass for you.” Once again Julio has been punked.

Julio redeemed his character by going out like a gangster. He was formidable, and even though I rooted for his demise I cheered him support, felt sad, and respect his refusal to die. He took three Toros Locos on, men he once called brothers. But the Toros hit is going to backfire. Dre specially told them not to make the assassination look like a Toros kill. The Toros either failed at the task or the removing of Julio’s tattoo was intentional. I think the latter.

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Let’s get to the highlight of the episode though. The one I was pumped for and put so much focus on in my last essay. Kanan’s Revenge. It seems a huge portion of my prediction came true: Ghost begged for forgiveness, he didn’t cry though. Kanan killed Jukebox. Kanan rode off into the sunset with all the money. I think Ghost was shocked to see Kanan was alive, a lot of fans were stating it didn’t look real enough. But what can you see when you see a ghost? There is no proper response. My only criticism is Kanan didn’t seem angry enough or strike the amount of fear necessary for a man who lost ten years of his life, but he was calm and focused.

Ghost had nerved to ask why Kanan kidnapped his son, which didn’t surprise me. Typical Ghost can never man up for your sins. Kanan’s jokes and jabs made the showdown that much more exciting. “We’re gonna rob Tommy’s stash house to get the money.” Ghost tells him. Kanan laughs with “you gonna rob your own friend.” The robbery turned the tide, and I don’t know if it was Ghost’s intention but it sure did manipulate Kanan. We also got to see how well they worked together in the past. From Ghost’s perspective, it seems it was normal when they robbed a crew Kanan left bodies and Ghost admired clean jobs without bloodshed. Ghost had the “oh my god, what the fuck” look on his face. Then Kanan takes it upon himself to steal valuables from the victims, and kick em, and Ghost is looking back like “damn K chill out.”

The whole scene was funny, very comical. Ghost on the phone not paying attention to what Kanan doing, and we the audience see Kanan kicking and robbing dude with the dreads. We really got a flashback episode with this. Flashback in the sense we see how they used to work together, and not some poor dumbed down normal flashback like when get on Empire or something.

As their driving to get Tariq, Ghost finally admits why he set up Kanan. But the “I loved you like a brother, I wasn’t gonna kill you.” Well you should have, isn’t more honorable to kill your former boss then send him to jail? I think so. Like I said though the robbery turned the tables, and think Jukebox’s constant bitching to Kanan and manipulation finally broke him. He was tired of her, and couldn’t trust his cousin. So, he gave Ghost a gun and said, “let’s go get Tariq.”

Unfortunately, Jukebox forced Kanan to confess who he was and who killed Shawn. Kanan admitted to it all, he was a real G here. “I’m a no-good motherfucker, I wasn’t raised to be good. I’d kill Shawn again if I have to.” That is what I love about Kanan’s character he can adapt to ever changing situations and is honest too. He takes responsibility for his actions. I really have no predictions, I was just surprised to see some of my predictions from last week come true with the bonus of a partnership between Kanan and Ghost. I think Kanan has skipped town and we will see him again in future seasons. As for Dre, well I tried I really did root for him, but there is no way he is making it out alive. His plans are dead.

A Dynasty Near Ruin

I have always been a man of reason and knowledge. Prior our departure from Barcroft (the capital) I gathered what information I could about Richmond Jasper; likes, dislikes, food preferences, and appealing traits. My time was short. I had to be not only quick, but accurate. The latter would surely be a jumble of truth and lies. Thankfully I had grown to know everyone in court, so I knew who reliable.

I went to Father Duncan, the elderly priest who baptized Richmond when he was an infant, and later tutored the novice in clerical study. Duncan was more than willful to discuss his former pupil. It was from this man I learned Richmond’s sensitivity, especially in regards to the image of his person. Richmond would throw rageful fits sbould any man mock him or whisper lies about him behind his back. This led me to conclude he would likely issue serious propaganda against our King and his supporters.

My predictions were right. Once the battle was concluded, and the usurper had rested I was summoned to his tent. In his hand was one of my books. He told me he was s fan of my writing, but not before asking if I had been harmed in the fighting. I answered truthfully and thanked him for his concern and kind words. He then offered me the office of royal scribe. I told him I already hold the position, and from the look in his eyes I not offense or anger, but admiration. He saw loyalty. Seems he was a man of reason too, because he didn’t offer me such items as gold or women, like most rebels do to obtain support.

Richmond Jasper determined that I remain prisoner, as a hostage and personal scribe. He even wrote in his will and testament that should he be killed I was to be freed and my New King informed I was not a willing participant in the propaganda used against him. 

So I rode in the Usurper’s company in chains, and given quill and parchment to begin an epic tale about the “conquest of the rightful king.” 

Jasper’s army captured Morganshire Castle, where the prince had been staying with his guardians. But Richmond found the castle empty. Angry, he commanded it be burned and razed to the ground with its remaining household still inside. Strange how in public he was strongly ruthless, but in private was soft and kind. It seems the prince had fled.
King’s brother learned of defeat and rode to Morganshire to fetch his nephew, missing us by a few hours. Although he did encounter skirmishers along the way. He too was angry, and decided to reroute his forces and head for Barcroft

Outside the city he laid siege to the capital demanding the “reinstated” city sheriff surrender the city and the queen unharmed. This sheriff had been fired by Our King. It seems he gathered policemen still loyal to him, overthrew the new sheriff, and seized control of the city. Plotters within the Our King’s castle arrested Our Queen, my best friend and thrown her into the Tower.

A Requiem For King Richard III

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In only a few weeks’ time we will reach the untimely demise of one of history’s greatest kings, Richard III of England. Slain in the “act of fight not flight” on Bosworth Field. England’s last Yorkist king, none since him have died in battle. He was killed whilst charging for his opponent Henry Tudor. Those three reasons are why I find Richard…King Richard III to be England’s most valiant king. He fought with his troops, stood strong until the end, and refused to yield, even though it cost him his life. The man was the last of his line, the last direct descendant of Henry Plantagenet, he was a widower and childless. Bloodlines and family casualties certainly took their toll on our poor king, but did not slow his soul. He remained focused, strong, and diligent in his duty as king. An honorable man in a field of treachery surrounded by many foes and few friends. Historians disgusted by Richard III will have you believe he murdered his nephews, but I call bullshit. As I said he was surrounded by treachery, and this king was known to be honorable and just. So, I ask you what Just man murders children in their beds? I’ll wait.

Richard was hated for how he wanted to teach the common people literacy.

Hated for his honesty.

Hated for being incorruptible.

Hate and treachery brought him down from grace.

He wasn’t perfect, but he was a fine administrator. I understand the misgivings people have regarding the usurpation of his nephews, but I think Richard had no choice but to seize the crown. The Woodevilles had deep influence over young Edward V, and when the family failed to notify Richard of his brother’s death then stole the treasury and fleet, and tried to thwart the wishes of the late Edward IV. The Woodevilles were guilty of treason and dishonor. This preemptive strike forced Richard to defend. The scars of the Wars of the Roses haunted all factions even Richard, which is why I believe he put his nephews Edward V and Richard of York in the Tower of London. It really was for their protection. Richard didn’t want the boys to slip into their mother’s hands, for if they did Elizabeth could raise support from noble lords in England, muster troops, and overthrow Richard. And Richard was no fool, he wasn’t going to lose his head. This was pure survival. To be honest I don’t think Richard wanted to be king, certainly not in that way. I confess my belief in the truth that he was pushed to put on the crown not of his own volition, but by the persuasion of those around him.

This is only a brief analysis of our true King my aim in the coming weeks is to present my readers with an in-depth discussion and analysis chronicling Richard’s life, duties, epic deeds, and failures, and how he could have won the Wars of the Roses. I plan to deliver this presentation not as a single writing but as a series set to begin on the day of his death August 22, 1485.

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