Skip to main content

The Manual may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.

Everything You Need to Know Before You Watch Power Book III: Raising Kanan

Image used with permission by copyright holder

The latest installment to the Power series — Power Book III: Raising Kanan — is now available on Starz. A prequel to the incredibly successful Power franchise, it revolves around the coming of age of Kanan Stark, a young cocaine distributor who’s cultivating his own network of dealers across New York City. Ruthless and hard-hitting, this is the crime drama to watch right now. If you’re not already a subscriber to Starz, you can sign up for a one-week free trial right now giving you the opportunity to check out why Power is so good, entirely for free.

What’s Power All About?

Power tells the story of James St. Patrick, an intelligent but ruthless drug dealer who goes by the name Ghost. Planning to leave the criminal world to pursue his plans as a nightclub owner, the original show looks at how he tries to balance those two lives as well as his own complex personal life. Part family drama, part crime epic, it’s an engaging story starring Omari Hardwick, Lela Loren, Joseph Sikora, and Naturi Naughton.

Who Created Power?

Power is created and produced by Courtney A. Kemp, who’s best known for having written for such shows as The Good Wife and Beauty & the Beast. The show has been developed in collaboration with Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson who was an executive producer on the show as well as staring as drug dealer, Kanan Stark.

What’s Power Book III: Raising Kanan?

Power Book III: Raising Kanan is a spin-off to Power. A prequel, it’s set in Southside, Jamaica, Queens in the 1990s and chronicles the early years of Kanan Stark as viewers watch how he got into the drug dealing business. Originally played by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson in the earlier Power series, Stark is now played by actor, Mekai Curtis as it looks at his teenage years. It continues to be narrated by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. The show also features a cast including Omar Epps, London Brown, Hailey Kilgore, and many others.

Looking at how Stark rises up through the ranks and becomes less impressionable and innocent than during his youth, it forms a great basis for the character that fans have seen in the earlier Power series.

Besides looking at Stark’s life, Power Book III: Raising Kanan will also show the relationship between Ghost and Tommy, his best friend, and how they grew up together, so it’s an important part of the Power Book story. Right now, you can watch it entirely for free for a week courtesy of a Starz one-week free trial.

What Other Power Book Shows are There?

Power Book II: Ghost continues where the original Power ends, with the plan for Power Book IV: Force and Power Book V: Influence also in the works, looking at different sides of the same world.

Who is Power Book Aimed At?

Honestly, anyone that loves great drama. Due to how it deals with crime from various different angles, it’s a guaranteed hit for fans of shows like The Sopranos and The Wire but it’s also great for fans of family dramas due to how life is interwoven amongst the crime side of things too. Well written and hard-hitting, it’s the kind of drama that sticks in your mind for a long time to come with plenty of great talent highlighting the best acting out there right now.

How Can I Watch Power Book?

Starz is the exclusive home for the entire Power franchise in the U.S. and is the absolute best way to catch up on everything the thrilling show offers. Right now, you can sign up for Starz entirely for free with the Starz one-week free trial. That means a full seven days to catch up on everything the Power series has to offer.

After then, Starz costs just $9 per month so you’ve got plenty of time to catch up on the gripping crime drama that’s hooking the nation. Sign up now so you don’t miss out.

What Else Does Starz Offer?

Starz is the home of some fantastic content including one of the best places to watch cartoons online as well as a great source for the best Halloween movies. Other great content includes American Gods, Blindspotting, Outlander, and much more so there’s no shortage of great Starz Originals & Exclusives. Movies like Jumani: The Next Level and Bad Boys For Life are all available too, and Heels — a brand new original based around the WWE world, starring Stephen Amell.

With unlimited HD streaming and downloads, and the option to stream on up to four devices at once, it’s a great addition to your streaming arsenal.

Jen Allen
Freelance Writer
Jen Allen is a technology and lifestyle writer with over 10 years of experience.
The 11 best Robert De Niro movies to stream right now
From Raging Bull to The Godfather Part II, these are the roles that have defined De Niro's long career
Robert De Niro in Goodfellas

There are few actors working today who can match the career that Robert De Niro has had. Some, like Brad Pitt or even George Clooney, have been in plenty of great movies, but even they don't stack up to the kind of career that De Niro has had over the last half a century. De Niro's success can be chalked up, at least in part, to his collaboration with great directors. De Niro has been in some of Martin Scorsese's best movies, and Scorsese isn't the only director who knows how to use him.

Really, though, it's De Niro himself who deserves a lot of the credit. Although he's been in plenty of schlock, the best movies of his career are up there with the best movies ever made. When he emerged on the scene, De Niro showed off his ability to play a range of different types, and his skills have only deepened as the years have gone by. Keep reading and find out what Robert De Niro movies you cannot miss if you have already.

Read more
The 12 best Adam Sandler movies (they’re not all comedies)
From Uncut Gems to Happy Gilmore, these are the films that defined Sandler's career to date
Henry Winkler (left) and Adam Sandler in The Waterboy


What is there left to say about Adam Sandler? The Sand-Man has been a fixture of pop culture for well over 20 years, having worked first on Saturday Night Live and then broken out in a series of farcical, wonderful comedies in the years after his departure. He's one of the biggest comedy stars on the planet, and he's been part of some of the best comedy movies. He's also made plenty of movies that nobody should be forced to watch twice.
For every movie that has immediately been relegated to the trash bin of history, though, Sandler has also made an indelible comedy or a surprising turn into drama. While he could have emerged looking a little bit like a one-trick pony who relies on funny voices for cheap laughs, Sandler turned out to be far more complicated than that. He is a genuinely great actor whenever he wants to be. The rest of the time, he's content to make silly movies with his best friends. Here are the best Adam Sandler movies you need to watch now.

Read more
Take a lot of handwritten notes? This gadget will change your life
A man uses the reMarkable 2.

There is an overwhelming desire to return to paper from people of all walks of life lately. Screens have invaded us. But what we're often not seeing is an actual return to paper. It's not necessarily as convenient as we remember it to be, and a lot of the return to paper is about desire, not action.

Should you also have the desire to return to the physical but also have an addiction to screens, let me introduce you to the reMarkable 2. It's a sort of notebook, drawing tablet, document reader hybrid that is considered one of the best tablets for handwritten notes. Here are the top ways its been helping us.
It helps me remember things
Let's start this one out with a list:

Read more