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Omar Epps, Mekai Curtis, Patina Miller (Courtesy of Starz)
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I know heartbreaks, setbacks…Power Book III: Raising Kanan” is back! The hit drama series has already received a Season 4 renewal and social media is buzzing about the Season 3 premiere. 

‘Home Sweet Home’

In the “Power Book III: Raising Kanan” Season 3 premiere, titled, “Home Sweet Home,” Raq makes a life-changing decision in the aftermath of the Mafia’s ambush, but it’s too little, too late for Kanan, as he looks to pave his own path free of his mother’s lies.

Malcolm Mays as “Louis ‘Lou-Lou’ Thomas (Photo courtesy of Starz)

Lou-Lou is festering with resentment as the wedge between him and Raq continues to widen with animosity.

Hailey Kilgore as “Laverne ‘Jukebox’ Thomas” (Photo courtesy of Starz)

Marvin is tending to his physical wounds as well as the emotional wounds between him and Jukebox, who is mourning the death of her mother despite their complicated relationship.

Omar Epps as “Detective Malcolm Howard” and Shanley Caswell as “Detective Shannon Burke (Photo courtesy of Starz)

Detective Howard is between a rock and a hard place as he tries to navigate being a father to Kanan, deal with Raq, and keep his partner, Detective Burke from blowing up his spot.

Joey Bada$$ as “Kadeem ‘Unique’ Mathis” (Photo courtesy of Starz)

Unique adjusts after welcoming an unexpected guest, however, his focus remains on taking his alliance with Raq to a deeper level. 

Watch a clip from “Home Sweet Home” below.

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About ‘Raising Kanan’ Season 3

Set in South Jamaica, Queens, in 1991, “Raising Kanan” is a prequel to the original “Power” franchise. 

It is a sprawling family drama that revolves around the coming of age of Kanan Stark; Ghost and Tommy’s mentor, partner and adversary, who ultimately dies in a hail of gunfire in the eighth episode of Power’s penultimate season. 

When we catch up with Kanan here, he is the fifteen-year-old only child of Raquel “Raq” Thomas, a cocaine distributor with an emerging network of dealers across the city. 

Much like the original “Power,” “Raising Kanan” explores themes of identity, violence, and legacy, but it is also a deep dive into the very pathology of family; the unique, complicated and fraught dynamic between parent and child, mother and father, brother and sister. 

In an increasingly fractious world, family often feels like the only refuge from all the divisiveness and discord and yet, at the same time, we often discover that it is those closest to us who betray us and our values most. 

The first season of “Raising Kanan” is an exploration of these betrayals, the secrets and lies that accompany them and the ways in which they fester, metastasize and ultimately erupt. 

The overarching theme of this first season is, “You reap what you sow.” 

In other words, actions have consequences; betrayals are always uncovered; secrets are inevitably revealed; chickens come home to roost. 

Every character in “Raising Kanan” is hiding something. From the world, from each other, from themselves. 

And as our story unfolds, they each will have to grapple with the unintended and destructive consequences of the information they’ve hidden and withheld. 

Cast Of ‘Power Book III: Raising Kanan’ Season 3

Patina Miller as “Raquel Thomas,” MeKai Curtis as “Kanan Stark,” Omar Epps as “Detective Malcolm Howard,” London Brown as “Marvin Thomas,” Malcolm Mays as “Lou-Lou Thomas,” Hailey Kilgore as “Jukebox,” Joey Bada$$ as “Unique,” Shanley Caswell as “Detective Burke” and Antonio Ortiz as “Famous.”

Season 3 will welcome Wendell Pierce as “Pops Henry,” Erika Woods as “Snaps,” and Grantham Coleman as “Ronnie.”

When Does ‘Raising Kanan’ Come On? 

Power Book III: Raising Kanan” Season 3 premiered on Starz on December 1, 2023. New episodes drop weekly on Fridays.

Watch The Season 3 Trailer

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