Additional reporting by: D Nellz (@bookdnellz)
(AllHipHop News) The final season of Power debuts this Sunday (August 25). Larenz Tate reprises his role as Councilman Rashad Tate on the Starz crime drama. AllHipHop caught up with the veteran actor to discuss true power.
"My definition of power in real life is black unity, black groupism. Not individualism, but black groupism. And that is what resonates with Power to me. Black folks united," said Tate.
The last few weeks have been filled with conversations about Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter's most recent power move of having his Roc Nation company partner with the National Football League. Some people have praised Jay for teaming with the league to implement social justice initiatives, but others have criticized the deal for not incorporating Colin Kaepernick.
"Well, I still want to see how things sort of play themselves out with regards to what Jay is doing," offered Tate. "At the end of the day, no one is in his head. He is in his own head to, you know, make his own decisions. But what I can say, I think we need to continue to not necessarily worry about what Jay-Z is doing with the NFL and putting the onus back on the fact that there is still police brutality."
He added, "There's still black men and black women and black children that are being brutalized by the people that we pay to protect us. And that is unacceptable. It has never been acceptable. And I think we need to continue to figure out what we can do to continue to raise your awareness about this and how to rid that problem and that issue and get rid of it. That's the real issue."
Colin Kaepernick was allegedly blackballed from the NFL after the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback initiated the "Take A Knee" protest against police brutality and racial injustice. The Know Your Rights Camp founder faced backlash for kneeling during the playing of the national anthem, but Kaepernick also received significant public support - including from Jay-Z - for possibly sacrificing his career to bring awareness to systemic racism. He eventually agreed to a settlement with the NFL for his collusion grievance.