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50 Cent: Don’t Classify Power as a Black Show


ABC/Fred LeeAs the rivalry continues between the TV series Power and Empire, 50 Cent prefers that Power not be considered as an African-American program.

The Power star and executive producer tells Vanity Fair, “The comparisons between those shows are really small. I don’t even like being classified as a black show.” The G-Unit CEO complains about a double standard in Hollywood along racial Lines

“8 Mile was a movie about the hip-hop world and it opened in about 3,000 theaters. But Get Rich or Die Tryin’ cost $36 million; they gave me [director] Jim Sheridan, Quincy Jones did the score, and that movie was classified as a black movie — and it opened in 1,700 theaters. I guess all we needed was a white police officer.”

The rapper from Queens, New York, says he’s wants to promote that his television series features a multi-racial cast. “With Power, I wanted the poster to feature Joe Sikora — Tommy, because this show is as diverse as New York City.”

As 50 Cent’s bankruptcy case continues in court, he says he is not legally allowed to discuss the situation. When he mentions he moved his grandfather to a new home, Vanity Fair responds, “So you obviously had enough money to buy him a house.” Fiddy maintains he is drowning in debt, saying with a laugh, “Oh, you know I ain’t got any money.”

The third season of Power debuts July 9 on Starz.

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