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Rapper-actor-mogul 50 Cent is riding an emotional roller coaster over the lack of recognition that his hit TV show, Power, gets from the Hollywood machine, or the powers that be. He vents about all of this from time to time on Instagram.
He is upset that no one from the Power cast was nominated for a Golden Globe, which, in my opinion, is a legitimate argument, since Naturi Naughton, Omari Hardwick, Lela Loren and Joseph Sikora are doing such a phenomenal job bringing those complex characters to life.
Then 50 was upset with Starz—the cable network that airs Power—because it didn't have any tickets to the Golden Globes for the lead cast members. It's another valid concern. If a network wants to bring more attention to its shows, it's partially that network's responsibility to secure tickets to these bigwig award programs.
50 Cent has described, on more than one occasion, how he feels as if he's let Hardwick down, since 50 was the one who convinced Hardwick to do Power. Hardwick is becoming a very sought-after actor, and because Power is "being overlooked," 50 argues, even though it's "the highest-rated show on Starz," 50 feels that the show has sullied Hardwick's career.
"I'm sorry Omari, I didn't know this would get you a first class seat in the [N—GA] section," 50 wrote.
In another post, 50 expressed how he's conflicted playing the role of Kanan in Power, since it seems to represent the old 50 Cent, and not the new person he's trying to be.
Power does deserve more recognition; the writing is fantastic, as are the performances.
Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele is a staff writer at The Root and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats, a Web series that features video interviews with scarily insightful people. Follow Lectures to Beats on Facebook and Twitter.