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Bleu Magazine Releases July Issue With Powers
Keith Powers, of The New Edition Story fame, is the cover subject.
In the accompanying cover story (see below link), "Powers to the People," Keith discusses Black male vulnerability, police brutality, and remaining authentic while being an actor with writer Keyaira Kelly. Additional credits include styling by Douglas Hickman and photography by Ricardo Nelson.
Powers is best known for his work in The New Edition Story as Ronnie DeVoe. He also played Dr. Dre's younger brother, Tyree in Straight Outta Compton. Born Keith Tyree Powers and hailing from Sacramento, he was the oldest of four children. He began modeling at age 9, but also developed a passion for sports, playing high school football as wide receiver.
After graduating high school, he moved to Los Angeles with his father to pursue his modeling career, eventually signing with Wilhelmina Agency at 17. He landed his first role in 2013 in House Party: Tonight's the Night, where he caught the acting bug and decided this would be his primary work: "I'm starting to catch it even more now, and I'm going through this thing where I'm so in love with acting…educating myself more in knowing exactly what I want. Honestly I got signed off of my looks, and I told myself in order to call myself an actor, I had to study the art of it. LA brought that out of me."
He's a young man of humility. When he speaks to the climate this country is currently in, he states: "Police brutality was always a conversation in our household." Rodney King was a cousin: "I met Rodney King twice in my life. In Straight Out Of Compton there is a clip of Rodney being beat, and I don't think [Dr.] Dre or any of them even knew he was my cousin. Police brutality is real, and it's always weighed really heavy on my heart."
Powers has a lot of work ahead of him. He can next be seen on the small screen again playing Ronnie DeVoe in BET's The Bobby Brown Story. He's not concerned with celebrity: "I can't get stagnant and feel comfortable when there is so much work to be done. I like not being good at everything yet. I don't even like to consider myself a celebrity because I'm still working towards what I'm supposed to be."
The Powers' interview is compelling and highlights several sides of who he is. The cover and layout are striking. Please see for yourself: http://bleumag.com/
For more information on Bleu magazine, please contact Karen Lewis at 323.424.9400 or at news@goingpublic-