Who are Mekai Curtis’ parents? Family of the Raising Kanan star explored

Mafalda Costa July 19, 2021
Who are Mekai Curtis’ parents? Family of the Raising Kanan star explored

Who are Mekai Curtis’ parents? The latest spin-off of the Power saga premiered on Sunday, 18 July, on Starz. Newcomer actor Mekai Matthew Curtis stars in the prequel as the young Kanan Stark. He’s picked up quite a fanbase as fans wonder about his relationship with the rapper and producer of the show, 50 Cent.

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Who is Raising Kanan’s Mekai Curtis?

Power Book III: Raising Kanan premiered on Sunday, 18 July, on Starz.

The latest spin-off of the Power saga is a prequel focusing on the early years of Kanan Stark.

Power Book III: Raising Kanan | Official Trailer | STARZ

Power Book III: Raising Kanan | Official Trailer | STARZ

The series documents the drug lord’s life as an adolescent in South Jamaica, Queens.

When we catch up with Kanan here, he’s the 15-year-old only child of Raquel “Raq” Thomas, a cocaine distributor with an emerging network of dealers across the city.

Portraying the young Kanan Stark is New Jersey native, 20-year-old Mekai Matthew Curtis.

According to The Disney Wiki, Curtis is known for playing Paul in Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014), Fish in Kirby Buckets (2014-17), and Zack Underwood in the Disney XD series Milo Murphy’s Law (2016-19).

When talking about Kanan’s character development, from a well-meaning teen to a drug baron, Curtis told Essence: “That’s the interesting part about what we get to do with this show.

“I’m excited for people to get to go on this journey with him.”

Curtis stars alongside Patina Miller, Omar Epps, London Brown, Malcolm Mays, Hailey Kilgore, Joey Bada$$, Toby Sandeman, Shanley Caswell, Lovie Simone, and Quincy Brown.

Who are Mekai Curtis’ parents?

Mekai Curtis was born on 14 October 2000.

The actor was born to his mother, Hadassah Curtis, and father, Paul Curtis.

According to Celeb Week, Curtis has four siblings: sister Kaidynce Curtis, and brothers Kezii Curtis, Zemyhe Curtis, and Jesigh Curtis.

His parents helped him improve his acting talents by enrolling him in LDR Acting Workshop, Tony O’Dell Acting, Actors Studio, and Troy Rowland Acting.

Mekai Curtis’ height is 5ft 6in, and he weighs in at 68kg.

Is the actor related to 50 Cent?

Fans are curious to know whether 20-year-old actor Curtis is related to the world-renowned music artist.

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According to Express, despite the visual and speech similarities between Curtis and 50 Cent, their relationship is only professional.

He spoke to Entertainment Weekly about his working relationship with 50 Cent, saying: “The relationship between me and 50 has been great.

“Between the, I think, seven or eight other shows that he’s got in the air, whenever I get a chance to sit down and chop it with him, I take it.”

Curtis also said there was pressure to fill 50 Cent’s shoes as the iconic super villain, but he was keen to rise to the challenge.

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Mafalda Costa is a second year BA Journalism student originally from Portugal. Her main passions if life are music, arts and culture, while she's particularly knowledgable on cinema and anime.