Meet Straight Outta Compton's Keith Tyree Powers

 Styling by Ugo Mozie | Photograph by Justin Wu |  Silk shirt and trousers - Ugo Mozie X Ziran

Styling by Ugo Mozie | Photograph by Justin Wu | Silk shirt and trousers - Ugo Mozie X Ziran

Keith Tyree Powers is a 22-year old actor and model. Powers’s career has seen major roles such as Ronnie Devoe in BET’s biopic The New Edition Story and Tyree in Straight Outta Compton. He has also modelled for power-houses such as Calvin Klein and AeropostaleAnd he is just getting started.

What is the current/next project you’re working on?

I’m currently working on What/If, a brand new Netflix series, which explores the downward spiral when good people do bad things. It’s about ethics and the impact one moment can have on the rest of your life.

How do you think about today’s music compared to the old school era of ‘Straight Outta Compton’ or ‘The New Edition Story’?

Both eras had their pros and cons music-wise. The main difference is that I feel like back then,  musicians really had to have raw talent or work very hard in order to get where they wanted to be. Today, the entertainment industry is a completely different space.

What have been your favourite music releases this year?

To name a few… Lil Wayne - Carter V, Drake - Scorpion, Blood Orange - Negro Swan, Masego - Lady Lady, Travis Scott - Astroworld, The Carters - Everything Is Love, J-Cole - KOD, Childish Gambino - This Is America, Post Malone - Beerpongs and Bentleys. 

 Styling by Ugo Mozie | Photograph by Justin Wu |  Shirt - I. N. Collection, Necklace - Nialaya

Styling by Ugo Mozie | Photograph by Justin Wu | Shirt - I. N. Collection, Necklace - Nialaya

How important do you think music is to the overall effect of film/TV?

I believe music is VERY important to film and TV. It brings whatever you're watching to life. My dream is actually to help score a film I’m in one day. 

How do you feel about developments in TV/film regarding greater representation of and more leading roles for minorities?

I love it, but I’m not surprised. It needs to be this way. Minorities, we got the sauce, man. We do this. We just need the opportunity. 

Speaking of, you’ve worked within some amazing casts with Black leading actors. Do you feel like you have a responsibility to represent black communities in your industry?

I feel like I definitely have a responsibility. But I’m not into voicing that anymore, I’d rather lead by example with my work. It goes without being said. I am a Black, African/American man and this is what I bring. 

 Styling by Ugo Mozie | Photograph by Justin Wu

Styling by Ugo Mozie | Photograph by Justin Wu

How would you describe your individual style?

If it feels good on me, I wear it. I don’t care. I think I pull off some stuff most people wouldn’t try. I’m not the best dressed ever or anything but I wear what I want to wear despite what anyone’s got to say. That’s how it should be. Dress to express, not impress. I think it’s important to have your own style in general. It’s refreshing. 

Do you think modelling has helped your acting, or vice versa?

Modelling has definitely helped me with acting. The main benefit is definitely getting me used to being in front of the camera.

You’ve spoken previously about your goal of starting up your own production company. Is this still one of your goals?

Definitely! I want to produce my own content in the future and give other people opportunities. I want to be able to inspire.

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