Raq just got called a snitch

Power Book III: Raising Kanan focuses on the teenage years of Kanan Stark (Mekai Curtis). Kanan is raised by his drug queen mother, Raquel “Raq” Thomas (Patina Miller), who is determined to stay on top of her game in the drug world. Even though her past, including Kanan’s biological father, Detective Malcolm Howard (Omar Epps), is determined to haunt her.

Now, in a shocking turn of events, as Raq’s past has resurfaced, she has been branded a snitch.

Patina Miller as Raq Thomas and Omar Epps as Malcolm Howard in ‘Power Book III: Raising Kanan’ | Starz

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Raq was obsessed with eliminating snitches on ‘Power Book III: Raising Kanan’

Basically, Raq is a businesswoman. However, the nature of her business and because she is a woman in a very sexist world, she cannot show weakness. Therefore, Raq has been adamant about working out all the details of his life.

In Season 1, she killed Kanan’s friend D-Wiz (Nile Bullock) to protect her son. She also tried to have Detective Howard killed. This season, she killed her soldier Scrappy (Ade Chike Torbert) after suspecting him of being a snitch. She also considered killing her lover Symphony (Toby Sandeman), despite his loyalty to her.

Raq just got called a snitch

As early as Season 1, fans knew that Raq was romantically involved with Detective Howard. However, from what we understand, it was a naïve 16-year-old who got in over her head with an undercover cop. However, in episode 207, “No Love Lost”, it turns out that not only did Raq and Howard have a relationship that resulted in Kanan, but we also learned that Raq was Howard’s informant.

We know how much Raq hates snitches, which is why fans were so stunned by the reveal. Knowing the things she’s done in her past makes more sense why she’s so secretive and hostile towards strangers.

Raq keeps giving himself trouble on ‘Power Book III: Raising Kanan’

Along with his past with the unearthed Detective Howard, Raq can’t seem to stop getting himself into trouble. His obsession with keeping his past buried while growing his business forces him to make rash decisions.

London Brown, who plays Raq’s brother Marvin on the show, compared Raq to Ghost of Power and Monet of Power Book II: Ghost. “I would probably say… Well, you know, it’s interesting because she [Raq] has the femininity of Monet, and so she holds the end, but she has the authority of Ghost. So you don’t have to mess with her, so I think she’s almost a combination of the two in an interesting way,” Brown told Landon Buford. “Where she is not hard [enough] where she loses her femininity, but she is still very ladylike. She’s still going to get her nails nailed and her hair done, but you can’t argue with her. It should not be played with or taken for granted. So I would say probably maybe a combination of the two.

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Angela C. Hale