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(NOTE LANGUAGE) Omari Hardwick flexed his abs, as well as his past and future TV projects and many other topics, as the cover star of L’Officiel’s Fashion Book

The Power star chatted with the French magazine about his “exhilarating experience” on Army of the Dead, working on the upcoming film The Mother, and his time as a poet and musical artist. 

“It was dope when I go back into music because when I was in South Central, back in the day living, $5, paying rent, trying to make ends meet, there were people that were saying, ‘Man, you should really pursue this music thing,'” he said. “They would try to call me a rapper, and I was like, ‘No, I’m a poet,” and I was real big on that.'”  

On playing the character Ghost on the hit Starz show Power, Omari says he jumped at the opportunity to join the project after learning a Black woman, Courtney Kemp, was behind the creation.

“He [Hardwick’s manager] called back and he said, ‘It is a woman. It’s a Black woman.’ I said, ‘A Black woman created this show and I don’t know her?’ He said, ‘Yes, you want to meet with her?’ I said, ‘F****** absolutely.'”

The cover photo and many of the images that follow, show off Hardwick’s cut physique, one that he says wasn’t always easy to attain. And when asked what advice he’d give to his younger self, Hardwick said he’d tell himself to slow down, because “it takes a minute to really figure out.”

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