In the city that never sleeps, the criminal underworld was always abuzz with rumors of new players emerging in the game. And this time, it was the arrival of Noma, the new “badass queenpin” who had everyone talking. Nobody knew where she had come from or how she had risen to power so quickly, but they all knew one thing for sure: she was not someone to be messed with.
Noma had made her debut in the most explosive way possible during the season three premiere of “Power Book II: Ghost.” The episode began with a brutal scene that set the tone for the rest of the season. Noma had tracked down a woman who had bought a blue diamond ring at an auction, which was supposed to be hers. The ring had been a gift from her fiancé, Mecca, before he was killed. The woman had refused to give it up, so Noma did what any ruthless queenpin would do: she chopped off the woman’s hand.
As the season progressed, Noma made her presence known in more ways than one. She was always dressed impeccably, with her hair and makeup done to perfection. Her signature look was a black leather jacket, which she wore over a tight-fitting dress that showed off her curves. Her sharp wit and unrelenting demeanor were a force to be reckoned with, and she commanded respect from everyone who crossed her path.
One of the people who found himself on Noma’s radar was Tariq, the main character of “Power Book II: Ghost.” Tariq had his own problems to deal with, as he tried to balance school, his family, and his growing involvement in the drug trade. But when Noma came knocking on his door, he knew he had no choice but to do what she asked.
Noma had accused Tariq and his friends of killing her first lieutenant, and she demanded that they start pushing drugs for her as penance. Tariq knew that he had to play along, at least for the time being. He didn’t want to end up like the woman who had lost her hand.
As the season progressed, Noma became an even more formidable foe. She seemed to be one step ahead of everyone else, always one move ahead of the competition. Her reach extended far and wide, and it seemed as though nobody could escape her grasp.
But as with all queenpins, Noma’s reign was not destined to last forever. Her enemies were always watching, waiting for the right moment to strike. And in the end, it was a betrayal from within her own ranks that led to her downfall.
Noma may have been a new player in town, but she had left an indelible mark on the criminal underworld. Her legacy would be remembered for years to come, as a testament to the power of a woman who was not afraid to do whatever it took to get what she wanted.
In a recent interview with PopSugar, Caroline Chikezie shared that she drew her queenpin persona of Norma from Denzel Washington’s character of Frank Lucas from American Gangster.
“When I read Noma, I instinctively knew what was needed to be done in order to portray her,” Chikezie said. “I can’t even find a female to liken her to. She’s kind of male, energetically speaking, so [she’d definitely] be Denzel in ‘American Gangster.'”
“When she comes into their lives, they’re running their little thing, but she comes in and she kind of takes over a bit and shows them what’s what,” she says. “So yeah, she shakes up a lot of stuff. She restructures the whole thing they have going on. I don’t want to say too much, but tune in and watch, you’ll start to see how things unfold.”
You can watch Power Book II: Ghost Season three on Starz at 8 pm EST on Friday nights .