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Raquel "Raq" Thomas is a main character on the Starz original crime drama Power Book III: Raising Kanan. She is portrayed by Patina Miller.

Raq serves as one of the deuteragonists in season 1.

Raq is Kanan's mother. To him, she may be loving, but in the streets, she is a cold, hard, and fierce woman taking names in a man's world. She is tough, resolute, ruthless and yet, Raq is still capable of love, the sole recipient of that affection being Kanan, as he is everything to her. As much as she cares for him, though, there are many instances where one wonders if she loves him for who he is, or if she loves him merely as an extension of herself. Being the middle child of three, Raq also carries the heavy burden as the earner for her two brothers, Lou-Lou and Marvin.

Biography

Past

When she was sixteen, Raquel was involved with Def-Con and she had a son Kanan Stark, who later turned out to be Malcolm Howard’s son, a cop who was investigating Def Con. According to herself, Def wanted to be sure she was loyal by keeping her out of the loop while she was pregnant with him. It is also revealed that Def Con was gay and was paying her to act as his beard to keep up his reputation. When Def Con went to prison, Raquel continued her business with her brothers Marvin and Lou. She officially took over after Marvin became an addict and was sent to prison for some time. As a result, she took care of her niece Laverne until her father was released.

Prior to 1985, she met High Post, who became her boyfriend. He introduces her to the drug business and helps him counting his money and sell drugs. As mentioned by Kanan, he liked Post because he treated Raquel right.

During 1985, Raq was with her boyfriend doing business before her Kanan returns home from the park crying and Post told her that not every kid is made for the South side. Raq told him that her son is and goes to talk to him. Kanan told her he got beaten up and got his money stolen. Raquel then obliges him to go back defend and himself from the boys with a sock filled with batteries. She watches him take care of the bullies who are left bleeding on the ground. Thanks to her, Kanan got revenge and respect from the others kids who start to talk highly about him.

In 1986, High Post got killed for snitching and Raquel was obliged to take control of the business of her late boyfriend with her two brothers Lou-Lou and Marvin Thomas.

Season 1

During Back in the Day, Raq learns that her son Kanan has the potential to get into one of the most prestigious schools of the city and encourages him to succeed to the entry exam and get out of the streets but Kanan shows that he doesn't want to quit his highschool with his friends and he wants to stay with her. However she assured him that when he succeeds she succeeds.

After that, Raquel learns that Unique, the biggest drug dealer in the city and her rival, attacked them again. In fact, since she took the reins of the business, Unique keeps attacking her to take control of the entire territory. While Marvin advises to clap back, Raq just want a conversation with him. Raq and Lou-Lou go to a nightclub to talk with the owner to sell their drug but they meet instead Toni Deep who starts talking harshly to Raquel, saying their drug is bad because it's from ghetto. Raq and Toni start fighting but Lou interrupts it. Raq then goes to the bar and meets Symphony Bosket, the barman. They start talking and Symphony invites her to a date, which she accepts. She then sends Scrappy to kill Toni's dog to avenge from her disrespect.

Later that night, Raq and her family eat in their favorite restaurant known as Lamont's Diner and the Figueroas childs, Famous and Jessica, join them. When they exit, Marvin sees a car passing in front of them and then tells everybody to get down. Kanan sees that the shooter was his Love Rival "Buck Twenty" starts shooting in the air giving warning shots. Raq understands that the shooters were sent by Unique. Later, Kanan tells his mother that he's ready to help them in the business but Raq refuses, saying that he has to get in that school and get out of the hood. The next day, Raq meets Unique and they both agree to divide the territory in both sides for each of them. Raq offered 140th Street to 143rd Street for Unique to take while she holds down 144th Street to Sutphin Boulevard. Unique agrees by saying "Word is Bond", and they shook on it

Unfortunately, when she thinks that tensions with Unique finally stopped, she learns from Lou-Lou while her date with Symphony that Kanan killed one of Unique's men, Buck Twenty. She gets home and scolds her son for his actions. She then explains to him and her brothers that she splits their territory in half for her and Unique, which Marvin doesn't understand. Kanan defends himself, saying that he did this to defend his mother's honor and says again that he's ready to help her in the business but Raq still refuses and sends him in his room. Later, Kanan comes back and tries to talk to his mother but she refuses and reveals that he's going to move at his grandma's. She then sends him take out the trash but Kanan gets attacked by Unique's men. Kanan is okay. The police and detective Howard come investigating and Raq tells him that it was just a misunderstanding, saying that Kanan was confused with someone else, which Howard doesn't believe. He tells Raq to watch her back and Kanan to keep his eyes open before leaving. LouLou tells Raq that he would never tell his sister how to raise his son, but Nique's crew was coming for Kanan, and Stuyvansent wasn't going to save him from that. Marvin agreeing said that his mother could not either. This left Raq in a state of where she needed to think on how to fix this. The next day, Raq meets Unique and gives him money to give to Buck's family and apologizes for Kanan's mistake. Unique all heated underneath his professionalism tells Raq that he's taking over the whole territory. Raq then asks him to tell his men to stop attacking Kanan but he responds that he can't control his men but he'll do what he can. She even tries to convince him that Kanan was not in the game, though because he was really under Def-Con's roof, Unique tells Raq that Kanan's been in the game from before he even started.

That night, accepting what Marvin, Lou-Lou, and Unique had told her about Kanan, Raq takes her son to a Beach and teaches him how to hold and shoot with a gun. She then reveals to Kanan that he's officially part of the family business. Or is he?

Murders committed by Raq

  • Gabriel : Shot to death for abusing his wife

Murders connected to Raq

  • Toni Deep's dog : Asked Scrapy to burned the dog to death in the microwave.
  • Buck Twenty: Indirectly caused when she had a deal with Unique to split the territory in half without saying it to her family. She then helped cover up the crime after Buck was killed by Kanan or D-Wiz.
  • D-Wiz: Ordered Lou Lou to take out D-Wiz in order to protect her son. This was also done to tie up loose ends because he was bragging about doing the killing. Plus, it was to get Kanan off the target list for Buck's Murder.
  • Frank The Inspector: Told Marvin to finish him off after, she knocked him out with the hammer.

Goals

Trivia

  • Like her son, she is intelligent with her interests being in astronomy.
  • By 2018, it is unknown what became of Raquel as her son makes no mention of her.
  • It is unknown if she lived to see the birth of her grandson Shawn.
  • It is unknown if Raquel told Kanan that Detective Howard was his father, as Kanan once told Tommy he did not have a father-figure.
  • As mentioned by Kanan, Post got her into the crime business.
  • Raquel was the second person to learn that Jukebox was gay, like Kanan she accepted her for who she was.
  • Raq is the secondary protagonist of Raising Kanan.

Appearances

Season 1

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