Reality TV show: The Real World: New York (1992)

After appearing on Real World's inaugural season (and getting into that famous "race plus power equals racism" argument with Julie in the SoHo streets), Powell found additional outlets through which to voice his opinions. He served as a senior writer at Vibe from 1992 to 1996, where he conducted one of Tupac's very last interviews before dedicating himself full-time to activism, public speaking, and politics (leading to a run for Congress back in 2008).