After writing the 2012 short film This Day Today, he scripted the 2013 play One Night in Miami. In 2017, Powers was brought onboard to write several scripts for Star Trek: Discovery season one episodes. In 2018, he co-wrote the script for Pixar's Soul, with Pete Docter and Mike Jones, as well as co-directing the film with Docter, making his directorial debut. On July 9, 2019, it was announced that actress Regina King would be directing a film adaptation of Powers' play One Night in Miami. On December 16, 2020, Powers hosted the first three episodes of the podcast Soul Stories, which was released as a Spotify exclusive. In the episodes, Powers interviewed several people who worked on the film mainly about their mentors and careers, as well as some behind-the-scenes stories behind the making of the film. An alumnus of Howard University, Powers is the first African-American co-director in Pixar history.
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