Empire: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

empire-castBy Tamala Perkins

On Wednesday night, Fox premiered its new series Empire. There were high expectations for the show and with nearly 10 million viewers those expectations were met. The show was well received. If you didn’t see the show, here is a brief overview of the good, the bad and the ugly.

The Good

1. A successful Black family – Many critics of the show say that it is creating a bad image of Black people but, let’s face it, not every Black family is the Cosby Show family. The truth is, this show shows a Black family that is loyal to one another and sticks together and that is a good thing.

2. A successful Black owned business – The show focuses on a Black owned family business in the music industry. The business is successful and will be passed down generation after generation. That is how solid wealth is built.

The Bad

1. The Stereotypical Successful man with a White woman – One of the sons in the powerful family on the show is handsome, educated and well spoken and so of course, he is married to a white woman.

2. The Ostracized Gay son – One of the sons is gay and instead of being accepted as such, his Father (played by Terrence Howard), after being unable to “beat it out of him” still tries to talk him out of it and tells him it is not in his best interests to make that “choice”.

The Ugly

1. Black woman in prison – The show’s pilot opens with “Cookie” (played by Taraji P. Henson) in prison and about to be released for “good behavior”. The “Empire” that the show revolves around was started with money that she acquired through illegal means and then went to prison for.

2. Stereotypical Black on Black crime – In the pilot episode, Lucious  (played by Terrence Howard) k!lls his loyal and long time friend over money. He ends his life with a bullet to the head.



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