Empire is a fantasy…let’s just enjoy the ride and stop the analysis

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There are not a lot of shows starring black people on network television. That is why when we get one we have such high expectations. We want to be portrayed in a possible “Cosbylike manner” (pre the allegations). Empire takes a look at success from a different lens. It takes you on a trip to the other side of the street. Where deals are cut and people are too. So when we get a show like Empire we have the need to analyze each and every character and try to line that character up with reality. Empire is not based in reality. It is simply a diversion. Sure it takes on topical discussions, but in the final analysis it is simply television. Over the last four weeks I have seen dozens of black pundits screaming how bad this show is for black people. The show is no worse than The Good Wife which I love. Let’s be serious television is designed to get ratings. Good ratings make everyone happy: advertisers make money, actors make money and keep their jobs, and the viewers are treated to good stories. This show bridges the generational divide. My college aged daughters calls me after the show for us to discuss what we just watched. It’s simply a fun show that gives you a needed chuckle in the midst of facing our real world problems. Some people hate it, and that’s fine too. Just don’t watch it but please spare me the analysis.

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  • teishh  On March 6, 2015 at 1:03 am

    I understand that it’s a fantasy. It’s supposed to be glamorous and unrealistic. I love that you’ve posted something that calls it for what it is: television. I only have a couple of complaints. It has nothing to do with the lifestyle or the fame, but more to do with the portrayal of the characters. If you are going to develop a character, don’t make their Achilles heel more extreme than the norm. To reach the viewers that are more critical of the show, make it a little bit more palatable. I know that it’s supposed to be an exciting drama. Each character has their own troubles. I personally feel that the nature of our lead characters ALS should have been more raw. ALS has only recently been recognized and discussed more. I feel like the show has done sufferers of ALS a disservice. Other than that and the way that the bipolar disorder has been addressed, I love it. Television always goes to the extreme with sickness and disorders. It’s not just this show. I just wish this was the show that addressed problems a bit better. Who better to break the mold for what Hollywood makes of think of “stigmas” than this show?

  • Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade  On March 10, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Reblogged this on BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL!.

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