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.
Empire is a fantasy…let’s just enjoy the ride and stop the analysis
By musesofamom, on March 5, 2015 at 8:29 pm, under Ebony Mom Politics. Tags: African American, African Americans, black america, black men, Black People, Black women, cbs, CNN, Current Events, Empire, media, race, racism, Taraji Henson, Terrance howard. 2 Comments
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