OK. I have been on my soap box for the viewing of the recent smash of Empire. Yes wordpress, I have another confession of this lenten season of the fact that I really liked Empire. However, I had to switch channels between the show and Black-Ish. Yes, Black-ish is a hit. However for right now, at this minute it’s about the fictional Lyon Family that made their way up the hip hop game from the barrels of the ghetto and also drug runs in all. Another twist in the saga: the love and mesmerizing of the character of Cookie. Oh yeah, many have jumped on the bandwagon fan base of Taraji Henson’s Character that has the most of the female base buzzing during the first run of the show.
I’ll admit, the show is like Dynasty of the 2010’s. For those who are readers of mine who are way too young, Dynasty was a TV show that came out in the early 1980’s and yes it had a rich side, also split between the good and bad per say in the show. Even yes, Diahnn Carroll played a bad girl role in the show well after Julia in her earlier heyday. Again, this was the EARLY 1980’s and many of you Millenials weren’t even born yet! You had to be a Gen X’er or a Gen Y’er to hear about the show through the grown up now semi-retiring and retiring Baby Boomer Generations.
But oh, yes to me, Empire wasn’t just about the rap game, it was more about survival, challenges, an issue of ALS, reclamation, redemption, hostile takeovers, and most of all: having Cookie Lyon and Anika taking on “extreme measures”. Even their fighting as usual, which was like something you would see out of Wrestlemania.
For the ratings game, Empire has been a hit. And it was a hit among the 18-49 years old group. And plus it was a LONG TIME that the Fox Network had more black viewers tuning in since the 90’s. Back when Fox had shows like: Martin, Living Single, New York Undercover in which shows like those attracted viewers of African Decent. Again this was the 90s, you millenials were just born, and the network changed the landscape of TV.
And did I mentioned that Empire has a CD out you can listen to from the first season?
Now for all the haters of the show: yes, I know it’s not your liking. You probably preached about it in your churches, your safe groups, your tight lipped family discussions about “keep it out of my house” speech, you also had a chance to openly express your discontent about it on Social Media. Some might say, “What’s up with my girl Cookie tonight?” Others say, stop watching that mess and go to church and teach the children!!!! Others might unfriend those on Facebook all because of another’s favorite interest of the show, Empire. And just like Scandal, I ask this: “Why the tripping?!!”
Frankly, if those don’t like the show, or didn’t like the show, DON’T WATCH IT! Just take your remote, find the channel changer and just switch the station to something else, and keep your mouth shut! Why is that so hard?! Just change the channel! Why? Just because. And one more thing, there was an episode in which a scene was talking smack or dissing President Barack Obama. And many of the “viewers” got upset at that one show. Later on, in an interview, or speech, Taraji P. Henson had a comment about it in which it went like this:
“I’m just proud that people are talking. Everybody don’t like Barack Obama,” she stated. “People are out there saying that. That’s what art is supposed to do: expose this sh*t. You know, we’re dealing with subject matter that’s not really dealt with. Art is supposed to challenge, start a conversation, so let’s lift the carpet up and deal with this dirt. It’s not like we bashed Barack Obama and the show went off. No, Luscious Lyon (Terrence Howard) jumped in his [son’s] a**. That’s real life stuff. So I’m glad you’re mad. Do something about it. Go in the hood and talk to the kids so they don’t do dumb stuff like that.” – See more at: http://hiphopwired.com/2015/02/18/taraji-p-henson-empire-president-obama/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter#sthash.Qc0mTTVH.dpuf
As they say in the game now, mic drop.
I think Taraji is simply saying not everyone likes Barack Obama. We get it. You can hate the policies, the ACA, the Drones in enemy territory, the stock going up near 20,000 points, jobs, his pick for Loretta Lynch, his recent Selma speech, education, or the constant squabbling about him not doing enough for the black community, or in recent haters in the field news the constant hate from the right wing about Sasha, Malia, the FLOTUS, and most recently, threats against him and his niece who plays for Princeton University. Oh, I’m sorry. Did I say something?
So yeah, like Taraji said do something about it! Vote, find a job, start a business, join a club, get checked, go to school, go back to school, go to church, go back to church, be VERY informed in your community and raise up! And talk to these children about what is real and not real. Fantasy vs Reality. Fiction and Non-Fiction. Fact and Opinion. Umm….is anyone getting this?
Personally I’m not telling nor forcing anyone about watching Empire. Thats up to the viewers. The same with WWE, TNA,Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder, The Haves and the Haves Nots, If Loving You Is Wrong and others. Then who are you fooling? As long as those pay the bills for their TV sets of DirecTV, UVerse, Cable, or regular Digital TV and take the time to give back to the community in all, it shouldn’t be a bother to those at all. Hey, here is a thought. Since everyone wants those type of shows that want that empowerment of positive in black folks, and those constantly complain about it: MAKE SOME!! Put up a blog, Google Hangout, Podcast, theater, radio (either regular or online), public access, and many others. Even music without explicit content. Can this be done? START NOW!
Here is a tip: Ask those who actually watch some of these shows and STILL GIVE BACK TO THEIR FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES! Guess what readers? I’m one of those people is not selling out doing this! And plus, I don’t get caught up in the fantasies. And by the end of the day, back to reality.
Don’t front on that.
Just my opinion.
Plus: Shout out to one of the writers of Empire by the name of Eric Haywood. He is a Milwaukee born native that is part of the folks who is living his dream and not just sitting at the house not wishing about it!