Commentary: Why Fox’s Series Empire is Taking Over

Empire

Empire has found a way to illustrate black culture in a manner that has drawn in a multitude of ethnicities, with 62% of its viewers of African American descent. It is the first time, in a long time – in my humble opinion – that a show did not seek out to please the masses (yet is somehow doing so), but rather it has targeted underserved audiences. Empire is a total paradox. A juxtaposition, if you will.

Find Yourself

Beach

Look for yourself in window reflections and broken glass, when you crawl through the cities and scratch your nails against cobblestones. Hunger to know yourself inwardly and outwardly. Rise like a phoenix and sprout wings of fire. Rage against the moon, and see the world through eyes of rose and topaz.

Love the One

Gavin and Sam

Love the one that has mended your broken wings, that has transformed you – liberated you. The person that sheds gold flakes that inspire envy among the stars. The one that is a god among kings.

Adventure

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That afternoon we let adventure marinate in our bones. “Let’s just drive until we run out of road.” What lay before us was only a mere separation of land and sky. The heavens’ ocean splashed waves of white foam. Cotton ball clouds soaked up the niagara of a sky fastened with sapphire and indigo.

The Sky

Sunset

Last night I witnessed a pocket watch sky. With every passing headlight, the hands of time led me back to childhood. Clouds of cotton candy swirls. Sticks of spun sugar that my lips longed to taste. Bonbon stars and a confectionary moon.

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