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The dawn of a new hip-hop Empire

By Osarugue Otebele (Hollis F. Price Middle College High School)

Suspense, talent, drama: These three words explain the new FOX drama Empire. From the same broadcasting company that has brought us Prison Break and New Girl, comes a new show about ex-thug Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) and ex-con Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson). The show tells the story of  Lucious, an ex-con-turned-business-mogul, the owner of record company Empire and his ex-wife Cookie, an ex-drug dealer and newly released convict and their quest for power driven by their three sons.

The show has gained the love of fans all over the world. It gained so much attention that it was renewed for a second season after only the third episode. The show tells viewers the love story between Cookie and Lucious and how Cookie’s $50,000 started the company before she went to jail.

After being released from jail Cookie returns to claim what she believes is rightly hers, only to discover that Lucious is dating another woman and two of her sons are at each other’s throats. Left to pick a side between her sons, Cookie picks the side of her R&B singer son Jamal, while Lucious picks his  rapper son Hakeem, leaving their eldest son Andre feeling left out. This does not bother Andre much because he has other plans in mind.

The show also brings fans great songs such as No Apologies, Tell the Truth and Drip Drop.

So who will win the empire, R&B or Hip Hop?  Or will Andre sweep the title of empire’s new king away from both? These questions make fans turn on their television sets at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. The writers of the show wrap street life and music life together nicely to make a hit drama.


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This entry was posted on March 3, 2015 by in Reviews and tagged , , , , , , .


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