Empire Makes a Comeback


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Empire characters having one of their many heated moments

Jennifer Corriolan, Staff Writer

Betrayal, love, lust, and money are all themes that come create the hit television show Empire. This multi-award winning show has taken the world by storm, and on its second episode it got approval for season two. That’s a big deal.

Empire was originally supposed to be a movie, but when Danny Strong, one of the creators of the show pitched the idea to Lee Daniels, the other creator; he suggested that it should be a show because it could be more dynamic that way. Empire is one of the few soap operas that features all black main characters, which seems to be a rarity when it comes to today’s entertainment. This show also pushes boundaries because it has gay characters, and black television shows typically try to refrain from depicting homosexuality.

The show begins when a fiery ex-wife, Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) comes back from prison after being there for 17 years to get her business back. There’s only one problem. Lucious Lyon (Terrance Howard)  isn’t ready to give the business up, and he is prepared to do whatever it takes to keep his empire.  Cookie has to work hard to gain back the love of one of her sons, Hakeem (Bryshere Gray), who feels she has abandoned him. She has to nurture her other two sons, Jamal (Jussie Smollett), and Andre (Trai Byers) who endured abuse from their father.

This dramatic television show always leaves viewers wanting more, considering that there’s a cliff hanger at the end of every episode. Jump on the Empire bandwagon, and binge watch all of season one before September 23rd, because thats when season two starts. The show airs on Fox at nine o’clock.