Empire, the hit FOX TV show, has garnered many viewers and fans since the show’s premiere on January 7, 2015. The show follows an elite family led by Lucious Lyon, who owns a wealthy record company called Empire. His sons, Jamal and Hakeem, are artists signed to Empire. His eldest son, Andre, runs the financial aspects of the company. Their mom, Cookie Lyon, helped create Empire and spent most of her children’s lives in jail because of it. Empire has caused a lot of buzz in the entertainment world and is currently one of FOX’s highest rated programs. Here’s a list of reasons why you should be tuned in to Empire every Wednesday night.
1. The soundtrack is hot
Can I just say how perfect Jussie Smollett’s (Jamal) voice is?!
Yazz’s (Hakeem) raps are also as amazing.
2. Their lineup of guest appearances
Their guest appearances include Alicia Keys, Ludacris, Becky G, Jennifer Hudson, and Snoop Dogg, just to name a few!
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They also have a lot of great collaborations
3. They discuss issues affecting the Black community today.
Gay acceptance in the Black community:
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4. The cast isn’t all too bad looking either.
Taraji P. Henson:
Yazz (Bryshere Gray):
5. Family is a very important element of the show.
Cookie will do anything and everything to protect her family...
...While Lucious will do anything and everything to protect “his” company.
6. There are a lot of juicy conflicts.
Like the one between “Boo Boo Kitty” (Anika Calhoun played by Grace Gealy) and Cookie Lyon (Taraji P Henson)
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And who can forget the beatdown that Cookie gave to Hakeem?!
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7. The show is equally as heartfelt as it can be funny or serious.
Cookie deeply cares for her children, despite her relationship status with Lucious.
The Lyon brothers always have each other’s back, even when they’re competing to rule the Empire.
Watch Empire on FOX Wednesday nights at 9/8c!
Cady Casellas is a third year Telecommunication major with a passion for entertainment. She will continue to report for PopMedia TV in the Spring.