Yesha Callahan

Watch: One Chick Army’s “Empire & the Myth of the “Black Stereotype” Pt. 1

Saying that the “Empire” TV show is stereotypical and coonery is an easy accusation to make and has a host of supporters. It has all of the elements and representations of which many people of color try to distance themselves. But is it true or just a myth?

Labeling Empire “stereotypical” removes the need of accountability by throwing a veil over the problems and obstacles that truly affect people of color. It puts “black” artist in an unattainable role of needing to be perfect while shaming for being human and flawed. — One Chick Army

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  1. March 13, 2015 - Reply

    That was great! I admit that I was an Empire sceptic because of Fox’s history with black programming, but millions of people are not just swallowing crap. Empire looks to be a decent drama or soap opera, and Lord knows, we can always use some entertainment that features folks who look like us!

  2. March 13, 2015 - Reply

    Well, I’m not ashamed to say that I’m a huge Empire fan. My sister and I were discussing the stereotypes last Wednesday. She says she thinking of not watching anymore because there are no positive character. That’s her choice, but I’m gonna watch.

    • March 13, 2015 - Reply


      The problem with positive characters is that they are often so nice, they are boring. That was the way I felt about some of the positives characters that were on the old Cosby show. Positive should not mean without complexity or true humanity.

      • March 13, 2015 - Reply


        Agreed. I don’t know why positive means one has to be perfect or be devoid of being human when that in and of itself is problematic and just the opposite spectrum of being stereotypical because it doesn’t give a happy medium especially for black people because people tend to view us by either extreme. I agree with you on the Cosby Show though, I loved it and all it wanted to represent but the best episodes and moments to me is when the kids and parents weren’t perfect (i.e. When Clair wanted to snatch Vanessa after the Baltimore trip and Cliff had to restrain her in that moment they weren’t “perfect” but real) and that is how I view Empire because I feel like these characters could be real people which is one of the reasons I like the show.

    • March 13, 2015 - Reply


      she doesn’t think jamal is a positive character? i’m not even the most pro-gay person around & he gives me life. or how about gabby’s character. she comes off as such a hard worker & loyal employee. she has a great personality on this show.

  3. March 13, 2015 - Reply

    I too was skeptical about Empire but i started watching and got hooked, I think the music industry is crazy like that and i believe it has lots of drama just like the show. If folks don’t want to watch don’t watch it’s that simple, don’t try to shame other people that enjoy the show.

  4. March 13, 2015 - Reply

    I love Jamal so much.

  5. March 13, 2015 - Reply

    Every single thinkg

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