In 2015 FOX's Empire became a worldwide phenomenon shattering records for a new primetime black television series with 15 million viewers weekly, dominating social media, and being hailed as the savior of mainstream television.
With its unique depictions of the family, the music industry, feminism, masculinity, LGBTQ issues, race, mental illness, and the American Dream, Empire, a hip-hopera inspired by Shakespeare's King Lear and the 1980s soap opera Dynasty, is at the forefront of a renaissance in black popular culture.
Its success sparked a revolution in new programming created by and starring African-Americans between 2015 and 2017.
Nevertheless, Empire is the most polarizing television series in the black community.
Is Empire shifting paradigms with its depiction of blackness or promoting destructive stereotypes?This critical study analyzes the multifaceted issues presented in Empire's first three seasons from an interdisciplinary perspective.
It assesses Empire's role in the evolution of black images on television and other mediums of popular culture by examining past and present diverse bodies of literature and media, analytical data, and discussions on respectability.
Finally, it evaluates Empire's influence on black empowerment in Hollywood and the potency of these images in American race relations today.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 219 pages
- Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
- Publication Date: 30/04/2018
- Category: Rap & Hip-Hop
- ISBN: 9781476673677