The Rise of an Empire

Emily Fojon, Entertainment Writer

Empire, a newly released music based series has been on the rise since its release in 2015. The soap opera is currently on its third season and opened with 10.8 million viewers. The directors and screenwriters have excelled in attracting the attention of their viewers using emotional appeal in storylines that can relate to many people. For example, storylines involving loss in a family and living with someone with a disability. From the countless love stories (which include the love/hate relationship between actors Terrence Howard and Taraji P Henson, who portray Lucious and Cookie Lyon, respectively), to the verity of music, ranging from upbeat pop to soulful R&B. “The rap songs aren’t the best, but the R&B songs are pretty good,” stated TERRA junior Kristine Toraya. Empire has been a sensational hit all around the United States with social media booming over the show and the show’s climbing views.

Since the beginning of this series, there has been nothing but support from fans.“This show is very good. It keeps you on the edge of your seat making want more drama, love stories, and music to add to your play list,” stated by senior Demi Carballosa. The casting is racially diverse, but the fact that the actors are well known (Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, and Gabourey Sidibe), gives them an advantage to talk about controversial topics such as Black Lives Matter and the LGBTQ community through their captivating stories and music highlighting these issues.

This season on Empire, the characters tackle the loss of Rhonda Lyon (portrayed by Kaitlin Doubleday), Andre’s wife, after she fell off a balcony. The writers accurately portray the controversial issue of police brutality with creating a scene where Andre (portrayed by Trai Byers) is approached by officers and accuse him of breaking and entering into his home after his wife’s death and arrest him with no just cause. “This scene portrays the recent news coverage in this matter accurately,” said junior Marla McLeod. Empire is improving after each episode and beautifully creates episodes that captivate all audiences and get viewers engaged in the show.