I learned about the continuing existence of the Hawaiian Kingdom in a roundabout way through an interest in nuclear disarmament and the protests against U.S. military bases in Okinawa. Hawai’i’s history and its unresolved status as an occupied nation reveal a deeply ironic contradiction in America’s imperial project. The numerous American bases located around the […]
Last Wednesday marked the season finale of 2015’s biggest smash hit “Empire,” drawing in 17 million viewers to ever growing fanbase. “Empire” is probably my favorite show of 2015 so far, beating out “Archer” and “How to Get Away with Murder.” The show has everything a good drama should and every week its packs a wallop to the face.
It hinges on the performances of Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard’s one–two combo as Cookie and Lucious Lyon respectively. The only problem is that it is on my least favorite network: Fox. A show that is the perfect fusion of the UPN shows of my youth with the quality of a Shonda Rimes joint is on a network that has deemed themselves the savior of the black community.
It can’t be. I am a good liberal and a tolerant person. I am experiencing a level of cognitive dissonance no other person has felt because I support a show created by a network that does not particularly hold black people in a good light.