Well written as usual Charles. You capture so many aspects of the show's relevance and even included the voice of a non supporter. It's so important to have shows like this dissected because there is usually more to it than what's on the surface as is usually true of the Black/Urban experience.
I was prepared to hate this show and approached it sleepy eyed and with much apprehension. However, much to my surprise I can't stop watching! The show is well cast with good performances but it is the one liners from Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) that keep me coming back! Pure entertainment!
I really loved this and didn't see the show this way. I do agree that the show challenges many social issues within in the black community. But the problem I have with the show is why does black people in shows always have to be rich? Why couldn't they live in the suburbs and have normal people jobs? Not everyone wants to be in the entertainment industry. But as I digress this is a well written and directed show but their status is what bothers me. Very well written Mr. Easley.
That is the catch-22 "It is not the responsibility of one show to represent a culture." But it does. Black folks don't have the luxury of "other voices present in the media". You will not see a drama like "The Good Wife" with Black characters but we apparently can't get enough of Black "Divas" juking it up for the camera on Reality TV shows. And when independent filmmakers and storytellers try to raise their voice to have "other" stories told, they hear crickets. Little to no support from the Black community.
I'm absolutely positive Empire is a good show but I've never watched an episode and never will. I'm on a diet and Empire has way too much salt for my high blood pressure.
I'm enjoying the show but hope it goes deeper into character development and storylines. I'm all about a well-written drama and I think it will get that critical acclaim if it drills deep (as with any and all well-done stories).
I have not yet seen the show, but everyone I know has had positive things to say about it. I'm definitely going to tune in now after reading this article. THANKS
I just will never understand why people are saying bad things about the show. I finally like a show and most people in the black community saying that it's "coonery". It's a good drama show that I hope wins Emmys and academy awards in the future. I loved hustle and Flow, and love the chemistry between Terrance and Taraji.
Extremism: all or none got it...if we need 300 some pages vs a few. Lets go with that reasoning.
And "stop at red lights, go on green lights" seems to fit the simple Idea of a few.
Yikes... is this satire?
I didn't know the state did this! It's a worthwhile program, but I find it highly hypocritical that GOP lawmakers despise the birth control mandate in the affordable care act (under the guise that birth control doesn't treat a 'medical' condition) , but haven't said boo about this little ditty.
The one thing that is common to all religions is the belief their religion is the one true religion and their members are separate from and more enlightened than the followers of other belief systems.
Religion has been the cause of division and hate throughout recorded history. The Islamic belief that their deity wants them to convert everyone to Islam is no more bizarre than the Christian belief that their deity wants them to send missionaries around the world to convert people to Christianity. Equally absurd is the annual "war on Christmas" crusade that occurs every December.
Deeply religious people believe themselves to be the keepers of a special truth that others just cannot see or understand and they are constantly trying to get that special truth enacted into law so they can use the power of government to enforce it among the non believers.
Ailen your column is thoughtful and balanced. On the subject of faith and religion this is a great start. I wonder about your assertion that Allah and God are of the same basic tenets because they are both believed to be "one". I'm not sure but I think this is a point of contention between followers of each religion because Christians believe in the trinity.
Idlibi makes at least one loose claim that needs some attention, "As Muslims, we are expected to condemn every single attack carried out by someone who is claiming to be a Muslim. Can you imagine if we did that for other religions? If we expected Christians to denounce every crime committed by a Christian? It would be absurd!" Perhaps so, but the issue is about Muslims (or non Muslims) carrying out attacks IN THE NAME of Islam. There is nothing absurd about Christians, and non-Christians, being expected to condemn every single attack made IN THE NAME of Christianity. The same holds true for attacks made in the name of Islam.
I'm not a public Christian because other "followers" seem to me to be very far from the example of Christ. As someone with a lot of questions about Christianity (and Islam) I'm looking forward to a presentation this Wednesday 2/4 being held at UNCC and featuring Stuart McAllister, a defender of Christianity on the topic: Whose truth, which perspective? Isn't everyone right? Free admission and everyone welcome. Maybe I will see you there.
You're right. I was too quick to trust that a seasoned reporter and Rolling Stone's editors had done their jobs. I was wrong to take their reporting and fact-checking at face value. And for that, I apologize.
The book, J Man. The Book!
Jerry, you need to write a book...
I just saw this post after I was looking for info on the 74 concert (Jam Up) featuring Argent and Jim Croce. Great memory. Brings Charlotte right back to me. Thanks!
Good article, stay on it!
I thought this was a great & honest read. Hopefully Latino folks can see the real problems and work to help eradicate some of those issues that we all face.
What a great dose of "reality check" :)
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