PBS’s Tavis Smiley says Fox’s monster hit show Empire may not be showing the best images of Black people on television. In fact, he suggests it may actually be showing only the worst.
In a clip from his upcoming interview on Larry King’s PoliticKING , the television host said he’s overheard conversations in barber shops and other community haunts about the problems with cultural representations among the characters, played by stars like Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson.
“There is a debate in the Black community that hasn’t really surfaced, hasn’t really boiled to the top yet, but I hear it in barber shops and other places, [about] whether the problem with Empire is that it advances the worst of every pathology that Black people have – crime and drug dealing and this and that and the other. A lof ot people are looking for positive characters that may come out in the second season. But the first season everybody is ahhh!”
The interview airs April 7. Check out the video clip below:
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1. Tracee Ellis Ross, 42, is starring on "Black-ish."
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2. Taraji P. Henson, 44, is the bodacious Cookie on 'Empire.'
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3. Angela Bassett, 56, stars on "American Horror Story."
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4. Viola Davis, 49, stars on "How To Get Away With Murder."
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5. Wendy Williams, 50, is the host of her own daytime TV show.
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6. Gabrielle Union, 42, plays Mary Jane Paul on the BET hit "Being Mary Jane."
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7. Kerry Washington, 38, is fixer Olivia Pope on 'Scandal."
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8. Tichina Arnold, 45, plays a ballplayer's mother on "Survivor's Remorse" on Starz.
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9. Alfre Woodward, 62, plays Madame President on "State Of Affairs."
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10. Shanola Hampton, 37, stars on "Shameless.'
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11. Gina Torres, who is also married to Laurence Fishburne, stars in 'Suits' as Jessica Pearson. She turns 46 in April. (PR)
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12. Tamara Tunie is 55. She stars on Law & Order (SVU) as the Chief Medical Examiner, Melinda Warner (PR).
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13. Tamara Taylor is 44. She stars on the drama 'Bones' as Dr. Camille Saroyan, head of the Forensic Division. (PR)
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14. Nicole Murphy, star of "Hollywood Exes" is a fly 47.
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15. Jada Pinkett Smith, 43, plays Fish Mooney on 'Gotham.'
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16. Halle Berry, 48, starred on "Extant" on CBS.
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