What Empire Will Survive?

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. Romans 7:18 EVS

Last week, I watched for the first time the latest Fox television episode of Empire and found myself totally blown away at the underhanded and wretchedness of an agenda that most viewers, especially black folks, are not even paying attention too.

Empire is about a successful black family who gained their fortune through music. I venture to suggest, that the creators of this soap opera had to come up with the genre of rap and hip-hop music as its backdrop (this of course is to pull in a young audience who rarely tuned into television as in the past).

Here is a quick synopsis of the Empire family breakdown. The father and mother were once drug dealers and the mother took the fall and served 17 years in prison. During her time in prison, the father builds a music empire and raises their three sons. Now, the mother is out and wants her share of the business, and the father, is pushing to have his youngest son become a major music icon. The middle child who is gay is disdained by his father but loved by his mother. And lastly, there is the older son, ivory league educated, married to a white woman, and who seems to resent his true identity as a black man. The conflict of the show has the sons competing to take charge of the family business when their father steps down. And as we all know, power and money corrupt and to complement all this drama is sex and betrayal.

Now, here is the kicker. Empire really isn’t about the family; it is supposedly strategically center on putting the black community on blast by trying to shame us into submission to accept the Gay agenda.

Who is behind this show? Lee Daniels.

“Homophobia is rampant in the African-American community, and men are on the DL. They don’t come out [and] they’re killing our women,” creator Lee Daniels told critics at the Television Critics Association winter previews Saturday. “I wanted to blow the lid off of it, and of homophobia, in our community.”

Mr. Lee Daniels is a well-known director, writer, producer and actor. He is also gay.

You may be aware of some of his work. He produced, Monster’s Ball in 2001 (Halle Berry won Oscar best actress award) and was the director of the movie, Precious in 2009 (received six academy award nominations, Mo’Nique won Oscar for best supporting actress) and in 2013 he directed the film The Butler. Mr. Daniels has a longer distinguish record in the film industry but I have chosen to just bring these three well-known movies to your attention.

Mr. Daniels in his interviews has not hidden his agenda as a gay man. He actually has stated in his interviews, that the intent of this show (Empire), in his own words, “I Want to Blow the Lid Off of Homophobia” among African-Americans.

As one black woman, I can attest that the black community may be the only group of people who have the attitude, “you can do whatever you want, just don’t get in my way when you do it.” We have always been a welcoming and accepting people and regardless of one’s race, gender, ethnic, sexual preference or social standing you can move in our neighborhoods without fear of crosses being burnt or being harassed.

Well, I guess black folks were cool people, up until now, since Mr. Lee Daniels has made a decision to declare war on his own people.

There you have it. If you thought Empire was to entertain the masses…you have been duped.

In 2015, with young black males systematically being murdered and killed, Mr. Daniels answer to life matters is to put his own selfish agenda at the top of the black man’s fight for respect, dignity and justice.

If you want to find out who is winning right now, just check the stats. Empire has already 10 million viewers and the numbers are increasing weekly and the show will be picked up for a second season.

Now, ask yourself this question black folks, what empire will survive?

In Christ Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2015 The Year of Our Lord.

A Commentary of “Empire” by Dr. Boyce Watkins