Laina Dawes

Hit TV Show "Empire" -- Why the Same Old Tired Black Stereotypes?

A month prior to the premiere episode of “Empire,” protests against police brutality and racial profiling were active in nearly every major city in North America. Political pundits, journalists and even a few celebrities critiqued the public perception of African Americans and urged people to look beyond media portrayals that present black people as one-dimensional characters. But despite the increase in public awareness around the power of racial stereotyping, “Empire proves that sometimes, stereotypics are good for business.

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