Television 's Impact On America 's Society

838 Words Oct 9th, 2016 4 Pages
Fox’s television shows, Glee, was an introduction to the frequent ‘social issues’ teenagers in America faced daily. Glee is a musical comedy drama. The cast are majority Caucasians and addressed topics commonly faced by children such as “cyber bullying, schools shootings, suicides” are just to name a few many issues. Once Glee’s season ended, Fox has always been a trendy television station. Fox needed an innovative television show to satisfy their audience. The entrance of Fox’s television shows “Empire”. “Empire is a powerful drama about a family dynasty set within the glamorous and sometimes dangerous world of hip-hop music” 1(Fox.com/Empire). Like ‘Glee’, Fox’s drama show Empire addresses a number of social issues as well that ‘currently plague America’s society’, specifically the African American community, such as ‘homosexuality’, ‘mental illness’, and ‘police brutality’.
‘Empire’s main characters are the ‘Lyons, a successful African American family in the hip-hop music industry, who fight over who will run the family’s business: Empire entertainment. Power, sex, drugs, and violence are among the key plot points; however, Empire consistently includes social issues that affect the African American community within the plot. Lucious Lyon (Terrance Howard) considered the “king of hip-hop” and his ex-wife Cookie Lyon (Tarji P. Henson) are the founders of Empire. Together they had three sons: Hakeem (Bryshere Gray), Jamal (Jussie Smollett), and Andre (Trai Byers).’…
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