“Bad Boy for Life” Strikes at Empire

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via Urbandaily.com

via Urbandaily.com

Earlier this month, our HSM writer, Akanimoh Ekong, wrote the top reasons to watch Fox’s hottest new musical drama, Empire. The story follows the founding family of an entertainment and hip-hop company and all the tribulations they face while trying to uphold the family name.  It has received great reviews based off the shattering rates, but someone has finally spoken against the series.

Rapper and entrepreneur Sean “Diddy” Combs has reportedly filed a lawsuit against the show, claiming that the story line mimics that of his own. Even further, he says that the lead character of Lucious Lyon, played by Terrence Howard, is him! Sounds weird, right? At least from my perspective, it is.

Allhiphop.com raised the same questions that I am sure everyone else has pondered at least once. The main ones the site brought up include the following:

1) Would this mean that one of his sons is gay and that he killed Notorious B.I.G.?

2) Was Bad Boy founded by drug money?

3) Who went to jail for almost two decades for him?

4) Did he ban Quincy from appearing for more reasons than him not being the music producer?


image via billboard.com

image via billboard.com

If Diddy happened to answer any of these, I am sure that the world would be shocked! That would open up a whole lot of problems on his end by confessing to major crimes such as murder. However, his cries for unfairness did not go unheard. Danny Strong, the creator of Empire, responded back by saying that the show has nothing to do with Diddy, but is loosely based on the life of rapper, Jay Z.

Music Times reported a portion of Strong’s interview in response to Diddy’s allegations. Strong was quoted as saying:

“For me, I don’t think in terms of ‘we have to be careful of certain things because of certain negative stereotypes’,” said Strong. “I view it as, the entire cast is African American, we’re gonna have all different types of characters, and we’re just gonna tell good stories. We’re not gonna sit here and play defense or think that our show is a representation of Black culture in it’s entirety. It’s not. It’s just this story. And for me, the story of people who have some sort of criminal past or gangster past is not individual to Black culture, it’s individual to so many cultures within American society. To me it’s an American dream story. This is metaphorical to so many people in America. How they rise up to power is through these means. Our goal is to tell a great story and to do the best that we can.”


In my opinion, I think that Diddy’s case may be a little weak and far-fetched. I think if he wants to be back in the spotlight again, he should stick to his infamous all-white parties and bring back another season of Making the Band. I am sure no one would object to seeing that series come back for another round!

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Brea Thompson is a junior studying Communication at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since coming to campus, Brea has been honing her writing skills through organizational projects such as the Student Senate Public Relations Committee and the Communication Association. She is an avid believer that storytelling is the most powerful way to inform, communicate and persuade an audience. When Brea is not writing, she enjoys thrifting, crafting do-it-yourself projects and looking for new hair products!

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