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Black Women Breaking Barriers: Viola Davis Wins An Emmy

by AYSIA MORTON

Even if you were not tuned into the Emmys last Sunday, I’m sure you have seen multiple headlines and tweets about the historic moment when Viola Davis won the Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She is the first black actress to win an award in this category.

Davis, who was in utter shock as her name was called, was given a standing ovation by fellow nominee Taraji P. Henson. Henson appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Tuesday to address Davis’s win along with her thoughts on being one of the only two African American women nominated.

“God, just please give it to one of us so we will never have to say that again. You know, let’s just break this barrier down and keep on pushing.”

Davis delivered a phenomenal speech which brought audience members to tears.

“In my mind, I see a line. And over that line, I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me over that line. But I can’t seem to get there nohow. I can’t seem to get over that line. That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800s. And let me tell you something: The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”

After her speech, social media flooded with positive messages of people supporting and commending Davis. According to Leigh Cuen of Vocativ.com, “posts using hashtags including #blackexcellence and #blackgirlmagic skyrocketed, with the latter garnering over 7,000 mentions in tweets about the Emmys.”

Alongside Davis, other notable women of color who won Emmys include Uzo Aduba from the hit show Orange is the New Black and American Crime‘s Regina King.

Empire Season 1’s Moments To Remember

by MARYAM OUTLAW

They say Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but let’s be real: it’s Autumn. Not just because of football or bold lip colors, but also because Cookie and the gang are back to fight once again over that multi-million dollar empire.

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Yes, FOX’s Empire is that loud uncle at the barbeque who likes to make everyone uncomfortable by drinking way too many Heineken beers, while forcing them to engage in weirdo 90s dance moves such as “the bump.” Cringe-worthy, but extremely fulfilling nonetheless. So to celebrate its second season premiere September 23rd, a recap of all the melodramatic moments that pretty much killed us dead last season is in session. Continue reading Empire Season 1’s Moments To Remember

Empire Review: Lyons, and Sex, and Drugs! Oh My!

By MYA GREEN

*SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen this week’s episode, you may want to come back and read after you have*

Well folks, I don’t know about you but I am still stunned by this week’s dose of melodrama from FOX’s highest rated show this season. Every Wednesday when the clock strikes nine we wait by our televisions for our favorite musical drama (and to see Cookie’s sassy antics and killer outfits, duh). The music is catchy and the acting is bearable so we tune in faithfully and this week was a treat to say the least.

When the drama begins we see Lucius Lyon having to make a decision that seems like a no brainer about who to bring with him to the hospital after fainting. The fact that he had to think twice about whether to bring Anika or Cookie really gave us clues about what was to come. There have been flirty vibes and romantic gazes exchanged all season between Cookie and Lyon so when they…well, let’s save the best for last shall we.

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FOX premieres new series “Empire”

by BREANA BACON

Well, ladies and gents, I have returned and I have found what I believe will be one of the best series on television this year.

Courtesy: hitfix.com
Courtesy: hitfix.com

Empire, created by Lee Daniels, director of the powerful film The Butler, made its debut on FOX tonight . The show features two Oscar-nominated actors, Maryland-native Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard. Coincidentally (or not), the pair were also the stars of the 2005 Indie/hip hop film Hustle & Flow. When I first watched the trailer for the first time around Christmas, I started calling the show ‘Hustle & Flow Part II’ and after watching the pilot episode, I stand by that.

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Courtesy: metroactive.com

As the show opened and Lucious Lyon, played by Howard, began with a monologue about selling  drugs at the age of nine on the streets of Philadelphia, and the familiar line of how “music saved my life,” I couldn’t help but reminisce about DJay selling mixtapes out the trunk of his car at the bar. But anywho.

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