‘Empire’ Sparks Heated Debate Among Scholars On CNN

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One scholar believes that ?Empire? has done nothing more than promote racially stereotypical casting in Hollywood.

Not everyone was living for all of the delicious drama on ?Empire? every week. Dr. Boyce Watkins told CNN during a panel discussion that he doesn?t think Fox?s hit show hasn?t done anything to expand the Black narrative on TV thus limiting the kinds of roles that Black actors can land.

“A lot of black actors and actresses are just tired of being put in the ‘entertainment ghetto,’? Boyce stated. ?The entertainment ghetto is basically the place where you have roles that are shows that are specifically designed for black people, where black actors are kind of locked into.”

In his opinion, although ?Empire? is popular, it is nothing more than modern coonery. Anchor Don Lemon pointed out that other mainstream prime time soap operas like ?Dynasty? and ?Falcon Crest?…

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