Empire has propagated this notion even more because here we have a talented music family who has everything going for them but somewhere in the story. The producers had to throw in a fact that the basis of the families’ riches was drug money and they have to get their hands get their dirty.
It is hard to see a black TV family whose success is not tied to something except it is a sitcom where it is all rosy. More often than not, this stereotype is also engrained in the minds of viewers that a lot of people now always assume that for a black or Hispanic family to be successful, they have to be involved in something shady because it is impossible for these families to have real and legitimate wealth without a criminal undertone.
Why can’t Luscious Lion rise to the top of the music business without having to get his hand shady? Well, your guess is as good as mine!
It is easy to say, “oh it is just a movie and we need the twist and turn to make it interesting” but this movie goes a long way in influencing the way people think and it might even make some people start thinking “Is Oprah all that legit?” and they won’t be seen as being out of place because it is what we keep pushing out.
So I gotta ask, is this trend more dangerous than I say it is or I’m I just being too serious or paranoid?