The hit Fox series EMPIRE left it’s mark with stellar ratings for it’s premier season but it seems that while the scripted urban drama has its fans, it also has an equitable share of critics.
[READ: Empire Finale Draws Record Breaking Ratings! Was it Everything You Expected?? (WATCH FULL VIDEO)]
Tavis Smiley is one EMPIRE’s detractors, and he voiced his opinion about the show’s lack of positive characters during a recent interview with Larry King, stating that the popular show reflects the ‘worst’ of black people.
“There is a debate in the black community that hasn’t really surfaced, hasn’t really boiled to the top yet, but I hear it in barbershops and other places,” Smiley says,
“that whether the problem with Empire is that it advances the worst of every pathology that black people have—crime and drug dealing and this and that and the other. A lot of people are looking for positive characters that may come out in the second season. But the first season, everybody is like, ‘Arhhh!’ ” Smiley stated.
Watch video of Tavis Smiley’s interview + Lee Daniel’s response to the criticism below…. Continue Reading…
T.I. hit up MTV recently to reveal his plans for the AKOO clothing line:
The direction of the clothing line, in my eyes, is upscale urban apparel. I just wanna continue to diversify. Continue to grow. Continue to speak to the cool kids of America. That’s my idealistic outcome.
T.I. appeared on CNN’s Larry King LIVE show last week and made sure he left his mark with the aging talk show host.
[WATCH: T.I.’s Larry King LIVE Interview – FULL VIDEO]
The self professed KING of rap graced the KING of the LIVE talk show with a signature AKOO bag filled with an AKOO sweater and jeans from the line.
Larry was spotted carrying the bag just moments after the interview:
Click HERE for a detailed closeup of the bag.
If he’s smart, Larry will be rockin those saggin AKOO jeans soon. That’s one surefire way to keep his young wife entertained…
Clifford “T.I.” Harris appeared on The Larry King LIVE show last night in his first post jail interview since being released from federal prison for weapons charges.
King grilled the 29 year old rapper about his desire for fire-power and why he felt the need to have so many weapons in his possession.
In a detailed explanation, Tip said it all began when his friend, Philant Johnson, was murdered and how he felt that he was actually the intended target, not Johnson.
“It came from an attempt that was made on my life,” T.I. told King. “It caused a state of depression and paranoia. My judgment was jaded, and I felt my life was in danger.”
Besides all the serious topics about weapons & killings, the interview was actually pretty entertaining. Tip talked about fatherhood, his love for Tiny “Tameka” Cottle, and even took the opportunity to display his broad vocabulary. [Sidenote: “absolutely” appears to be one of his absolutely favorite words.]
I could care less about what he had to say, I just liked hearing him say it. Ain’t nothin like a Atlanta man’s dialect!
Watch the FULL interview: Continue Reading…