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 the Tavis Smiley show the other day for a very entertaining interview. Tip was in rare form as Tavis asked him about the rubberbands around his wrist (“Ice on one are, rubber bands on the other”) and explained that they keep him grounded and helps him remember where he came from. The “A” town rapper also discussed his record breaking “Paper Trail” release and how house arrest made him stronger.
Tip never ceases to impress me. He also appeared on The View recently and I hate I missed it. I’ve been searching high and low for a clip but for some odd reason it’s dayum impossible to find. If anyone has it or knows where I can find it, hit me up at ATLien@StraightFromTheA.com