Put Your Differences to the Side for Family

If anybody asks me where I see myself in 20 years I would say married to my boo and owning my very own record label. I don’t know how I’m going to get there but I can see it. I am a big fanatic-yes fanatic-of music and art and the behind the scenes production of it all. The lights, camera’s and action! Then, sit back and watch an artist blossom on this platform that has been built to share this wonderful art. I love all types of genre’s. I am a poet and artist myself so I like to say I have a good eye and ear for remarkable talent. One of my favorite actresses is my girl Taraji P. Henson. I always said I wanted to watch a show where she was the leading role. One movie from time to time just isn’t enough!
So you can see why Fox’s newest show Empire is so appealing to me. Empire is what television needs. I’m not a big fan of reality TV. It just gets in the way of the production of great stories. Now I do watch Little Tykes on Esquire faithfully. I want to be a sports mom. But back to the subject at hand. If you haven’t watched Empire yet, I strongly advise that you do.
To catch everyone up to speed without spoiling it if you haven’t seen the show, Empire is a record company owned by Lucious Lyon (Terrance Howard), that he started with his ex-wife Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) years before. They have 3 sons, Andre, Jamal and Hakeem. Due to Cookie’s incarceration for 17 years, Lucious moved on and met his soon to be wife Anika who Cookie named Boo Boo Kitty.
On last nights episode Unto the Breach, it is found out (thanks to Cookie’s lovely yet not so professional assistant) that Boo Boo Kitty went behind her fiancé’s (or ex fiancé?) back and did some business with Lucious’s rival label and from there family drama just starts to unravel. Boo Boo Kitty is kicked out and starts trying to steal all of Lucious artist to help his rival as payback for sleeping with Cookie again. Lucious tells the family to put their differences aside and declares war. Yikes!
An emotional scene between the 3 brothers on the elevator showed that Andre is the only one who doesn’t have any musical talent, but he is very well educated and business savvy. This scene really showed the audience that this family has a lot of deep rooted issues that need to be addressed. But with the brothers own rendition of Lean on Me, one thing cannot be denied-that is that music has a way of healing the soul-in my best Bob Marley voice.
All families have their problems and issues. Hell, mines is not perfect either. But I have learned that when I’m at my mom’s house, cooking-as my niece says about my food-‘something delicious’ and playing some old skool jams…man it just makes us put our differences aside and brings us all together. Try it out and I can bet you my bottom dollar that I’m right.

With love,

-Mo Shands

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