My Empire Finale Recap: Part 1 of 2

I didn't watch "Empire" with my favorite people last night because I was on a plane.  My flight didn't land until around 1:00 am so it was well into the two o'clock hour before I pulled up in the driveway.  I was tired as hell and got in the bed.  Then...I simply couldn't help myself...I checked Hulu and there they were...two shiny new episodes of my soap opera dream.  YAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSS!

Hell yeah I watched it and loved it.  I adore this show for what the over the top nonsense means...PURE ENTERTAINMENT!  

You have to watch this show with a crew in order to get how entertaining it is.  My favorite people that I normally watch it with are honestly the funniest people on the planet.  Some of them need to write for Tina Fey.  LOL!  They are just that funny!  LOL!  Is the show all over the place?  Yes.  Are they running through plots fast as hell?  Yes.  Do they have a lot they need to tie up?  Yes.  Is  a lot of it superfantastical?  Yes.  BUT I LOVE IT SO FOR ALL OF THOSE REASONS!!!  ROFL!

So this morning I got up slow and low.  Exhausted.  And when I say this morning...I'm saying now...10:53am.  Okay...thirty minutes ago cuz I'm that kinda tired that hurts somehow even though you don't feel pain-pain.  Just achy, cranky, hazy, bloated face tired.

But I'm 'bout to watch it again friend!

Goals for today?  

Current situation:

So Lucious got the shakes again playing the piano.  Yall know I can't stand him right?  RIGHT.  Dude is evil personified and I was totally hoping he'd be the one who got killed.  

Becky:  You use your inside voice when you talk to Becky!

That was the first B'What??????????  LOL!

I like how Cookie just gives music advice with a baby on her hip.  

Becky knows where Cookie is cuz she was sweet on Sweetface too.  LOL!  

Poor Hakeem.  I feel sorry for that lil youngun.  

Lucious thinks he is bigger than life.  He wants to go out like a god. Lowercase.

Only Cookie would be in them boots in snow.  LOL!  ONLY.COOKIE!  And that coat and that bag.

"Let's build a snowman."

"Oooooh yeah but I'm not trying to do that."

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Sweetface is SO.CUTE!  So glad that bunk part is out of his head now.  It is beautiful that she's only been with her the father of her children.  Unheard of these days.  Whose glad Sweetface's shirt had snap buttons?  LOL!  GET IT COOKIE!!!!!!!!  

Where'd man nurse come from?

Awww...Jamal a gay role model.  Nice.  

Cookie all booed up.  I never understood being booed up on the floor though.  I'm sorry...mattresses make everything better.

I could totally do without Snoop at all times.  

Empire's offices stay filled reporters and flowing likka.  I hate how Lucious talks to female reporters.  He is such a turd.  DID YALL SEE THAT MARIO VAN PEEBLES directed this?

Here Lucious go with that god mess again.  Lowercase.  Snoop jesus?  #BoyBye

Malcolm.  Berkshires.

Is Hakeem rocking a leather onesie with a vest?  WARDROBE!

Snoop on my screen.  Bathroom break while *YAWNING*

Dude in the gold hat on the drums is giving me LIFE!

I'm in this joint rewinding Hulu like it's a cassette in my boom box back in the day.

Hey yo they call me Keem, what’s poppin’ fellas? The way I spit it, I even make my daddy jealous. Yall think he got the power, whooo shame the devil, that poor fool can’t even keep his family together. They say that he the king, well I’m the prince, Imma run the empire and leave withcha B**. I’m gone.

Gold hat dude like..."DON'T PUT THAT ON ME RICKY BOBBY!  I AIN'T GOT NUTTIN TO DO WITH THAT BROTHER LUCIOUS!"

Best acting in this episode goes to the dude standing next to Lucious during Hakeem's rap battle.  I love him.  He reacted just like I would if I was standing next to Lucious.  He should be famous TOMORROW!  Extra of the year!  Best non-verbal acting in ten seconds!  He's like...DAMN BRUH...YO SHIT STANK!  

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!  

If anybody knows that dude tell him I'm looking for him.  For real.  LOL!

Hakeem is going to snap.  His parents always hitting him and ish.  UGH.  

Hate Lucious even more now.  Hakeem spit on him.  Cold.

Hakeem...you can't leave Empire.  It's in your blood.

Them red leather chairs the brothers are sitting in talking about how dog dirty Lucious is?  ALL.OF.THAT.  Gimme them chairs.

Yall see how them guts got yanked when he realized Cookie was in the Berkshires with Sweetface Malcolm?  To quote my most non-hood framily, he "in his feelings" big time.  ROFL!

Porsha...a mess.

I like JHud with loose sleeves and pencil skirts past her knees.  And tights.  Good wardrobe decisions.

Andre 'bout to get him some holy juice.

That's exactly how me and Dr. Punkin would show up if I was Cookie.  Or if she was Cookie.  She's shorter than me.  Like Cookie is shorter than her sister, Carol.

Lucious is such a dick.  He mad for real!  

"Seventeen years Bitch!  Everybody waiting on you to die Lucious!"

That was cold too.  But I get it.

Andre is overnight saved.  

That dress Cookie is wearing?  Seriously?  GIMME THAT DRESS!

Cookie...go with Malcolm and make jams in Vermont...wait...wrong show....

Andre quitting.  Now we all know Rhonda is not going to let that happen.  She is going to end up running Empire in the third season.  Watch.  

Lucious and his god complex again talking about music is the voice of god.  Lowercase.

So Lucious has two sons that have no problem showing they hate him.  He has one left.  The gay one.

THE PRODIGAL SON.

Ironical.  *GIGGLE*

Jamal is the most like Lucious than all of them.  He can hide his hatred as long as it serves his purpose.  Oh...Jamal is a monster. 

"Oh I get it.  You want me to throw your azz in the trashcan again."  Yall...I for real hate him.  If I saw him in real life...I would call him out his name!  "At least you walk like a man."

SERIOUSLY LUCIOUS?

This jam session was hot.  AFTER Jamal took over cuz um...Lucious...I mean...Quentin.  Cuz yall KNOW whenever he has a guitar in his hands he is straight QUENTIN!  (WHEN QUENTIN THREW THAT PHONE THO'!!!!!)

I couldn't shoot someone point blank range.  The blood splatter on my face would take me out.

This full fuchsia fur Cookie is rocking?  Yes.  (Who else thinks Lucious and Carol got it on?  And yall see how Carol went fixed herself a drink while Cookie and Lucious were talking?  Yeah...she's been there before.)

So Jamal is Big Red now huh?  His office hours 9 to 5?

Anika 'nem get it on in open rooms with beads as a barrier?  Really?  Okay.  Can we talk about how nasty she is for sleeping with her two weeks ago fiance's lil boy?  And Hakeem?  That boy needs to be tested for STD's STAT!  He does the most with his lil young chest.  Him need bleach baths.

Imma be honest with you.  If a doctor told me I had something that was going to kill me and then came back months later like...OOPS...my bad?  SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT!

So now we have the Spike Lee camera moves mixed in with Al Pacino from "Devil's Advocate" as he realizes he's not dying.  Lucious on that heavyweight hate ego pill.

Now what Lucious did in that church house when JHud dared wear above the knee skirt...he wrong for that.  He so fake and evil.  Why would you keep hurting that child?  SERIOUSLY?

Poor Andre.

Why was Cookie in the house with Lucious?  I don't get this at all.

BUNKY!  He got his chain back from Hakeem.

OOOOOOOOH!  HE 'BOUT TO TELL IT!  HE KILLED BUNKY!  

KILL HIM COOKIE!  HE TALKING 'BOUT YOU AND YOUR BABIES!!!!!!!!!  THIS SOAP OPERA JUST SCARED ME WITH THAT PHOENIX FROM THE ASHES MESSIAH STUFF.  WE ALL NEED HOLY WATER.

Jamal is seriously his father's son.  Yall KNOW Lucious has gotten busy just like that on that desk before.  

KILL HIM COOKIE!  KILL HIM!  HE SHOULD DIE!  YOU SHOULD KILL HIM!

There were four B'what moments, three Daaaaaaaaaaayums and four WHAT THE FUGS in this episode.  There wasn't enough Cookie in this episode and I want my Sweetface back.

Whatchall got?    Who do you watch it with?  Who do you immediately call during commercials and when it's over?  LOL!  Me?  T-Rhonda.  Even though she straight TORTURED me last night!  LOL!

 

"Empire" Questions

I watched The Cookie Show again this morning and then turned on some music.  Seemed fitting that Jazzmine Sullivan's "Forever Doesn't Last Too Long" because that's what I was thinking.  Forever sure in the hell doesn't last too long anymore.

My thoughts on Lucious?  That dude has the type of issues I wouldn't want to be anywhere around.  Watching Cookie fall out of love with him has been eye opening to say the least.  See...had he not divorced her while she was in jail, she never would have.  She would have stayed married to him like Whitney and Bobby and being around that level of ugly on a regular basis would have surely turned her into a Cookie we wouldn't like.

Cookie is, above all else, a mother.  And she has shown that time and time again.  She will put her kids first no matter what and realizing what Lucious subjected them to while she was locked up has awakened her into a MAJOR MAMA BEAR.  

Sure, she's a woman and she has needs so I'm really wondering if Lucious asks her to marry him again, will she?  I mean...sure...she is digging Sweetface big time but she's a smart businesswoman and knows that Lucious is dying so if she marrieds him then she doesn't have to worry about anyone taking Empire away from her and her kids.

Lucious is so germy to me.  I don't like him at all.  Dude is the worst-er-est.

QUESTIONS:

1.  Do you think Lucious was lying about the baby?

2.  Do you think he will still ask Cookie to marry him?  Do you think she'll say yes?

3.  Do you think Cookie will accept that bipolar disorder is very real and her son has it?

4.  Do you think Lucious and Vernon are going to have a for real show down?

5.  What do you LIKE about Lucious?

6.  Besides Cookie...who is your favorite character and why?

7.  Will they ever find out what Boo Boo Kitty did to Elle?

8.  Lucious has offended each of his sons beyond reason.  Do yall think they are going to mount up and be done with him lead by Jamal and take over the company?  

9.  Were you surprised at how Andre's wife went in on Lucious about those shares?

10.  Who do YOU think should run the company?

Lucious and THE GAY AGENDA

The morning after the last episode of "Empire" I fell down a rabbit hole following links while reading recaps.  (I enjoy reading what others say about the show when they have a good voice.  LOL!)  I kept falling and falling tumbling head over heels until I landed on an extremely precarious ledge watching a YouTube video with 4 Black men sitting around in old school Black power meeting fashions discussing the show.  Like...I had to *BLINK* and get my mind right because what I was seeing looked as if it was from 1969...but they were discussing a show from 2015...that was on just last night.

Moving on...

The main guy began to say just how dangerous the show is to Black people because of how it is pushing the gay agenda on us and how the gay agenda is a major contributor of the downfall of the Black family and community.

I put my hand up on the slippery wall behind me from the ledge I was standing on...feeling the ledge crumble under me as I scrambled to get the hell up outta there.  I closed my eyes to the daishikis and caps without bills and pulled myself up.  Along the way, I clicked on another video with a young man who, I'm sorry to say, LOOKED gay and SPOKE gay (I know that sounds horrible...but hey...he did) pretty much saying some of the same things.

And I was puzzled.

When my head cleared the dankness of that hole and I started breathing clean air again...it made me start thinking of this GAY AGENDA.

I have gay family, framily and friends.  We all do if we're honest with ourselves.  I'm pretty close to many of them and we share our life. I thought about what their agenda seems to be when I'm talking to or being with them and I'll be honest when I say...such conversation never comes up.  Maybe because we're all comfortable being ourselves with each other.  But again...maybe because THE GAY AGENDA is pretty much just having the same things we straight people take for granted.  If that is THE GAY AGENDA...cool.  No biggie.  You want to love who you want to love, you want to not be discriminated against, you don't want to be targeted violently by hateful azz people, you want your spouse to have the same benefits as that of a straight couple spouse, you don't want to suffer the pain of being ousted from your spouse's hospital room on their deathbed by their "legal" next of kin who believes your love is immoral.

Seems pretty basic to me.

But the way those men sitting around the table were discussing THE GAY AGENDA...it was as if they saw something I never considered.  Some evil, banal part of being gay that exists on the other side of acceptance.  Like...the world would never, ever be the same good that many of us believe it to be, again...if gay people were...well...gay.

I mean...we can all agree that gay people exist right?  I'd hope so.  I mean sheesh...no brainer there.  What are WE supposed to do with them if we aren't supposed to accept them?  And who are we to even think we have a choice in if they get to be gay or not?

I stopped thinking about it because those types of conversations always bother me.  I moved on with my week.  

A conversation lead me right back to thinking about it recently when someone whose opinion I respect shared with me that they believe homosexuality was a sin.  I'd never heard this person actually say this out loud before so it stopped me.  I have a tendency of having selective memory when it comes to those I love so hey...maybe they've shared this before and I just choose to skip on past it and subconsciously knew to never bring it up in conversation with them again so I could keep my level of respect of their opinion intact.  The conversation wasn't contentious.  I shared that I didn't believe it was a sin stating that the Ten Commandments were pretty clear as to what is considered a sin and well...homosexuality isn't listed.  The person is a good debater so they stated their belief didn't come from a place of hate and that they accepted that gay people existed but yes it is a sin.

And I struggled to put together the connection of the conversation we started with to where we were.

Knowing me as I do...I decided it was time to end the conversation.  I simply didn't want to discuss it any longer and got off the phone.  I was disappointed in the person and, my not being able to continue to discuss it with them, disappointed them in me.

"Sometimes we get disappointed."

When my husband came home from the golf course, I was still feeling some kinda way and I discussed it with him.  He shared with me that I'd probably be really surprised at how many people we knew actually felt the same.

And I wanted to know for sure so I sent out a text message to the people I'd recently spoken to via text that asked:

YES OR NO QUESTION:  Do you believe homosexuality is a sin?

The answers started coming back immediately and I was shocked at the responses but I did note a few patterns and some things that really stood out.

1.  Those I was the closest to, and interacted with daily, did not think it was a sin.

2.  ALL the Black men (except for one) thought it was a sin.

3.  ALL the White people did NOT think it was a sin.

4.  The most Catholic Black woman I know did NOT think it was a sin.

5.  Only ONE Black woman who said yes answered with one word.  The rest who said yes, felt the need to explain their belief.

The most shocking person to me was an Elder Black man who I straight up thought was going to say yes.  His answer?  "No it's not sin...but it's nasty and I'm eating.  Get off my phone."  The more I thought about it however, and thought about him and how he lives his life...I should have expected him to respond in that exact way cuz he's a trip and he's the happiest man I know.

The exercise made me realize that there are no precursors for being yes or no on this issue but...if you're a Black man...you are probably going to believe it's  sin.  

I remembered in that rabbit hole, one of the "panel" members saying he understood Lucious not wanting his son to be gay and how Lucious wanting his son to be a MAN was admirable.  I remembered thinking...Lucious killed his best friend at point blank range.  He then stood up in the church house at his funeral and spoke.  Lucious has killed countless other people and might drop Anika in that same river this week.  Lucious cheats, sold drugs to his community to get his family out of the hood and let his wife go to jail for 17 years while he lived high on the hog she laid at his feet.

But...you're comfortable aligning yourself with the way Lucious thinks.  Lucious clearly thinks he is God and owns the power to decide who should live and whom shouldn't live and HOW they should live.  

Saints and sinners.

It all just made me think.  My mind all over the place knowing the church's stance on this matter is one of the main reasons why I stay out of the church.  Especially Catholic churches.  One of the most poignant text conversations I had was with someone who doesn't believe it is a sin but still grappling with their "Catholic guilt" over the issue.  She stated...

If they are Catholic, they are “supposed” to believe it is a sin. But they can still embrace that person. “Love the sinner, not the sin.” But, for me (and this probably makes me a bad Catholic) I believe, since we all are already “sinners”, according to Catholicism, that the real sins are the ones that hurt someone else. I, personally don’t feel that homosexuality truly hurts other people, unless it is someone who is a [Catholic] homosexual and feels so conflicted inside as to hate themselves because they do not want to be that way.

To which I responded...

One of the major reasons why I fell out with the Catholic church early on. I believe they took that hard lined stance forever ago because they wanted to add additional guilt to priests contemplating or CURRENTLY raping little boys.

And...we moved on as we do.  We'll probably never discuss this issue again.  I was simply wondering.

Surprisingly I was only disappointed in the response from the initial person I was talking to and I guess I need to deal with that.  It's probably because I respect pretty much everything about them so maybe I'd put my own feelings onto what I thought they felt about this issue too.  Like...taken for granted it was something we'd agree on and didn't have to THINK about.  

But again...I have selective memory when it comes to those I love.  You have to right?  We all do.  When we love someone...our mind justifies our love and creates blank spaces when necessary.

Again...this was simply a personal exercise for me.  It didn't change anything.  I just wanted to know and well...it's not something I discuss on a regular with people I don't interact with daily.  There is so much more that could be said, of course, like another conversation about the deadly sins and if those are sins against God or against man and if sins against man are the same as SINS. So much that is up to personal interpretation.  

And so much personal interpretation of things which don't affect many of us end up affecting those who are living that life.    

So...I'll ask you the same:

YES OR NO QUESTION:  Do you believe homosexuality is a sin?  Do you ever discuss this topic with people?  


Link to AudioBlog of this post:  Lucious and THE GAY AGENDA

Empire Questions

Good morning!!!!!  I'm re-watching The Cookie Show.  I feel like I mighta, coulda missed something so yeah...re-watching just in case.  I'm still shook behind that ending and the preview of next week's episode though.  #StillShook  

And yall...just betwix me and you...Andre do crazy too well for me.  If I met him in real life I'd smile and wave from a distance.  Keeping it moving.  LOL!

 

1.  Do yall think Lucious is going to leave Ughmo and get back with Cookie?

2.  Is it wrong for them to do what they did?  He's engaged!  But they never stopped loving each other right?  

3.  How do you feel about Ughmo (Anika) now that she didn't burst up in there swanging on folks?  Think she really loves Lucious?  Or does she really love Empire?

4.  Yall think Andre is going to swing on Vernon for not telling him about his daddy?

5.  #TeamCookie or #TeamAnika?

BONUS QUESTION...

#TeamAmber or #TeamKhloe? <-----------BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

 

Blogging While Watching "Empire"

I can't type when Cookie is on the television.  She seriously mesmerizes me so I have to keep rewinding.

Akeem (or is it Hakeem), the Prince of Zamunda, brings me joy.  He honestly has no fugs to give.  He just wants someone to do the songs, tell him what to rap, and then get up in front of a camera and rap them.  That lil boy isn't hungry.

HERE COMES COOKIE!  Busting in with Precious following as always.  (I'm going to HAVE to call that woman by her real name.  This is getting disrespectful.)

Cookie:  Lemme tell you what I want!

Why is the assistant giving out dead people's SS #'s?  I bet she used to get a crazy check.  Love her hair.

Prince Zamunda had better stopped trying his mama in front of people.

Boo Boo better watch her back.  At least she's wearing her pearls right this episode.  When she had the bottom of them peaking out of that dress the other time I rolled my eyes clean out my head.  Oh...and they're too long.

DID HE CALL THAT CHILD DONKEY KONG AND TELL COOKIE TO PUT HER IN A BARREL?  BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

LOVING Taraji's hair! (My hair currently?  Lawd...the flu laughs at vanity.  LOL!)

Lil Tiana is super cute.  Love her hair too.  Not loving the scallop skirt.

Lucious loves Precious.  They are super close.  I bet show knows all his secrets.  I hope we see her life outside of the office.  

Aw lawd...Titan shooting and whatnot???????????

I hate dark bathrooms.  Could be hiding all kinds of wet germs.

How'd he think he was going to hide that from his wife?  If Robby told me some ish like that weeks after he knew I'd gut him right then and there.  

Aw lawd...Cookie in Boo Boo's meeting.  Love Boo Boo's dress.

Lucious and Boo Boo couldn't have this conversation at home?  

"Poaching a jail thug."  ROFL!

Lucious and Cookie put the eam in team.  LOL!

I don't like the way Lucious goes in on Jamal though.  That's so disgusting to me.  That's your child dude.

Cookie covered her head.  YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!  #Respect

Andre been saving his father's behind since way, way back huh?  

Boo Boo Kitty 'nem with the play cousins.  Cookie with the mama.  LOL!  COOKIE.IS.BOSS!

Lucious stay strapped.  Diving on the floor Berretti style pulling out his gat!  I had to rewind to see how he pulled that off!

I want Cookie and Lucious to get back together.  LOL!

Wait, what?  The Nation killed his father?  

This red dress Cookie rocking?  LOVE!

Lucious is trying to do right by Hakeem.

Jamal is better than me.  I'd never go see Lucious but...I'D ALWAYS TAKE THE MONEY!!!!!!!!!!

Why they old azzes in the club?  Seriously?  

"Baby you like fruit?"  BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

LOVE how Taraji does that "Elder lean" when she starts talking about the good old days.  They all do that.  I'll probably start doing it next week.

This Naomi thing is too weird.  Me no likey.  How old is this lil boy in real life?  Although...Naomi straight stunting still.  

WHY THAT FOOL GOT A TUB IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROOM?  HE STRAIGHT UP LIKE AKEEM 'NEM!  

Tiana 'bout her money.  That can be a good thing.  AND...and a bad thing.

Imma need Jamal to not do too much alley traveling at night.  All that money makes you soft.  

Is he wearing a skirt rapping?  Like Yeezy?

Lucious stay writing checks.

Cookie needs to beat the Prince of Zamunda with another broom.  Has his father truly never told him what went down?

WHY THE HELL PRECIOUS BRA STRAP SHOWING????????????????

Cookie:  I make you better.  Don't forget that.

Lucious:  Thank you baby.

Cookie:  Baby?  You might want to clear that with Anika.

Lucious:  Okay...Baby Mama.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA!

What can I say?  I love Cookie man.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE HER!

 

"Empire"

I tried to watch "Empire" twice before I forced myself to sit still and watch it for real.  The first episode was pilot-ish and we all know how pilots can go but I hung in there.  I was scared about Cookie because I really didn't want Taraji's talent to go wasted by being the stereotypical Black mama from the hood.  When she grabbed that broom...I was like...AW...LAWD...HERE WE GO.

By the second episode when Porsha was introduced, I started seeing all of the nuances that I love about Taraji's range.  She's angry, loving, motherly, bitchy, bossy, strong, tough, weak, heartbroken, hopeful, et al.

LOVE.THAT!

Yall know Lee Daniels is gay right?  Well...if you didn't...he's going to always make sure you know.  Jamal being gay and the struggle with his father because of him being gay and his father's refusal to accept him as he is is a bit much for me...but I know it happens exactly like that sometimes.  I mean hell...his mother would fight for him and she still calls him names behind his back.  I wonder if that ish goes down like that still in 2015?  I seriously hope not cuz trying to throw that baby away like that broke my heart.

The younger son is an extremely talented actor unless that's his for real personality.  I mean...he has that character DOWN-T!  I love his voice and the music!  Oh...the music has me about to ask Mr. Google where I can find it!

The Obama stuff got the side eye from me but I get it.

I guess.

And man...are these people racist.  They say some serious racist ish and don't think twice about it.

The bi-polar older son and his wife?  Oh...that's gonna play out intensely I'm sure.  She seems to be type who understands the phrase, "By any means necessary."

Quinton (yall know who Quinton is so don't act like it) is being him.  Even faced with death...he isn't about to deal with any disrespect from anyone except his wife cuz um...she took her clothes off to prance in front of his ex-wife and yeah...that was disrespectful.  

Cookie is going to get her soon, soon and very soon.  I see it coming.  It's going to go down Alexis and Crystal Carrington style and you know this MAN!!!!!

That elevator scene was SO.TENSE and perfect.  LOVED.THAT!

I sure wish I could see that young lady as anything other than Precious.  *sigh*  I need to do better in life I know.

Are you watching?  What do you think so far?  Are you enjoying it?  Were you worried in the beginning?

Are you here for Cookie?