Stories like this—Game of Thrones, Dynasty, King Lear—are usually reserved for rich white people having the privilege and means to be cruel to each other. Enter Empire.
Judnick Mayard is a freelance writer and event producer living in her native Brooklyn. Her nickname as a child was "rude booty" and she tweets excessively @judnikki.
Here is a primetime network sitcom that subtly explores a man's sense of failure to reaffirm his blackness, exacerbated by seeing the seedlings of erasure in his own home.