We Need More Hip Hop Action Heroes

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I was flicking through the channels this week, in a bored state of mind.    AMC’s The Walking Dead, Blacklist, Law and Order SVU and other action dramas are typically at the top of my list.  I like the FOX network’s new show Empire as a whole, but can’t help but notice the tantamount characters have either sold drugs, were in a gang, do music and now are looking to go legit. This story has been told before and while it gives a fundamental realism to the entertainment industry, it also usually goes stale by the second season.

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Fox TV’s “Empire” revolves mainly around the rough edges of fame in the music industry.

The reason I care?  Beacause many TV and reality shows can be retold and have a fresh new look and feel.  Shows like Spartacus are a huge hit and the cinematography brought new life to the storyline. This is something that can be utilized for other shows that need a boost. Because, hip hop is so diverse and is not just “black music” anymore, a show should encapsulate the diversity, cultural boundaries, vitality and youthfulness the music and culture has.

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Hip Hop needs super cool role models again! In the old black exploitation films of the 70’s, there wass Super Fly, so this has been done before.  Now, I am not writing here to make a tv show – or even suggest an idea for a pilot. I just think in a climate of noise from these shows, somebody, somewhere should bring something new to the table and infuse hip hop into a show that appeals to a younger audience, but can still bring in older viewers.

Maybe I’m on to something; what do you think?

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