'Empire' sends a powerful LGBT message

January 6, 2015 3:36 PM

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Fox's dark new television series "Empire" has what's expected of a soap opera set in the world of hip-hop. Power, sex, drugs and violence are among the key plot points, and there's even original music (supervised by platinum hit maker Timbaland) for extra credibility.

Part Shakespearean drama, part musical - think "King Lear" meets "Dynasty" meets "Glee" - the show is sexy enough to draw viewers who aren't necessarily fans of the music. But the series, which premieres Wednesday, makes its boldest statement with a single character - a gay one.

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