A Love Letter to Cookie Lyon: Why She's the Baddest Bitch on TV Right Now

March 19, 2015 5:57 PM

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I've been looking forward to Empire pretty much since FOX started peppering my neighborhood with posters shouting "Music, Family, Power...The Battle Begins." I had basically no idea what the show was about—in fact for a majority of the time leading up to the premiere I thought that Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson were a brother-sister duo battling for the fortune of some sort of scion parent—but hey, I like music, family and power. Sign me up! I thought.

After my first viewing, I have to be honest, I was a wee bit disappointed. I was all settled in on the couch, with my tub of cookie dough in one hand and wine juice box in the other (this is a judgment-free zone, right?), ready to witness television history. I wanted to be blown away with over-the-t...

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