The minute the press started giving backhanded compliments to Empire for its Black cast — changes were on the horizon for Season 2.
A couple of months ago Latina Magazine made a big stink over the lack of (White) Latinos on Empire. But Latina forgot about the glass house they live in with the blatant omission of Black Latinos on their networks. Now Latina Magazine can breathe a sigh of relief because it was just announced that Adam Rodriguez will recur as a guest star on Season 2.
Adam will play Laz Delgado and his character will be “a smooth-talking concert promoter with expert hustler skills.” Delgado is going to be the Malcolm (Derek Luke) of Season 2, who was Cookie’s love interest on season 1.
Taraji & Adam in — I Can Do Bad All By Myself
Hmm — I wonder if Latina Magazine wrote an in depth piece over the cancellation of Cristela on ABC ?
Also behind the scenes of Empire doesn’t look like what we see in front of the camera. The show runner is a White woman named Ilene Chaiken and she brought on Latina Ingrid Escajeda as the new co-executive producer of Empire about two months ago.
Will Empire do what other shows have done — use Black viewers to make money then slowly flip the script and white wash the show ?
Hulu is trying to duplicate the success of Empire aimed at Latinos with South Beach — with is centered around Donovan Lear Entertainment and it’s chart topping star Carmen Suarez (Ana Villafañe)
Will Latina Magazine advocate that Blacks be added to the cast ?