12 episodios

The Empire Afterparty podcast is a sometimes celebratory, occasionally critical look at the hit show from Fox—in your ears. Each week, author and columnist Jozen Cummings hosts a funny, intelligent examination of the fashion, the music, and the escalating drama, while also exploring the ways in which the show touches on real world issues like race, gender, and family. Conversations with key players, hot takes from commentators, and everything essential from the social universe: Empire Afterparty is the place to go after the show.
WNYC Studios is the producer of leading podcasts including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, Freakonomics Radio, On the Media and many others.

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The Empire Afterparty podcast is a sometimes celebratory, occasionally critical look at the hit show from Fox—in your ears. Each week, author and columnist Jozen Cummings hosts a funny, intelligent examination of the fashion, the music, and the escalating drama, while also exploring the ways in which the show touches on real world issues like race, gender, and family. Conversations with key players, hot takes from commentators, and everything essential from the social universe: Empire Afterparty is the place to go after the show.
WNYC Studios is the producer of leading podcasts including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, Freakonomics Radio, On the Media and many others.

    Episode 10: Talking Race & Writing with Empire's Creator

    Episode 10: Talking Race & Writing with Empire's Creator

    Midway through its second season, Empire continues its reign, remaining one of the most-watched and talked about shows in recent memory. This week, the show's creator Danny Strong gives us a peek inside the royal Lyon family: revealing how he "discovered" the reason Lucious can't trust Andre; detailing the revolutionary diversity of the writers' room; and explaining why the show's total craziness all stems from ten minutes of Kanye YouTube interviews. 

    What was your favorite moment of the season? Get at us on Twitter @EmpirePodcast and @JozenC. 

    • 17 min
    Episode 9: All in the Black Family

    Episode 9: All in the Black Family

    The Sanfords. The Jeffersons. The Cosbys. The Winslows. The Banks's. 

    And now the Lyons. In this special Thanksgiving episode, we talk about family: specifically, the evolution of the black family on television. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans tells us about his first encounter with the Evans family on Good Times, and explains why Lucious, Cookie, and their three sons might be a new thing in the TV world. 

    What do you think? What did you eat? Get at us on Twitter @EmpirePodcast and @JozenC. 

    • 16 min
    Episode 8: Young, Gifted, and Black — and Gay

    Episode 8: Young, Gifted, and Black — and Gay

    The first season of Empire pulled no punches when it came to addressing social issues pertaining to black families and hip hop culture. And one of the biggest plot-lines was Jamal’s: the talented middle Lyon child who is spurned by his dad because of his homosexuality. But Season Two has by and large ignored this provocative throughline. We ask writer Michael Arceneaux: why? And what does that mean?

    What do you think? Get at us each and every Wednesday night @EmpirePodcast and @JozenC!

    • 15 min
    Episode 7: The Art of Blackness

    Episode 7: The Art of Blackness

    Much has been made of the fashion on Empire. But the show's visuals are stunning across the board — not just the costumes, but also the sets, and especially the visual art that decorates seemingly every surface. Walking through the Lyons' world is like taking a stroll through a gallery of contemporary art from black artists. We talk to one artist whose piece featured prominently in the season two premiere, and explore what it means for TV's biggest show to highlight modern black artists. 

    Tell us about your favorite art on the show! And get at us each and every Wednesday night @EmpirePodcast and @JozenC!

    • 17 min
    Episode 6: An Empire GIF for Every Occasion

    Episode 6: An Empire GIF for Every Occasion

    That scene where Cookie takes Lyon family dinner to-go? Lucious's reaction to Jamal's coming out? Anika's killer dance moves?

    Tyler Menzel is the guy behind the GIFs. Maybe he didn't make them himself (though he's made plenty), but his company Giphy is responsible for the wild proliferation of these compulsively meme-able, shareable images. We find out why Empire is the most GIF-able show on TV, and Tyler shares some useful GIFs for everyday moments. 

    Send us your favorite Empire reaction GIF; get at us each and every Wednesday night @EmpirePodcast and @JozenC.

    • 15 min
    Interlude: Walking in Cookie's Shoes...and Fedora

    Interlude: Walking in Cookie's Shoes...and Fedora

    Empire was pre-empted this week by the World Series. Whether you're a Mets fan or a Royals fan, on this we can agree: Everybody's a fan of Cookie Lyon. So this week, we went in search of someone who could tell us what it's like to walk in Cookie's shoes. And dresses. And leopard print fedoras. Jazmine Hughes wrote an essay for Cosmopolitan about how dressing like Cookie for a week made her feel like a badass, so we invited her over to talk about the experience.

    Get at us each and every Wednesday night @EmpirePodcast and @JozenC — send us your best GIFs and your hottest takes!

    • 16 min

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