Noteworthy: Lessons In Sexuality We All Can Learn From Fox’s New Drama ‘Empire’

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It’s been five weeks since the debut of Fox’s new hip hop drama Empire and raving reviews keep coming in praising the show for its candidness. This star-studded cast of talented Black actors continues to bring reality to our doorsteps weekly with dynamic plot twists and catchy tunes, but one thing I couldn’t help but pick up on is the sexual undertones of this series. Maybe it’s the sexpert in me or maybe sexuality has more of a blatant position within this show’s storyline.

Because everything about our existence as humans is a result of sexual expression, I decided to dig deeper to reveal the lessons in sexuality that we all can learn from Empire and how we can benefit from these subtle teachings.

Andre and Rhonda Lyon’s open relationship


Andre (Trai Byers), the oldest of the Lyon brothers, has a pretty well-made life.  He sits on the Board of Directors for his father’s record company, is in line to inherit the Empire kingdom and to top it off he has a supportive wife in Rhonda (Kaitlin Doubleday), his equally accomplished companion who he describes as “brilliant”.

In the second episode we learn of Andre’s battle with bipolar disease and we get a closer look into how his dedicated wife keeps him on track with his meds and keeps his mind from swinging into manic stages. She goes to the kitchen drawer, pulls out a bib and drops to her knees.  Yes, she gives him a BJ right there in the middle of the kitchen.