Cookie Lyon Is A Better Woman Than Me

Cookie Lyon is a better woman than I will ever be. The second season of “Empire” is back and messy as ever but there are a few things that are moving my spirit and not in a good way. When I first started watching last year and Fox gave us the back story, I wondered what I would have done in her situation. I imagined that my husband (the love of my life to whom I’ve given a daughter) left me at the lowest point of my life (while I had to do damn near 2 decades in prison), took my  money, divorced me and remarried somebody else, didn’t ensure that my child knew me, made it big and didn’t so much as send me a god damned Christmas card or a box of ramen noodles and then I came home? Baby, there would be HELL TO PAY.

 She brings me to a lot of women in the hood being trained to be “ride or die chicks”. It’s a message that’s heard by every hood anthem and rapper alike. If a brother had to do 17 years, had a stash of $400k, his wife didn’t bring his children to see him and she messed around on HIM- how many bitches would she be called? One-sided loyalty is bullshit. I love Cookie Lyon’s sassiness and all but why is she a sucker?

Cookie Lyon

She was the glue that kept the family together while punk ass Lucious was throwing his young son in the trash and shit. I promise that I would be slapping the hell out of everybody. Husband and children be damned. If I do 17 years in the pen for my husband and he abandons me, I would spend the rest of my life making sure that he had nothing. Petty? Yes. Do I give a damn? Hell naw! Where is Cookie’s anger? Where’s the reciprocity? Hell, “Booboo Kitty” shows Cookie more loyalty than Lucious and she’s boning Hakeem! I promise that I will keep this post light. I won’t go into misogyny but please know that I would be the saltiest. I don’t forgive and I’m not praying for you. You can go to hell in gasoline drawers and I would pay to light the match.  I ride for whoever rides for me and that’s a perfect philosophy to live by.

“Empire” is STILL MY SHOW though. I know this is fiction but there are Cookie Lyon’s who exist in the world. There are sisters that will ride for their guy until the wheels fall off- even if he betrays her at every turn. Well, Mr. Negra With Tumbao already knows that ain’t happening over here! I love him though.



K. Araújo, a native Detroiter, is a cross between Claire Huxtable, Rosie Pérez and Millie Jackson. Widow, professional dragger of filth and Mami to the dopest Ethiopian EVER, she is the Editor in Chief of “Negra With Tumbao” and a Staff Writer for “The Urban Twist”. Keka has been known to shake what her mama gave her, is the hell and high water, an expert salsera and cussologist with a penchant for the finer things in life and is and forever shall be- unapologetically black.