Toussaint L’ Ouverture who was the leader of the Haitian Revolution and the reason for the Louisiana Purchase, was perfectly implied on last week’s episode of Empire.
Luscious aka Dwight Walker is the Founding Father of Empire, literally because he is a father to his birth children and the artists careers he captivated, but now just like Papa Toussaint, who was once always one step ahead of the game, has been betrayed by those he helped, trusted and considered family.
As Luscious talked to the reporter Harper Scott played by Annie Ilonzeh about how he was instructed to sell the portrait and she suggests that he should donate it, and that “art should be shared.”
It’s funny how the “More Than Kin” episode ended because just like the success of The Haitian Revolt, Luscious hugs Cookie and says, “I always got your back” as he stares icily into the camera, leaving me to think Dwight has a bit of Napoleon up his sleeve mixed with Jean Jacques Dessalines!
Either way, shoutout to Empire writers and prop set designers for the cross reference of the 1st and only successful slave revolt.
“Whatever defamation of character my enemies are spreading about me, I do not feel the need to justify myself toward them. While discretion obliges me to remain silent, my duty compels me to prevent them from doing any more harm.”