A Love Letter to Cookie Lyon: Why She's the Baddest Bitch on TV Right Now

I've been looking forward to Empire pretty much since FOX started peppering my neighborhood with posters shouting "Music, Family, Power...The Battle Begins." I had basically no idea what the show was about—in fact for a majority of the time leading up to the premiere I thought that Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson were a brother-sister duo battling for the fortune of some sort of scion parent—but hey, I like music, family and power. Sign me up! I thought. What I didn't expect was to delve into a full-on obsession with Taraji P. Henson's character, Cookie Lyon. I'm more apt to fall for the Jamals of the world. But, I've come to believe that not only is ol' Cooks the most entertaining part of the show, but she's also doing great things for female TV characters.