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Review: "Star"

by Siomara Germain - Copy Editor


Tue, Feb 7th 2017 11:00 pm

 The Fox network recently added a new musical drama to its channel. The new series, "Star" is produced  by Lee Daniels, who also produces one of the network's hit shows "Empire." 

The story follows three characters: Star Davis, Simone Davis and Alexandra Crane. They make up a girl singing group navigating the music scene in Atlanta trying to become successful singers.

Star, played by Jude Demorest, grew up in the foster care system separate from her little sister Simone, played by newcomer  Brittany O'Grady. She left her foster home to go find her sister, who she will do anything to protect; even murder.

Alexandra, played by Ryan Destiny, lived a lavish life compared to the other two girls. Her father is a famous musician and all she wants is to step out of his shadow and make a name for herself. That's exactly what she did when she left her grand penthouse in New York City to move to Atlanta with Star and Simone. 

Star grew up believing she was meant to be a star. She would do anything to become a star even if she had to seduce her friend's famous father or sleep her way to the top. Her voice is powerful and she likes being front and center which has already caused a lot of tension with the other two girls who are equally talented. She is devious and doesn't see anything wrong with her actions.

Simone is very troubled and has a drug and alcohol problem. She went through a lot being only 16-years-old and a rape victim at the hands of her foster father. 

The show sheds light on how dangerous the foster care system actually is and how some foster kids are not safe

Queen Latifah plays Carlotta Brown, Star and Simone's godmother. She owns a hair salon in Atlanta and she used to be in a girl group with Star and Simone's diseased mother. She's tough but she's also very religious.

The show highlights controversial issues going on in society such as police unjustifiably killing black people. The show also broke ground by having a black transgender female, Carlotta's daughter Cotton Brown, played by Amiyah Scott who is a transgender female. Her character really opens some people's minds about the issues transgender individuals face in society. 

The songs are not "Empire" soundtrack level but some of them are catchy, like "I bring me," which is a classic. Other songs are generic and forgettable. 

"Star" also stars Tyresse Gibson, Quincy Brown, Benjamin Bratt, Lenny Kravitz and Naomi Campbell. 

The show deserves four stars. Even though the plot is interesting and keeps some people coming back each week, I am still waiting to see how far this show can go. The show is not for everyone. Some people are going to love it and some are going to hate it.

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