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What Worked And What Didn't On The 'How To Get Away With Murder' Finale

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 02.27.2015 | Entertainment

Annalise Keating and associates wrapped up the killer first season of ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder" on Thursday, when the pack of cutthroat atto...

Last Night's 'Empire' Was the Most Watched Network Drama In 5 Years

Posted 02.26.2015 | Entertainment

The biggest new hit of the season has grown its viewership for an incredible seventh week in a row. ...

Why Do We Keep Comparing 'Empire's Female Characters To Real Housewives?

Slate | Aisha Harris | Posted 02.26.2015 | Black Voices

Since its premiere, Empire has drawn many comparisons to female-centric, deliberately trashy reality soaps in the vein of the Real Housewives franchis...

50 Cent Shares His New Thoughts On Fox's 'Empire'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 02.26.2015 | Black Voices

Following a series of social media comments comparing the marketing campaign of Fox’s “Empire” to his Starz series, “Power,” it appears 50 C...

How 'Empire' Drew On Its Co-Creator's Firsthand Experience With Homophobia

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.25.2015 | Gay Voices

"Empire" co-creator Danny Strong spoke at length about his smash new series in an interview with HuffPost Live this week. During the chat, Strong ...

Ilene Chaiken, Empire Executive Producer, Gives Details About the Most Explosive Episode Yet

Dustin Fitzharris | Posted 02.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Dustin Fitzharris

I talked with Chaiken, who created The L Word, which ran on Showtime from 2004 to 2009, about Empire and the role that gay characters play on TV today.

Proof That It Pays To Piss Off Sarah Palin

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 02.24.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Before he was the executive producer behind the insanely successful new series "Empire," Danny Strong wrote "Game Change," the television adaptation o...

Taraji On 'Empire' Obama Backlash: 'I'm Glad You're Mad. Do Something About It'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 02.25.2015 | Black Voices

--“Empire” star Taraji P. Henson responds to backlash stemming from the hit show’s second episode where her on-screen son calls President Ob...

Naomi Campbell Loves 'Empire's' LGBT Subplot: 'I Wouldn't Exist' Without Gay Men

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 02.11.2015 | Gay Voices

While "Empire's" test ratings may've dipped after featuring a kiss between a same-sex couple, Naomi Campbell, a star of the hit Fox series, is thankfu...

How A Same-Sex Kiss Could Have Derailed 'Empire'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.10.2015 | Gay Voices

Washington Post entertainment reporter Cecilia Kang joined HuffPost Live for a discussion on the hit Fox series, "Empire." Kang pointed to the sho...

The Case for Slowly Getting Out of the Empire Business

David Coates | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
David Coates

There is value in recognizing that, far from wanting to sustain the U.S. in its global policing role, we would do better to welcome the emergence of a new multipolar world, to recognize our limits within that emerging multipolar world, and to begin to live within those limits.

Taraji P. Henson Reveals The Secret Behind The 'Empire Effect'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 02.11.2015 | Black Voices

The success surrounding Fox’s breakout series “Empire” has prompted the network to renew the show for a second season following its second episo...

Dear Empire Critics, Stop Hating. You Just Don't Get It.

Ernest Owens | Posted 02.05.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

It's a prime-time drama for entertainment and reflection, people, not a political editorial or a public-policy initiative. Lee Daniels is a creator who should be given a right to fully explore his cinematic talent without being constrained by the narrow social confines of "making black people look good."

Why ‘Empire' Gets Bigger Every Week

The Daily Beast | Kevin Fallon | Posted 02.04.2015 | Black Voices

Cookie is the greatest character to have slithered across our TV screens in a very long time. Might we say ever? It’s the way Taraji P. Henson sp...

"Fresh Off the Boat": Smart or A Soy Sorry Joke?

Pamela Tom | Posted 02.03.2015 | Entertainment
Pamela Tom

In an age when there is a national dialogue about diversity and equality in America, shedding light through comedy must be smart, not superficial.

Why Am I So Hooked On Empire?

Courtney Carter | Posted 01.30.2015 | Entertainment
Courtney Carter

What I think is so powerful about "Empire," which became the number one new show of the season, is that it is a perfect combination of many relevant social factors combined into one show that just happens to work.

This Is How Fox's Targeted Marketing Paid Off For 'Empire'

The Hollywood Reporter | Posted 01.29.2015 | Black Voices

People are seeing that shows with people of color can make money," Taraji P. Henson told reporters days after Empire's second episode solidified its s...

'Empire' Star Explains Why Television Is The Place To Find Diversity

Posted 01.29.2015 | Black Voices

The growing Hollywood trend of a-listers making a transition from the silver screen to television has attracted the likes of Charlie Sheen, Ashton Kut...

Lee Daniels Is Using 'Empire' To 'Blow The Lid Off' Homophobia In The Black Community

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices

Director Lee Daniels is using his new Fox series, "Empire," to shine a light on homophobia in the black community. Daniels was asked about the ant...

Get Ready For More 'Gotham' | Posted 01.17.2015 | Entertainment

Fox just announced three early series renewals — and one is really early. ...

'Empire' Tops 'Idol' | Posted 01.08.2015 | Entertainment

Viewers were clearly in an "Empire" state of mind Wednesday: Fox’s new hip-hop soap-opera opened to a very impressive 3.7 rating among adults under ...

This Is How Terrence Howard Filmed His Most 'Difficult Scene' In 'Empire'

Posted 01.12.2015 | Black Voices

FOX’s new series, “Empire,” has drawn a great deal of attention leading up to its television premiere this week. The show, which centers aro...

Terrence Howard Talks New FOX Series Empire

Danai P. Maraire | Posted 01.07.2015 | Black Voices
Danai P. Maraire

Lee Daniels and Brian Grazier's new offering Empire, a television drama dealing with a hip hop family dynasty, stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson as an embittered and formerly married couple vying for the control of a thriving music corporation.

Maureen Ryan

So Far, There's Only One Reason To Watch 'Empire' | Maureen Ryan | Posted 01.07.2015 | Entertainment

"Empire" is being marketed as a bold, original show from high-profile artists, but it feels strangely tentative in its first episode. And if I may...

New Year Reflections on the US Global Role and Its Limits

David Coates | Posted 01.02.2015 | Politics
David Coates

What is it about our contemporary political role that makes so much of what we attempt to do abroad ultimately self-defeating?