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'Empire' Star Jussie Smollett On Being A Gay Man With 'An Extremely Open Heart'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

As a gay man with "an extremely open heart," Jussie Smollett believes everybody should keep themselves open "not to gender, but to love," a...

Drones and "What Makes Us Different"

Joseph Nevins | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Joseph Nevins

Seven years ago this month and three days after Barack Obama assumed the presidency on January 20, 2009, the first drone strike of his administration ...

Made In Algeria: A Colonial Laboratory

Frank Browning | Posted 01.27.2016 | Arts
Frank Browning

Once again, leave the glory of the French capital and head to Marseille if you want a fresh insight not only on how France became France but still ...

'Empire' Star Malik Yoba Says Inclusion At The Oscars Isn't A 'Birthright'

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 01.22.2016 | Black Voices

"This weekend will be... whiter than the Oscars," is the front page headline from Thursday's edition of the New York Post which compares the record-b...

Evolution: The Candidate

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Is it too much to ask the American political process to participate in something larger than itself -- something the size, perhaps, of human or planetary evolution? Perhaps this question is the starting point of the future.

Empire Renewed For Season 3

Entertainment Weekly | Brennan Williams | Posted 01.15.2016 | Black Voices

The reign will continue: Fox has renewed hit drama "Empire" for a third season. ...

Taraji P. Henson On The Most Important Thing About Cookie Lyon

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 01.13.2016 | Black Voices

Despite the cult-like adoration for her role as Cookie Lyon on “Empire,” Taraji P. Henson wants one thing to be known – Cookie is &...

Here's How Taraji P. Henson Would Silence Homophobic 'Empire' Haters

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Taraji P. Henson doesn't have time for homophobia.  The 45-year-old actress, who nabbed a Golden Globe on Sunday for her role as Cookie Lyon on ...

The 2016 Golden Globes: Ricky Gervais Sags, While Leonardo DiCaprio Soars

Michael Russnow | Posted 01.11.2016 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

A kinder, gentler and mostly out of sight Ricky Gervais held forth at this year's Golden Globe Awards on NBC with a bunch of surprise winners along with the expectations of lots of pundits. It moved relatively swiftly, especially towards the end when it ran overtime, but as entertainment it was mostly so-so.

Taraji P. Henson Hands Out Cookies While Accepting Golden Globe Award

The Huffington Post | Lily Karlin | Posted 01.11.2016 | Entertainment

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10 Gifts That Television Gave Us in 2015

David Hinckley | Posted 12.21.2015 | Entertainment
David Hinckley

As the annual holiday march of the reruns takes over television for the next two weeks, we should remind ourselves that TV has never saved its gifts for the end of the year. It spreads them out, which is exactly the right way to do it.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Empire-inspired Music Video and Other 'Go Viral' Picks

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 12.12.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Going viral has never been so competitive with the hordes of memes, videos and write-ups vying for attention on the web. This week we are highlighting several pieces of content that deserve to go viral from a theatre company's entertaining music video to a topical book about race and politics.

‘Empire’s Lee Daniels Hit With 'Weird' Residuals Lawsuit By SAG-AFTRA

Deadline | Brennan Williams | Posted 12.09.2015 | Black Voices

Just over a month after the Empire co-creator was honored by the SAG AFTRA Foundation, SAG-AFTRA sued Lee Daniels today in federal court in a six-yea...

Being Biracial: Our Identity Should Not Be on Trial | Posted 12.08.2015 | Black Voices

As a biracial person of color, I'd like to state that for the record, identifying as Biracial is about as anti-Black as claiming that Black Lives Matter is anti-white. The idea of being honest about your background as a negative has been troublesome to me for as long as I can remember.

The Biracial Backlash: Zendaya, Alicia Keys and Other Activists Targeted Over Mixed Race Heritage

Kimberly Cooper | Posted 12.04.2015 | Black Voices
Kimberly Cooper

Backlash is rolling in again over Ebony Magazine's 70th Anniversary Cover. Still wondering if it's possible to highlight biracial/black activists promoting black social justice causes without immediate backlash - from whites and blacks. Who gets to decide? Better yet, who is calling it out?

Here, Finally, Is The Story Behind The Infamous 'Blow-Job Bib' On 'Empire'

The Huffington Post | Todd Van Luling | Posted 12.02.2015 | Entertainment

On the second episode in the first season of "Empire," the character Rhonda Lyon donned a "blow-job bib" before intercourse with her husband, An...

What Nathan Fielder and Don Draper Can Teach Us About the 'Empire'-Pepsi Deal

Lara Zarum | Posted 12.01.2015 | Entertainment
Lara Zarum

Some critics have expressed disgust at the extent to which Pepsi has taken over the storyline; others are upset over Empire's decision to link a young, hip character with a product that promotes diabetes. The deal calls to mind the finale of Mad Men, in which Don Draper supposedly achieves enlightenment.

James Murdoch Says Digital Advertising Needs An Overhaul

The Huffington Post | Judah Robinson | Posted 11.19.2015 | Media

Digital advertising is stuck in the dark ages and needs to catch up, says 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch. At a summit hosted by The Paley Center ...

Lee Daniels On First Tasting Success And The Rise Of 'Empire'

The Huffington Post | James Thilman | Posted 11.13.2015 | Entertainment

A lack of formal training wasn’t enough to keep “Empire” co-creator Lee Daniels from succeeding in the film industry. "Because I ha...

Is 50 Cent Gay? Did Vivica Lick His Crack? Is Anything Wrong That?

Yolanda Young | Posted 11.10.2015 | Entertainment
Yolanda Young

Fox was irresponsible in trying to use the suggestion of gayness to insult a black man. It is this kind of subtle homophobia juxtaposed with the glorification of hypermasculinity that convinces some black men to stay in the closet. Sex between two consenting single adults is never a bad thing or anyone else's business.

Why Regina King Calls The Sisterhood Among Women In Hollywood 'Priceless'

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 11.10.2015 | Black Voices

Actress Regina King doesn't take her relationships with Hollywood's leading ladies for granted, she told HuffPost Live on Friday. At this yea...

All Hell Breaks Loose After Vivica A. Fox Comments On 50 Cent's Sexuality

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

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Gabourey Sidibe Has The Perfect Response To Love Scene Fat-Shamers

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 11.06.2015 | Women

On Wednesday night, the writers of "Empire" made a bold move when they included a scene of Gabourey Sidibe's character Becky having sex with her boyfr...

'Empire' Just Showed Viewers That Fat Women Like Sex, Too

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 11.05.2015 | Women

One of the standout moments on last night's episode of "Empire" was the reveal that Gabourey Sidibe's character Becky has a love interest. In a playfu...

Why We Need Fewer Real Housewives... and More Cookie Lyon

Laura Seldon | Posted 10.29.2015 | Entertainment
Laura Seldon

Shows like Empire, Scandal, and Orange is the New Black prove audiences of all races, ethnicities, genders and sexual orientations want to see more diversity on television. They encourage us to see the world from a different vantage point.