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Taraji P. Henson Says 'Empire' Is Great In Every Way, Except Dating

ET Online | Brennan Williams | Posted 08.26.2015 | Black Voices

Mo' money, mo' problems, it seems for Empire star Taraji P. Henson. The Oscar-nominated actress told ET that while her career has reached a new plate...

Mike Epps Talks 'Soaking' Up Richard Pryor Role, Hints At Timeline

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 08.21.2015 | Black Voices

After a long casting process, it appears Lee Daniels’ Richard Pryor biopic is set to begin production soon.    The late comedian...

The One Thing Patti LaBelle Refuses To Do On 'Empire'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 08.19.2015 | Black Voices

Patti LaBelle’s guest appearance on the season one finale of “Empire” wasn't a one-time hit. Fans will be happy to know that the mu...

'Empire' Spin-off Is 'Without Question,' Says Lee Daniels

AP | Brennan Williams | Posted 08.07.2015 | Black Voices

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Lee Daniels says there will be a spin-off of his smash hit "Empire." "Without question," the series' co-creator and exe...

'Empire' Will Make You Scream In Season 2

The Huffington Post | Maureen Ryan | Posted 08.09.2015 | Entertainment

The plans for the second season of “Empire” sound as though they came straight from Cookie Lyon herself: “We’re here to f**k ...

Exclusive Clip from the New 'Empire" DVD

Nell Minow | Posted 06.26.2015 | Entertainment
Nell Minow

In this exclusive clip from the new "Empire" DVD, Fil Eisler takes us behind the scenes for the creation of the "bold and operatic" score....

PHOTOS: The Paley Center Tribute To African-American Achievements

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 05.18.2015 | Black Voices

The Paley Center for Media hosted a star-studded event Thursday evening celebrating the 35th anniversary of BET's launch, as well as the groundbreakin...

This Is Why Lee Daniels Hates 'White People Writing For Black People'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 05.18.2015 | Black Voices

Earlier this year, director Lee Daniels managed to break records with the success of his show “Empire.” In addition to netting a cult-like followi...

Mo'Nique Released Her 'Empire' Emails With Lee Daniels And Explains Why

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 04.23.2015 | Black Voices

Earlier this week, Mo'Nique released emails proving director Lee Daniels reached out to her regarding the role of Cookie on "Empire." On Thursday, the...

Influential African-Americans To Be Celebrated For Achievements In Television

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 04.27.2015 | Black Voices

In celebration of the ever-growing diversity in television, The Paley Center for Media will pay homage to the various achievements of African-American...

Kendrick Lamar, Lee Daniels, and Dismissing the Double Standards on Black Artistry

Ernest Owens | Posted 05.26.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Current standards set by the masses suggests that black men and women cannot artistically express anger, be imperfect, invoke rebellion, find humor in their woes, be unapologetically sexual, explore taboos, and re-appropriate the tumultuous barriers placed on us.

Malik Yoba's "Empire" Co-Stars Shoot Down Rumors of Cocaine Use

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 05.24.2015 | Entertainment
Akoshia Yoba

Actors Jussie Smollett (who plays Jamal) and Yazz (Hakeem), Malik Yoba's co-stars on the FOX hit series "Empire," set the record straight about recent, allegations (supposedly from an anonymous source) attributing Yoba's exit from the show to a cocaine addiction.

Oprah Could Appear On 'Empire' Next Season

The Huffington Post | Lily Karlin | Posted 03.11.2015 | Entertainment

"Empire" may be the biggest network drama in years, but co-creator Lee Daniels isn't satisfied quite yet. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter,...

Matthew Jacobs

Mo'Nique Maintains She Was Offered That 'Empire' Role

HuffingtonPost.com | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 03.06.2015 | Entertainment

Mo'Nique is at the center of her biggest press blitz since winning Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars five years ago. But don't call it a comeback ...

'Empire' Casting Director Reveals The Real Reason For The Show's Success

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 03.10.2015 | Black Voices

As Fox’s hit television series “Empire” continues to draw major ratings and attract notable celebrity guests, co-creator Lee Daniels has piqued ...

WATCH: Dame Dash Talks Lee Daniels Lawsuit

Sway's Universe | Posted 03.04.2015 | Black Voices

This morning we had a legend in the building. Dame Dash. Formerly Jay-Z’s manager and business partner at Roc-a-Fella Records, heavy-hitter entrepre...

Mo'Nique: Lee Daniels Had A Problem With My Oscar Speech

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 03.09.2015 | Black Voices

Following days of trading public claims, it appears the verbal war between Mo’Nique and Lee Daniels has extended itself for an additional week. M...

Mo'Nique Debunks Lee Daniels' 'Blackball' Comments: 'There Were No Demands'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 03.03.2015 | Black Voices

Earlier this week, Lee Daniels clarified comments Academy Award winner Mo'Nique made claiming that the director told her she had been “blackballed...

Lee Daniels On Mo'Nique Being 'Blackballed' In Hollywood: 'You Gotta Play Ball'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 03.04.2015 | Black Voices

Mo’Nique caused quite a stir recently after publicly claiming that director Lee Daniels said she had been "blackballed" in Hollywood since winning h...

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

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 03.04.2015 | 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...

'Empire' Co-Creator Is 'Gutted' By The Bill Cosby Allegations

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 02.26.2015 | Entertainment

Lee Daniels is "wrecked" by the sexual-assault allegations surrounding Bill Cosby, a man the "Precious" director and "Empire" co-creator describes as ...

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 ...

My Conversation With Mike Epps on Playing Richard Pryor

Tavis Smiley | Posted 04.27.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight I'm joined by actor and comedian Mike Epps. It was recently announced that Mike will play legendary comedian Richard Pryor in an upcoming biopic, to be directed by Lee Daniels. In this clip Mike shares his thoughts on portraying such an iconic figure and gives us a small taste of what to expect from his performance.

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

Dustin Fitzharris | Posted 04.27.2015 | 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.

Sheryl Lee Ralph On Mo'Nique Being 'Blackballed': Sometimes You Need To 'Shut Up'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 02.27.2015 | Black Voices

Academy Award-winning actress Mo’Nique made headlines last week for her interview with The Hollywood Reporter, in which she recalled director Lee Da...