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

Ernest Owens | Posted 03.26.2015 | 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 03.26.2015 | 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 02.25.2015 | 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 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.

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...

Mo'Nique Says She Was 'Blackballed' In Hollywood After Oscar Win

The Huffington Post | Stephanie Marcus | Posted 02.19.2015 | Entertainment

When Mo'Nique won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 2010's "Precious," it wasn't the career turning point she had expected...

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...

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...

'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...

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 03.09.2015 | 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.

5 Entertainment Events We Want To See Happen In 2015

Posted 01.07.2015 | Black Voices

2014 was filled with notable entertainment events from some of today's biggest names, including Nicki Minaj, Shonda Rhimes and Kevin Hart. And for the...

Five Perfect New Year's Lessons I Learned from Lee Daniels in Dubai

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.28.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Just in time for the ideal reflections on the new year ahead, I sat down with filmmaker Lee Daniels on a terrace overlooking the splendid Arabian Gulf during the recent Dubai International Film Festival.

The Dubai Film Festival Diaries: Lee Daniels Has Been Brainwashed, Virginia Madsen Is a Super Heroine and Ahd a Real Saudi Woman

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.18.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Out of the Ordinary as a film may end up being misunderstood, but I believe strongly in its message of love being the one emotion that has the power to make us a little bit magical.