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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...

Ken Jennings Tweets Insensitive Joke About 'Star Wars' Fan Who Just Died

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 11.10.2015 | Entertainment

Former "Jeopardy" star Ken Jennings has landed in hot water after yet another insensitive tweet.  On Tuesday, Jennings tweeted, "It can't be a g...

Sean Penn Seeks To Sanction Lee Daniels Over Tactics In Defamation Fight

The Hollywood Reporter | Brennan Williams | Posted 10.23.2015 | Black Voices

The legal dispute between Sean Penn and Empire co-creator Lee Daniels is turning on tactics quickly.   In September, Penn filed a $10 million la...

Production, Casting Heat Up On Lee Daniels' TV Pilot 'Star'

AP | Brennan Williams | Posted 10.21.2015 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Production will begin in December on "Star," a drama pilot from "Empire" creator Lee Daniels. Fox, which airs "Empire" and ordere...

'Empire' Star Ta'Rhonda Jones Shares Advice She Gets From Taraji P. Henson

The Huffington Post | Ryan Buxton | Posted 10.07.2015 | Black Voices

Playing Porsha on Fox's breakout hit "Empire" is Ta'Rhonda Jones's first big acting role, but you'd never know it based on her standout perf...

Nicole Kidman Gets Candid About Rough Love Scenes In Interview Mag

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 10.05.2015 | Entertainment

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Ugh, Sean Penn Needs To Go Away

The Huffington Post | Lauren Duca | Posted 09.26.2015 | Entertainment

There are more than a few famous men who have (allegedly) beaten or raped women and have just kept on being famous. They try to bu...

Sean Penn Sues 'Empire' Creator Lee Daniels For Claiming The Actor Hits Women

The Huffington Post | Stephanie Marcus | Posted 09.25.2015 | Entertainment

Sean Penn has filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit against Lee Daniels, claiming the "Empire" creator falsely accused the actor of be...

More Drama, More Music Promised As 'Empire' Returns

Reuters | Brennan Williams | Posted 09.20.2015 | Black Voices

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13 Bookish Movies Now Streaming on Netflix

Off The Shelf | Posted 09.19.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

As book lovers, we tend to be skeptical about film adaptations, but we are fans of both the thirteen books on this list and their cinematic counterparts. Read the book, then stream the movie. Netflix is a marvelous thing.

Lee Daniels Defends Terrence Howard's Domestic Abusive Past

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 09.17.2015 | Black Voices

The “Empire Effect” is in full swing as fans gear up for next week's return of the popular Fox series. The Hollywood Report...

Satisfy Your 'Empire' Cravings With This Clip About Its Creation

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 09.11.2015 | Entertainment

The second season of "Empire" is less than two weeks away. Two very, very long weeks during which we will chant the "up, down, up, down, up, dow...

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,...