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Taraji Reveals Lil Kim's Request To Appear On 'Empire'

Grazia Daily | Posted 04.29.2015 | Black Voices

Created by Oscar nominee Lee Daniels, sound-tracked by Timbaland and dripping in melodrama, Empire has had record breaking viewing figures in the Stat...

'SNL' Just Gave 'Game Of Thrones' An Eighth Kingdom

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 04.13.2015 | Entertainment

"Game of Thrones" is about to introduce us to a new region of Westeros, but we're not talking about Dorne. We're heading to South Centros. "Saturda...

Taraji P. Henson's Cookie Crashed 'Sesame Street' On 'SNL'

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 04.12.2015 | Entertainment

Move over, Cookie Monster -- another Cookie is about to steal the show. Taraji P. Henson hosted "Saturday Night Live" this weekend and made sure t...

Taraji P. Henson Set To Release New Memoir In 2016

AP | Posted 04.14.2015 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Her immediate plans are to host "Saturday Night Live" this weekend. But Taraji P. Henson also has a memoir in her future. The Oscar...

'Empire' and 'Freakshow' Are More Similar Than You Think

David Toussaint | Posted 03.30.2015 | Entertainment
David Toussaint

If Freakshow ended with a too convenient mass-murder, Empire was just as much to blame for a reverse-illness scenario. When you're trapped in a script corner, erase those pesky plot traps. The audience won't care.

Cookie Lyon of Fox's 'Empire' Sheds Rare Light on Black Women's Incarceration and Reentry

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 03.27.2015 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

Unfortunately, the damage resulting from the nearly decade long apex of black female confinement is substantial.

The Real Reason Tyrese Didn't Reunite With Taraji P. Henson On 'Empire'

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 03.26.2015 | Black Voices

Tyrese has already made it clear that he wants to reunite with his "Baby Boy" co-star Taraji P. Henson on her breakout hit "Empire," and he explained ...

Cookie Heads To 'SNL'

The Huffington Post | Jessica Goodman | Posted 03.26.2015 | Entertainment

Cookie's coming to "Saturday Night Live." The show announced its April hosts on Thursday, and Taraji P. Henson, who plays fan favorite character Cooki...

USC Responds To Taraji P. Henson's Claims Of Her Son Being Racially Profiled

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 03.31.2015 | Black Voices

Taraji P. Henson’s decision to enroll her son at Howard University as a result of the 20-year-old’s experience with racial profiling by police at ...

Taraji P. Henson Offers Her Son A Way To Help Resolve Racial Profiling Issues

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 03.26.2015 | Black Voices

As the investigation on this week’s brutal arrest of University of Virginia student Martese Johnson continues, many UVA students have decided to pro...

Tyrese Made A Great 'Baby Boy' Reference In A Plea To Win Back Taraji

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 03.20.2015 | Black Voices

--Tyrese took to Facebook and wrote a post in the voice of Jody, the popular character he played in the classic 2001 film “Baby Boy.” In the p...

'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 ...

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 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...

7 Times When Cookie Spoke The Truth On 'Empire'

Mic | Derrick Clifton | Posted 02.26.2015 | Black Voices

If you don't know who Cookie Lyon is, you should. As the breakout character from the critically acclaimed hip-hop drama Empire, perhaps the biggest hi...

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...

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

Ernest Owens | Posted 04.07.2015 | 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...

'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...

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.

Maureen Ryan

So Far, There's Only One Reason To Watch 'Empire'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

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.

Actress Taraji P. Henson's Heartfelt Message To Mike Brown's Mother

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 09.10.2014 | Black Voices

As an African-American mother herself, Taraji P. Henson feels for Lesley McSpadden who lost her son Mike Brown last month in Ferguson, Missouri. But w...