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‘Empire’ Season Two Finale Recap And Highlights: 'Past Is Prologue'

5/19/2016 8:48am EDT
'Empire' Season Two Finale Recap And Highlights: 'Past Is Prolog
Boo Boo Kitty plotted, planned, schemed and murdered—she really did have Rhonda tumbling down the grand staircase like Alice in a rabbit hole—to get the coveted (not really!) Mrs. Lucious Lyon title. Lucious branded her a Lyon, with the help of Andre the wedding officiator, when a caterer turned process server slipped Anika a subpoena to testify before a grand jury hearing against Lucious.

“Tariq the Freak” was putting so much extra pressure on the mom-to-be to snitch on Lucious that she nearly plunged off the ledge of Empire’s high rise. Cookie talked her down with the reminder she’s carr...
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10 Jaw-Dropping Moments From 'Rise By Sin'

5/12/2016 9:36am EDT
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The chickens really came home to roost in the penultimate “Empire” episode—“Rise by Sin”—that saw each Lyon’s action had an automatically shocking reaction from friends turned foe. As a result, [SPOILER ALERT] Jamal took a bullet for Lucious’ sins, the Feds probe Lucious even more with help from a reliable snitch and Leah Walker roams free. Be scared Lucious. Be. Very. Scared. Just like we were throughout last night’s whole episode that featured one jaw-dropping scene after another. Let’s countdown each one.

1. “He’s Always Been a Liar. A Bold-Faced Liar”

Ever since Leah surprised Luciou...
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Empire Recap: Eat The Cake, Lucious Lyon

5/5/2016 10:24am EDT
Empire Recap: Eat The Cake, Lucious Lyon
I’m pretty safe in assuming Lucious won’t be running out to buy his mama the biggest gift basket this Sunday. Unless it’s filled with the missing bullets she forgot to load her gun with all those years ago. Leah Walker is certainly the wolf Lucious Lyon has every reason to be afraid of. She isn’t the only one masquerading as a sheep to get on a Lyon’s vulnerable side. There are several major threats hiding in plain sight in this episode. All leading up to the much-hyped “a Lyon will fall” promo heading into the season two finale. But first, let’s break down “The Lyon Who Cried Wolf” most ga...
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Beyonce's 'Lemonade' Tops Billboard

5/3/2016 9:41am EDT
Beyoncé Takes 'Lemonade' To No. 1 On The Billboard 200
“Hold up” – who’s no. 1 on the Billboard 200 for the sixth time? That would be none other than the Queen herself, Beyoncé! Yes, for the sixth time in her career, Queen Bey has slain the competition and taken Lemonade to no. 1. While Lemonade’s pure sales don’t eclipse the sales of Beyoncé’s first surprise album, Beyoncé, the 653,000 units are exceptional. Take the streams out of the equation and 485,000 copies in pure sales (roughly 74%) aren't shabby in the least.

Beyoncé wasn’t the only newbie to march in “Formation” on the Billboard 200 this week. A$AP Ferg takes his sophomore album, A...
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'Empire' Recap: More Than Kin

4/28/2016 9:49am EDT
'Empire' Recap: More Than Kin
Lucious better scooch over to make room for Cookie on the Empire throne. You read that right. Empire is a shared kingdom now; Cookie and Lucious are co-CEOs of Empire—it’s the brainchild of the shareholders. After giving Hakeem the boot the shareholders weren’t completely sold on making Lucious sole CEO once again.

Instead of going the route of skinning their cats or blowing up their Bentleys to convince them otherwise, Cookie wanted to play the united family route. The only problem is the Lyons are as scattered as confetti on New Years’ Day. Andre suggests hosting an event for a worthy ca...
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New Music Releases This Week To Check Out

4/26/2016 1:25pm EDT
Martina McBride's 'Reckless' Leads Albums To Check Out
Ah, the final music release week in April 2016. As iterated previously, April 2016 has been quiet on the music front with a lack of gargantuan hits for the most part. This week is stronger than previous weeks, with a number of worthwhile releases, even if none are incredibly highly anticipated per se. In the new release mix, this week is a county vet, the soundtrack to one crazy hip-hop drama series, and the physical CD release of a musical icon lost too soon. Here are eight albums to check out this week!

1) Martina McBride, Reckless (Big Machine)

After covering soul classics on her p...
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'Empire' 6 Shocking Moments From 'Time Will Unfold'

4/21/2016 9:04am EDT
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So, that “Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom” we’re forced to hear each week isn’t Mama Lucious’ pistol, it’s really Lucious taking shots at anyone that stands in the way of him ruling Empire. And his sons are very much included. Just as Hakeem is putting the finishing touches on his final PowerPoint slide presentation for the shareholders meeting—to convince them he’s a boss they want to keep around—Lucious sabotages every successful move he makes. Cookie tries to drive a major wedge between Jamal and Freda to protect her cub. Plus, Anika reveals the price the family has to pay for her carrying the Ly...
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‘Empire’ Recap ‘The Tameness Of The Wolf’

4/13/2016 10:00pm EDT
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Just when I was about to hit the snooze button on what seemed like an uneventful episode, “Empire” writers sucker-punched us with a twist none of us saw coming.

Hakeem is off the market, y’all. The youngest Lyon—who I’m pretty sure still can’t grow a mustache—is engaged to Laura. At the pace this romance is going Laura will be pregnant by the season finale and setting up playdates with Anika in season three of “Empire.” Before we start predicting how Boo Boo Kitty will stop the wedding (avoid grand staircases, Laura) let’s dive into this week’s episode “The Tameness of the Wolf.”

The Lyon...
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Cookie And Lucious' 10 Best Ride-or-Die Moments

4/13/2016 12:00pm EDT
'Empire's' Cookie And Lucious' 10 Best Ride-or-Die Moments
Cookie and Lucious’ love/hate relationship on “Empire” tilts more than a seesaw during recess. When one is on top the other is feeling the weight of gravity. But there are rare occasions when they find a balance, those times are usually when they have no one to lean on but each other. Season Two of “Empire” has the ex’s offering each other a shoulder a lot lately, as they deal with one family crisis after another. But the family drama is nothing in comparison to the storms they’ve weathered together. Below are Cookie and Lucious’ best ride or die moments on “Empire,” thus far.

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'Empire' Recap: 'A Rose By Any Other Name'

4/6/2016 10:00pm EDT
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A Lyon is still a Lyon no matter what he used to be called—hence the episode’s title “A Rose by Any Other Name”—it will always manage to catch its prey and destroy it. The Lyon family is no different when it comes to bringing down cougar Camilla. They band together to show her who the real boss of Empire is.

For now, it’s Hakeem and he won’t let anyone forget it. During a press conference to introduce himself and family as the new dream team of Empire, he won’t even bring up Lucious, until Cookie (literally) knocks some sense into him. And announces Lucious isn’t curled up in a fetal posit...
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It’s Life Or Death For The Lyons

3/30/2016 10:00pm EDT
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It’s a new day at Empire and no one is feeling good. Lucious is still reeling from Hakeem’s betrayal, so holes up on his throne refusing to abdicate to the likes of cougar Camilla even with po-po as backup. Another person not backing down is Cookie. Hakeem should have known she’d be waiting up to give him a broom beat down. But Cookie was the one to get the shock when Hakeem refused to reverse his vote. Even when Cookie ditches the broom for her purse, lamp, wig, mink coat. It’s safe to say Taraji P. Henson’s sob-filled “change the vote” is our generation’s “no wire hangers”—Mommie Dearest,...
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Lucious' Enemies List Grows

3/16/2016 5:00pm EDT
Lucious' Enemies List Grows In Season 2 Of 'Empire'
When it rains it pours. In Lucious’ case the sh!t storm is unrelenting. The clouds were never darker than when we last saw Lucious—Hakeem publicly betrayed him by voting to remove him as CEO of Empire. Then allied with cougar girlfriend Camilla to snatch “his birthright.” Doesn’t get much worse than that, right? I mean getting clawed in the back by your cub is a new low. Well, you’d be wrong, my friend. This is “Empire” after all and everyone loves to hate Lucious (can you blame us?). Including these new characters being introduced in season 2B of “Empire.”

Leslie “Shyne” Johnson (Xzibit...
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Preview: Taraji & Terrence's White Hot Holiday Special

12/9/2015 3:55pm EST
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Before the "Empire" withdrawals set in, Fox has a special treat for all the Cookie Monsters out there--the Lyons are hosting a one night only holiday concert, Taraji & Terrence's White Hot Holidays, tonight. Joining Lucious and Cookie onstage are R&B heavyweights Patti Label, Mary J. Blige, Will.i.am, Chris Brown and John Legend. It wouldn't be an "Empire" event without a couple of surprises and thanks to leaked photos (the special was taped earlier this week) we have a few to share, and five reasons why you should tune in.

1. Taraji and Terrence Do a Kanye and Kim Kardashian Spoof.

Wit...
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'Empire' Fall Finale: Who Rules 'Empire'?

12/3/2015 10:07am EST
'Empire' Fall Finale: Lucious Out And [SPOILER] Rules 'Empire'
Lucious’ biggest fear became a reality on the fall finale of “Empire”—Et Tu, Brute. When Empire’s control slips out of Lucious’ hands it’s up to his sons to save his fate. Guess which cub wasn’t so forgiving. One last chance before you’re in spoiler zone. Fair warning in 3… 2… 1. The spontaneous and irrational Hakeem finally had the opportunity to throw daddy dearest off his once-untouchable perch as Empire’s CEO. And took full advantage of it. Paying Lucious back big time for not choosing him to head the company.

Let’s start at the beginning. Mimi (Marisa Tomei) has major concerns about ...
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‘Empire’ Recap: The Blame Game

11/26/2015 11:34am EST
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This “Empire” episode couldn’t have come at a perfect time. Thanksgiving, when families are prepping the turkey and feisty comebacks for the most diss-worthy relatives (ASIDE: Instagram has a whole shade guide under hashtag #thanksgivingclapback Handle with caution.) they’re forced to share it with.

Just as Cookie is forced into one half of a rescue squad—Candace (Vivica Fox) is the other—to search for little sis Carol in Philly. Judging by Cookie’s Elmo red mink and Candace’s heaving breasts it's likely Carol will find them before they find her. Which wouldn’t be bad considering they look...
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Justin Bieber Beats Out One Direction For Top Spot

11/24/2015 8:17am EST
Justin Bieber Easily Tops The Billboard 200
It was expected to be a hard-fought battle – one comprised of scrapping, clawing and crazed tween girls! Ultimately, Justin Bieber handily outperformed British boy band One Direction for the number one spot on the Billboard 200. Both Justin Bieber and One Direction touted impressive, robust numbers, but the discrepancy between the two is shocking. Let’s break down the numbers, shall we?

Justin Bieber’s Purpose ended up impacting to the tune of 649,000 units, hence making Purpose the highest debuting album of 2015. Even considering that 80% of that total make up pure sales, that’s still a b...
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'Empire' Never Fails To Shock Us -- Recap

11/19/2015 9:46am EST
'Empire' Recap: Can You Believe [SPOILER] Is Having A Lyon Baby?
Just when I was about to hit the snooze button on this season of “Empire” Lee Daniels rang the alarm loud enough for us all to take notice. Only it sounds more like a boxing bell because everyone’s got beef in “My Bad Parts.”

Starting with Lucious, who declares war on Hakeem by using Freda Gatz. With his ego at stake, Hakeem falls right into a rap battle trap. The rap battle—Team Hakeem vs. Team Freda. And Cookie is none too pleased it’s overshadowing her cookout. With boy toy Laz by her side she wags her finger in disapproval at Hakeem’s bold move. Because if he fails so does Lyon Dynasty...
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20 Reasons 'Empire's' Rhonda Isn't Pregnant

11/18/2015 1:37pm EST
Do You Think 'Empire's' Rhonda Is Pregnant? Here Are 20 Reasons
Unless she's got a Coco Austin-type belly bump.

1.The last sonogram was three months ago, during "Empire's" season 1 finale.
2. And Rhonda's body shape looks exactly the same. I've had more of a bump eating Olive Garden's all-you-can-eat pasta and bread sticks in less time.

3. No nursery.
4. No due date.
5. No official confirmation it's a boy. Where's the sonogram pic to prove it? Huh? Huh? Most new moms would be flaunting it like they would a couture gown at the MET Gala.
6. No mention of the phantom fetus unless it's to guilt trip family members on their side.

7. The look of dece...
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Adele’s Much Anticipated ‘25’ Leads Album Releases The Week

11/17/2015 10:50am EST
Adele Leads Albums To Check Out This Week -- See Full List
Following a jam-packed week including a showdown for the top spot on the Billboard between Justin Bieber and One Direction, this week is top-heavy. While the return of rapper Jadakiss is notable, the artist that makes this week top heavy is none other than Adele Adkins, better known as simply Adele. Ask anyone in the industry – everyone KNOWS Adele is a lock to sell a lot of albums and score her second consecutive number one album. Honestly, who would want to compete against a juggernaut?

1) Adele, 25 (Columbia)

After a four-year hiatus, British soul-pop chanteuse Adele returns with h...
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‘Empire’ Recap: Cookie’s In Bed With Enemies

11/12/2015 9:34am EST
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Coming off last week’s heart-pumping A High Hope for a Low Heaven, the slow burn and erratic pacing of ‘True Love Never’ elicited more furrowed brows (like mine) than unpredictable gasps. With “Empire’s” extra episodes (six more than last year) it’s likely one would be a filler. DING, DING, DING! I think we’ve got a winner here, Jonny. For starters, there was no shirtless Hakeem (strike one) but the writers’ rebounded that foul by exposing Laz’ torso for the whole first half. Ok, you stole my attention.

Man candy aside, this episode focused on too many subplots—a season long gripe—with new...
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‘Empire’ Recap: Lyons Vs. Wolves

11/4/2015 10:00pm EST
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The Lyons need another enemy like Cookie needs another animal print frock. It’s so unnecessary. But kidnapping baby cub Hakeem automatically puts the ‘nappers at the top of their Must Slaughter List. Despite our best guess, the wolves are an enemy we never saw coming. Yet, had an eye on Hakeem’s value for some time. And priced it at $40Gs.

Before that check can slip from Cookie’s Birken bag and into their hands, they’ve got a shirtless Hakeem (thank you thank you thank you) holed up in a warehouse. Here’s what we know: the three amigos (because they’re Spanish) each have a cowboy skull bra...
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‘Empire’: Who Do You Think Kidnapped Hakeem?

11/4/2015 11:00am EST
The Usual Suspects: 5 Theories On Hakeem’s Kidnapper On ‘Empire’
It’s been a week since Hakeem went away. Or rather was whisked away with the help of some burly captors and an unmarked car. TBH if I saw Hakeem’s sweat draped abs glistening towards me I’d consider a life on the run too. Especially if it meant him hanging out the passenger side (involuntarily) of my ride. Based on “Empire’s” previews that’s the last thing on the kidnappers’ minds. Hey, I rhymed. Okay, I'll stop.

So what are their motives and more importantly who do they work for? We’ve got a couple of theories and suspects after the jump.

SUSPECT 1: Anika aka Boo Boo Kitty

It may ...
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Jaw-Dropping ‘Empire’ Moments From Last Night

10/22/2015 8:45am EDT
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For those who dare to believe “Empire” is cursed with the dreaded sophomore slump—with the ebbs and flow in writing and very noticeable dip in ratings (still No. 1 in their timeslot)—will be doing an Exorcist-style about-face watching the fifth episode, Be True. Everything up to this point—the Lyon family feud, which is somewhat resolved; Vernon’s corpse and Lucious’ murder rap, ruled a suicide so the case is officially dismissed; Prosecutor ‘heaving breasts’ Ford's threats (now moot with her leave of absence.) and Andre’s guilt, which he’s still struggling with—will seem like a pallet clea...
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‘Empire’ Recap: The Ghosts Of Lyons Past

10/15/2015 9:31am EDT
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Each Lyon is face-to-face with the demons of their past in this Shakespearean-themed“Empire” episode. It can be argued most of this “Dallas” meets “Nashville” series is topped with the Bard’s tragic topics all 10th graders are forced to digest. But this one is abundantly clear by the episode title—“Poor Yorick.” I’ll save you a visit to Wikipedia—Poor Yorick is ripped from Hamlet. And just like Shakespeare’s tragedies this ep involves old skeletons resurfacing at the most opportune time.

The fourth episode kicks off with Jamal laying down a haunting track called “Battle Cry.” An appropriat...
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'Empire': Revenge Was Sweet For Lucious

10/8/2015 8:50am EDT
'Empire' Recap: Lucious Gets Revenge On Cookie
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For those unable to keep score—likely blinded by Cookie’s ‘80s inspired gold rope ensemble—Lucious trounced Cookie’s Dynasty. By adding one more business notch (thanks for the tip, Andre) and artist to his belt.

As soon as Lucious is sprung from the pen his vendetta range is locked and loaded on Cookie and Hakeem. And the small hiccup of not entering Empire headquarters (a condition of bail) is not slowing Lucious down.

“That’s just a building, I am Empire!” Lucious boasts. Glad prison life hasn’t made a dent in his ginormous ego.

Just like being a boss hasn’t cramped...
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Shady Music Moments From 2015

10/3/2015 1:00pm EDT
When The Shade Hits The Fan: 9 Shady Music Moments From 2015
Musicians have been “throwing shade” at each other for years – understatement. In fact, before it was known colloquially as throwing shade, the esteemed classical composers were literally ripping each other apart with their harsh critiques of one another. Each and every year, new shade is thrown into the hands of the media, which in turn is presented to the people for their entertainment pleasure.

1) Empire (Season 2, Episode 1) Vs. Donnie McClurkin

Even gospel artists – those singing for “the glory of God” are subject to shade. In its disjointed second season premiere, hip-hop soa...
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‘Empire’ Recap: Look Out World, Lucious Lyon Is Free

10/1/2015 9:45am EDT
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Look out world, a few Lyons are out of their cage. Beware of the most dangerous one of all—Lucious. That’s right, Lucious Lyon is free at last thanks to his almighty lawyer. Yet he isn’t the only Lyon on the prowl. After Hakeem, Cookie and Andre got the boot from Empire HQ, Cookie decides instead of taking back what’s hers she’ll create it. So introducing her new label….”The Pride of the Lyons”…okay, the name needs some work.

But not nearly as much as their new studio/office space—Ghetto Records, where “hits” are more likely from the barrel of a gun than a banging song. Boo Boo Kitty easil...
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Watch As Jimmy Fallon Spoofs 'Empire' In The Hilarious 'Jimpire'

9/23/2015 1:57pm EDT
Jimmy Fallon Begins Grooming His 'Tonight Show' Heir In Hilariou
Less than two years into his tenure as host of "The Tonight Show," Jimmy Fallon is already looking to the future and choosing his successor.

The host was joined by show emcee Steve Higgins and Tariq and Questlove of house band The Roots as he parodied Fox's hit series "Empire."

Fallon grilled several members of his staff to see who he could groom as the next host of the show, and the show's real stars -- Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard -- made cameo appearances in the hilarious 10-minute sketch.

A few surprises were thrown in as Questlove revealed a HUGE secret and Fallon revealed w...
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'Empire' Season 2 Premiere Recap: The Wait Is Over!

9/22/2015 10:16am EDT
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The date we’ve circled on the calendar has finally arrived—to borrow Lucious’ words: “game on, bitches”—“Empire” is back. Let the backstabbing, dirty dealing and family drama begin. Because the drip, drops (get it?) of spoilers on Lee Daniels Instagram wasn’t enough to hold us for three months, but the wait is over with premiere episode “The Devils are Here.”

Cookie wastes no time being the unofficial head Lyon; planning a star-studded protest concert to Free Lucious (he's been in jail for three months without bail.) And remake his rep from blood-thirsty murderer to martyr for wrongfully c...
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Are You Ready For Season 2 Of 'Empire'? Here Are Some Spoilers

9/21/2015 7:00pm EDT
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It has been a long and joyless summer without the shady shenanigans from force-of-nature, Lucious and Cookie Lyon (Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson respectively) and Co. from Fox’s juggernaut mid-season hit, “Empire.” Thankfully, I can already smell the cookies baking as the musical drama is slated to return for a second season in just a matter of hours. If you need to satiate your craving now, don’t worry, I come with spoilers! Here are five spoilers you need to know for “Empire.”

Ups/Downs. The first season of “Empire” positioned middle son Jamal (Jussie Smollett) as the big-...
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