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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...

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...

‘Empire’ Recap: Look Out World, Lucious Lyon Is Free

10/1/2015 9:45am EDT
Lucious Lyon
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...

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...

'Empire' Season 2 Premiere Recap: The Wait Is Over!

9/22/2015 10:16am EDT
Empire Premiere
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...

Are You Ready For Season 2 Of 'Empire'? Here Are Some Spoilers

9/21/2015 7:00pm EDT
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-...

Most Notable Music Moments (So Far)

7/26/2015 11:00am EDT
32 Most Notable Music Moments Of 2015 (So Far)
Every year is filled with news, whether good or bad. 2015 is no different from any other year, with an assortment of politically and socially charged events occurring. That’s the nature of the beast called life. The same goes with music, too. There have been numerous notable moments and occurrences, so many that it would be impossible to recap them all. So we won’t try – we’ll choose 32 of the most notable music moments of 2015 so far, and hope we didn’t miss too many important ones along the way!

1) The legendary B.B. King died

When ‘Hospice’ is uttered by or associated with an ...

Emmy Nominees And Their Social Media Responses Are Classic

7/17/2015 9:22am EDT
2015 Emmy Award Nominations
After much anticipation, the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations are here -- albeit with a bit of controversy aka funny.

It's that time of the year when your favorite actors, actresses, directors, writers, you name it (still, nothing for the celeb assistants who tolerate their idiosyncratic bosses) are showered with accolades for their perennial roles and endearing projects.

Not surprisingly, HBO and Game of Thrones left everyone and everything in the dust. And, yes, there is always a bit of controversy for Emmy Award nominations. This year's snub-rant award for the 2014-2015 televisio...

The Red Hot Pics Of 'Empire' Star Taraji P. Henson You Don't Wanna Miss!

6/24/2015 9:45pm EDT
Taraji P. Henson Goes Braless In Sexy W Magazine Shoot, Calls Co
Empire star Taraji P. Henson sizzles in the July issue of W Magazine, and her cover shot has everyone talking.

The sexy star appears to have ditched her bra for the shot, wearing a sexy white top and flaunting her assets.

The 44-year-old also appears with an unbottoned red shirt in one shot, showing off her cleavage.

"Cookie is bold and crazy, and she loves the struggle," the actress tells the magazine about her Empire character, Cookie Lyon. "She started from nothing, and now she's at the top. In that way, we're alike: Cookie is the American Dream."

Why Was 'Empire' Star Taraji P. Henson Hospitalized?

6/21/2015 11:24am EDT
Taraji P. Henson
Taraji P. Henson was hospitalized late last week, and conflicting reports say she was treated for either exhaustion or food poisoning.

The Empire star returned from the Monte Carlo Television Festival in Monaco after promoting her hit Fox series and posted a photo of an IV drip in her arm on Thursday.

TMZ.com reported that Henson was suffering from food poisoning, but her rep, Pamela Sharp, confirmed with Fox 411 that she was actually just exhausted and just needed a little rest.

Henson posted a message to fans on Instagram, throwing in a little pun on her Empire character's name, Cooki...

Terrence Howard Named His Son After A Mythical Chinese Giraffe Monster?

6/15/2015 8:05pm EDT
Terrence Howard
Terrence Howard has a new son! According to Access Hollywood, the "Empire" star and his wife Mira have just welcomed a new baby into their family. Their son, Qirin Love Howard, was born four weeks ago, the actor revealed while talking up "Empire" at Monaco's Monte Carlo TV Festival.

And if you're wondering where the name Qirin comes from, here's what Howard had to say: the couple named their son after the Qilin, a mythical Chinese creature often associated with the giraffe or tiger. The Qilin is thought to be a sign of good luck, associated with peace and prosperity.

"He's beautiful and s...

Our Favorite Couples On TV

4/10/2015 1:10pm EDT
What is the point of television if it's not desperately rooting for two star-crossed lovers to finally get their happily ever after, and crying with them when they don't? This blogger and hopeless romantic couldn't help but wonder: what are the best OTPs on television?

Here are seven swoon-worthy couples that pined, angsted and canoodled their way onto our hearts...

Jamie and Claire, "Outlander"

Star-crossed lovers, Claire and Jamie, were intended to be separated by centuries, yet meet and fall in love, thanks to a bit of magic and a lot of adventure. Add in the majestic, lush gree...

Are You Missing 'Empire' Yet? Here's Some Cookie Lyon Jabs To Fill The Void

4/5/2015 4:03pm EDT
10 Of Cookie Lyon's Most Bruising Verbal Jabs On 'Empire'
She’s one tough Cookie! No one can deliver a gut punch—physical or verbal—like Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson). Her verbal knockouts are as noteworthy as Floyd Mayweather’s fists. And no one is safe, especially Boo Boo Kitty. Below are 10 of Cookie’s most bruising verbal jabs.

Don’t Hush the Cookie Monster

Cookie’s grand entrance into the Empire boardroom nearly gets rebuffed by Lucious’ henchman Vernon.

Vernon: “Good to see you, Cookie…”

Cookie: “—Vernon, kiss my black ass.”

When shuttled into Lucious’ corner office, Cookie’s still not willing to back down:

Cookie: “You’re messing wit...

Terrence Howard & Ex-Wife Square Off Over Money

3/31/2015 11:21am EDT
Terrence & Michelle Howard
The success of the FOX show "Empire" could cost Terrence Howard some money. The actor's ex-wife, Michelle Howard, is seeking a cut of his paycheck from the hit series.

The couple divorced in May 2013, and Michelle reportedly receives $5,800 per month from her ex. However, new documents obtained by TMZ.com reveal she is entitled to 21 percent of anything the actor made over $62,500 in the first three months of 2015.

Terrence filmed three episodes of "Empire" this year, for which he earned $125,000 each. For Michelle, that equals a $65,000 pay out.

Terrence plays the king of hip-hop, Lucio...

Who's Hooking Up With Who On The 'Empire' Set?

3/26/2015 9:01am EDT
'Empire' Co-Stars Grace Gealey & Trai Byers Are Dating, Had An '
"Empire" has a new romance in the works -- off set, that is. Co-stars Grace Gealey and Trai Byers are dating. The pair hit it off almost immediately after they first met while making the hit FOX series.

A source told Us Weekly, "They started seeing each other during the shooting of the show. There was an instant attraction, people working on the show are aware about it. When they all hang out together they'll cuddle and give a kiss, but it's nothing obscene."

On the show, Byers plays Andre Lyon, son of the king of hip-hop, Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), and ex-wife Cookie Lyon (Taraji P....

The 'Empire' Finale Delivered With A Punch And Then Some!

3/19/2015 10:34am EDT
'Empire' Season 1 Finale Recap: Long Live The New Lyon King
A girl fight, major character death and a Lyon gets caged. “Empire” writers pulled out all the tropes for the season finale. And not one sudsy scene disappointed. But you will be if you’re trying to avoid spoilers. So, consider this fair warning. Do not read beyond this point if “Empire” is still on your must-watch TV list.

Now that it’s just us. Let’s dive into “Die But Once” episode. Lucious (Terrence Howard) is tinkering on his piano until his ALS flare-up has him seeing double. As if that’s not enough to tap down, Becky (Gabourey Sidibe) comes bursting into his office with a to-do list...

'Empire' Wins The Day Over Madonna

3/19/2015 8:24am EDT
'Empire' Soundtrack Outpaces Madonna For Top Spot On The Billboa
Who would’ve ever thought that the iconic Madonna would miss out on a number one album? Well, that’s exactly what happened this week as Original Soundtrack From Season 1 of Empire outpaced Madge’s Rebel Heart to take the number one spot on the Billboard 200. Empire impacted to the tune of 130,000 units, while Madonna’s 121,000 units left her settling for second place.

Luke Bryan wasn’t even mentioned in the tightly contested race for number one, as Spring Break…Checkin’ Out always seemed to be aiming for third. Ultimately, the numbers aren’t earth shattering, but it is respectable the...

'Empire' Season 2 Wish List

3/18/2015 2:01pm EDT
Empire - 'Die But Once/Who I Am' Season Finale
It’s nearly a wrap on “Empire’s” freshman season and as difficult as it is to bid these characters adieu (Cookie, don’t go.) at least we know they’ll be back for a second season. All the more reason to get our bids in for what we want to see next. Lee Daniels, executive producer, teased media mogul Oprah Winfrey and Oscar winning performer Common will make appearances in season two. But all other talk about the sophomore season has been as secretive as Cookie and Malcolm’s love affair. Mainly because it’s in the writing stages. Let’s see if the writers will be keen on these ideas.

All Rela...

Best Songs From The Empire Soundtrack

3/12/2015 5:15pm EDT
6 Best Songs From Original Soundtrack From Season 1 of 'Empire'
What’s the hottest show on TV right now? Empire. And when a show is hot, particularly one driven by it’s music, you milk it for everything it is worth. It makes perfect sense for the hip-hop soap opera to issue a soundtrack, particularly after how successful the first season has been. One thing to remember is that the soundtrack is indeed a soundtrack.

The best songs from the Empire soundtrack are unsurprisingly those that most impact the script of the show. Even if the music of Empire makes perfect contextual sense within the show, making a compilation soundtrack into a memorable li...

'Empire': Lucious Reveals A Huge Secret!

3/12/2015 9:16am EDT
'Empire' Recap 'Sins Of The Father' - Lucious Shocks With Secret
There are consequences to being the offspring of Lucious Lyons (Terrence Howard). The whole family felt the dangerous effects of them in the penultimate episode “Sins of the Father.”

Mama Lyon aka Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) visits Andre at a psychiatric clinic and learns that bipolar disorder isn’t a “white person’s disease.” It affects everyone, including a Lyon. Michelle White (Jennifer Hudson) thinks music is the best cure for Andre. Hakeem and Jamal believe chatting about Empire’s IPO will do the trick. Neither work as Andre is only interested in making a paper airplane than talking to ...

New Music Releases To Check Out

3/10/2015 8:00am EDT
The 'Empire' Soundtrack Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week In
Another week, more new music – that’s one way too look at it! This week, all five of the releases gracing this list are interesting. There is indeed something for everybody, but many who have been watching a certain show named Empire will want to sink their teeth into the soundtrack that has been music to their ears since it bowed. Then others may want to hear what Madonna sounds like in 2015. And of course, there’s nothing wrong with a little spring break with Luke Bryan. Here are five albums to check out this week!

1) Empire Cast, Original Soundtrack From Season 1 of Empire (Columbi...

Check Out 'Empire's' 10 Most Jaw-Dropping Moments Last Night!

3/5/2015 10:52am EST
'Empire's' 10 Most Jaw-Dropping Moments Of 'Unto The Breach'
As “Empire” prepares to wrap up its freshman season (only two episodes left, guys) we’re treated with more juicy drama from Andre, Jamal and Hakeem’s mama. Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) wasn’t the only one bringing the fire. Anika lit the match last week aligning with Lucious’ enemy Baretti (Judd Nelson). In “Unto the Breach” we see which Lyon gets burned by the betrayal.

Bye Felicia...er Anika
Just as Lucious (Terrence Howard) and Anika put on their best aww-worthy performance as a happily engaged couple for the wedding planner, Cookie shatters the faux fairytale by exposing her dirty little ...

'Empire' Recap 'Lyon's Roar' Jamal’s Coming Out Song

2/26/2015 11:56am EST
Empire - FOX
The last time the Lyon’s family put on a united front—that wasn’t a publicity stunt---was right before Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) went to prison. Sadly they’re even more divided now that she’s out.

Inspired by her and Lucious’ sexual reunion, Cookie wants to bring the whole family together for a Lyon’s legacy album and accompanying documentary. It will kill two birds with one stone: make Lucious immortal and mend family ties (at least some of them.) Basking in the day after hookup, Lucious (Terrence Howard) agrees. But Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) warns him about seconds.

“You want Cookie’s n...

What Will 'Empire's' Boo Boo Kitty Do?

2/25/2015 3:31pm EST
What Will 'Empire's' Boo Boo Kitty Do?
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Look out Lucious (Terrence Howard) because Anika is that woman. SPOILER ALERT! Last week, Boo Boo Kitty got a front row seat to witnessing Lucious and his ex-wife, Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) having sex in their bedroom. And based on the preview below that isn’t the only secret she’s uncovered.

Anika also knows that Lucious had her daddy commit fraud when he gave him a clean bill of health on an IPO report. Boo Boo Kitty warns that if her daddy is going down so is the Lyon clan.

With two major guilt trips over his head, Lucious is stuck between a rock...

‘Empire’ Recap: ‘Our Dancing Days’ Lucious Reveals He's Sick

2/19/2015 10:28am EST
Empire - FOX
We were waiting, hoping and yearning for Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) and Lucious’ (Terrence Howard) lips to meet in those tender teases last week. Well, I’m happy to report not only did they kiss, they hooked up. In Lucious’ bed. While Anika spotted them in the doorway.

And that’s only one shocking moment from “Empire’s” seventh episode, “Our Dancing Days.” The ep kicks off with the Lyons’ den (Cookie, Lucious and Vernon) prepping for the company’s investor showcase; Empire is putting their top artists on display to woo deep pocket investors before the much ballyhooed IPO offering.

As the L...

Who Should Takeover 'Empire'?

2/18/2015 3:21pm EST
Empire - FOX
It’s nearly the halfway mark (remember “Empire” has only 13 episodes) of the season. So now It’s time to size up the Lyons’ den players we’d love (Cookie! Cookie! Cookie!), and hate (looking at you, Boo Boo Kitty) see ruling Empire records.

Starting with the immediate heirs to the throne; Andre (Trai Byers), Jamal (Jussie Smollet) and Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray).

Andre Lyon, Eldest Son (The Suit)

Pros: He knows the business side of Empire records inside and out and that’s beneficial to helping the company go public. The music business is full of sharks and he’s one of them; Andre will bl...

'Empire' Recap: 'Out, Damned Spot' Cookie’s the Odd Wo(man) Out

2/12/2015 10:14am EST
'Empire' Recap: 'Out, Damned Spot' Cookie’s The Odd Wo(man) Out
Ignorance is not necessarily bliss when you’re a part of the Lyons’ family. Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) Vernon (Malik Yoba) and Michael learn that hard lesson in “Out, Damned Spot” and are forced to confront hard truths.

"Empire's" sixth episode kicks off with Cookie getting glamorous, while vintage Lil Kim (“The Jump Off”) blasts in the background. I love this nod to the past that Cookie is still stuck in. (Fun Fact: Taraji P. Henson says Lil Kim is one of the influencers in portraying Cookie.)

It’s no wonder who she’s getting made up for. The red rose that may have unintentionally started...

'Empire' Recap: 'Dangerous Bonds' This Means War

2/5/2015 9:45am EST
The fifth episode of “Empire” played out like a high-intensity chess match and only two people could claim check mate: Lucious (Terrence Howard) and Andre. The two with little to no moral compass, go figure. Their schemes got Hakeem and Jamal exactly where they wanted them to be, at war.

The episode kicks off with TaKeem waltzing down the red carpet. They're being interviewed by a reporter, who unsubtly tells Hakeem he would be nothing without his father. Not so far-fetched a theory considering his grind mode. Tiana sticks up for him and shows a surprising amount of affection in the limeli...

'Empire' Recap 'False Imposition' Cookie And Lucious Unleash Their Vulnerabilities

1/29/2015 10:26am EST
It’s nice to know behind the heavy makeup, ostentatious bling and loads of other materialistic excess there are beating hearts (and, for some even souls) inside the wolf pack that makes up “Empire.” How do I know? Because we watched them bleed in the most recent episode, “False Imposition.”

The fourth episode opens with Lucious (Terrence Howard) giving Hakeem another stern talking to about getting serious about his craft, being in the studio more, one upping his brother, yada, yada, yada. Speaking of Jamal, we have word he’s been cast off to the boondocks aka Bushwick, Brooklyn. Poor Dora ...

5 Scoops: Spoilers For 'How To Get Away With Murder,' 'Scandal,' 'Empire' And More

1/28/2015 10:57am EST
How I Met Your Mother
This TV blogger couldn’t be happier! Not only are there an impressive new batch of mid-season premieres to consume, Shondaland has finally re-opened, giving me even more delicious spoilers to share! Here are five scoops on “How To Get Away With Murder,” “Scandal,” “Empire” and more!

Liar Liar? Remember when "How To Get Away With Murder's" Conor had a full-on post-murder anxiety attack, ran back to his ex-boyfriend's house and lied that he was freaking out because of a drug problem? Did you wonder why he picked that cover story so readily? Jack Falahee dished to EW.com about his do...