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‘Empire’ Recap: The Blame Game

11/26/2015 11:34am EST
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...

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...

'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...

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...

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...

‘Empire’ Recap: Cookie’s In Bed With Enemies

11/12/2015 9:34am EST
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...

‘Empire’ Recap: Lyons Vs. Wolves

11/4/2015 10:00pm EST
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...

‘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 ...

Jaw-Dropping ‘Empire’ Moments From Last Night

10/22/2015 8:45am EDT
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 and case is dismissed; Prosecutor ‘heaving breasts’ threats, now moot with her leave of absence, and Andre’s guilt, which he’s still struggling with—will seem like a pallet cleanser compared to the s...

‘Empire’ Recap: The Ghosts Of Lyons Past

10/15/2015 9:31am EDT
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...

'Empire': Revenge Was Sweet For Lucious

10/8/2015 8:50am EDT
'Empire' Recap: Lucious Gets Revenge On Cookie
Lucious 2 Cookie 1

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 ...