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Hi, this Natalie. If I had to narrow down when I became addicted to pop culture and TV, hands down it would be when I tuned into dun-a-nun-a-nunt-na-na Beverly Hills 90210. I became obsessed with all things 90210 and carried that addiction over to other dramas and sitcoms. Parlaying my love of writing and TV watching with a blogging gig at MTV and entertainment and pop culture writer for Regal Magazine. You can follow me @forevergoode

‘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...

'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...

‘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...

‘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...