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Empire‘s is a story based on rapper, recording mogul Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) is diagnosed with ALS, forcing him to consider which of his three sons will inherit his business, Empire Entertainment.


The  middle child Jamal (Jussie Smollett), wants to prove that he has an ear for literary references as well as music, but Lucious dismisses his most artistically gifted son because he is gay. Lucious Lyon’s eye is on his youngest, Hakeem (Bryshere Gray), whom Lucious is so determined to see as a young version of himself that he’s blind to his limitations. There’s also the eldest, André (Trai Byers), who has a mind for business but, Lucious fears, lacks the soul for this business.

Ol’ Cookie!


Lucious’ ex-wife Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), fresh out of jail for a crime that launched Lucious’ career 17 years ago and demanding a piece of the company. Lucious doesn’t have a piece to give, his stake has been diluted and the company is about to go public. So instead she takes management of Jamal, promising to “show you a faggot really can run this company.”  Cookie seems to be a force not to be reckoned with.

Let’s not forget to mention, the music for the show is produced by Timbland.


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