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‘Empire’ renewed for Season 6 but Jussie Smollett’s return is in doubt

“Empire” will return for a sixth season, but the same can’t definitely be said for Jussie Smollett.


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Jussie Smollett Takes Part in TV’s First Gay, Black Wedding in His Last Empire Episode of the Season

EmpireRaise your glass to the newlyweds Jamal (Jussie Smollett) and Kai (Toby Onwumere)!
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The Empire State Series: A Week in New York, Autumn in London, New Year in Manhattan (Unabridged) – Louise Bay

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The Empire State Series: A Week in New York, Autumn in London, New Year in Manhattan (Unabridged)

Louise Bay

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 17.99

Publish Date: December 29, 2016

© ℗ © 2016 Louise Bay

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Birth of an Empire: The Beginning – Catrina Taylor

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Birth of an Empire: The Beginning

Xarrok, no. 1

Catrina Taylor

Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Publish Date: November 29, 2011

Publisher: Distinguished Press

Seller: Smashwords, Inc.


Kala, a once timid Xenonian slave girl, possesses a unique psionic signature exploited by the military to create a powerful weapon of war. Climbing to the rank of Fleet Commander, the compassionate Kala stirs controversy when she pushes for peace in the chaos of the great war. A skilled but reckless soldier from the opposing Dentonian fleet, Yatrell struggles to hone his unique talents. The skills and abilities that help him become the formidable leader are the same that may be the undoing of his entire planet. Brax left his clan when his psionic ability surfaced. A gentle giant, he has become an exceptional fighter whose only weakness is his desperation for acceptance. When the three are reunited, they become a dynamic force…and the key to peace.

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Heir to the Empire: Star Wars: The 20th Anniversary Edition (Unabridged) – Timothy Zahn

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Heir to the Empire: Star Wars: The 20th Anniversary Edition (Unabridged)

Timothy Zahn

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 16.99

Publish Date: September 6, 2011

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Empire Lab’s ‘Clone-A-Pussy Plus Kit’ Sells Out Online

Empire Labs, the makers of the original Clone-A-Willy Kit, has announced that its newest kit, the Clone-A-Pussy Plus Kit has sold out online.
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Jussie Smollett Now Facing Lawsuit Which Could Get Him Fired from ‘Empire’

Jussie Smollett may have just been checkmated by the City of Chicago, and it could cost him his “Empire” job. The City is now demanding he pay $ 130k for the overtime required to investigate the now-infamous “attack.” A City official sent Jussie a demand…

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All charges dropped against ‘Empire’ actor

Illinois prosecutors dropped all charges accusing “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett of staging a phony hate crime attack to gain publicity.


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‘Empire’ Cast and Crew Fiercely Divided Over Jussie Smollett

Jussie Smollett hasn’t regained the full support of his “Empire” family despite criminal charges against him being dropped … and things are still very divided among cast and crew. Production sources tell TMZ … there are still people on the set –…

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Empire Creator Lee Daniels Addresses “Pain and Anger” Amid Jussie Smollett Scandal

Lee Daniels, Jussie SmollettLee Daniels is once again addressing the scandal and drama surrounding the Empire star Jussie Smollett.
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Jussie Smollett Might Have Fate of ‘Empire’ Hanging in the Balance

Jussie Smollett’s case could cost him way more than just his gig on “Empire” … many on the show fear his situation could bring the whole show down in the process. Production sources tell TMZ … anxiety is high among the “Empire” cast and crew, because…

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‘Empire’ actor Smollett facing 16-felony charge

A grand jury in Chicago has returned a 16-count felony indictment against television actor Jussie Smollett, accusing him of falsely reporting to police that he was the victim of a hate-crime assault, according to court documents made public on Friday.


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Foundation and Empire (Unabridged) – Isaac Asimov

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Foundation and Empire (Unabridged)

Isaac Asimov

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 14.99

Publish Date: April 20, 2010

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‘Empire’ Execs Don’t Believe Jussie Smollett Staged ‘Attack’ Over Salary Issues

If “Empire” money was Jussie Smollett’s motivation to allegedly stage an attack, he certainly never showed his cards to the people who could actually make it happen.  “Empire” production sources tell TMZ … none of the brass — producers or EPs,…

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Terrence Howard Had Meltdown on ‘Empire’ Set, Confronted Jussie Smollett

Terrence Howard had a complete meltdown on the set of “Empire” after Jussie Smollett was arrested for allegedly staging his “attack.” Sources on the “Empire” set tell TMZ … Thursday was a complete disaster on set after Jussie turned himself into…

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‘Empire’ Cast Members Feel Betrayed by Jussie Smollett, Want Him Fired

Jussie Smollett betrayed the trust of his “Empire” coworkers and damaged the show’s image, and now several cast members want him written off immediately … according to our sources. We’re told many of the “Empire” actors are “f**king furious” and feel…

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Jussie Smollett’s ‘Empire’ Role Slashed in Wake Of ‘Attack’ Scandal

Jussie Smollett’s “Empire” screen time is getting slashed in the wake of a growing sentiment that he staged the so-called “attack.” Production sources tell TMZ … Jussie was supposed to have 9 scenes and a big musical number in the second to the last…

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Chicago PD seek follow-up with ‘Empire’ actor

Chicago police have shifted the direction of their investigation into actor Jussie Smollett’s report of a hate-crime assault and are seeking to interview him again, after releasing two men detained for questioning in the probe, a police spokesman said.


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Two suspects arrested in alleged attack of ‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett

Two suspects have been arrested in the alleged attack on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, Chicago Police Department said Friday.


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‘Empire’ Sources: Nigerian Bros in Smollett Case Not Racist, Homophobic, Pro-Trump

The 2 men who were arrested, then released Friday night, in the Jussie Smollett case are pro-LGBTQ and anti-Trump, which has people on the “Empire” set scratching their heads.  We’ve spoken with “Empire” cast and crew, and they say Ola and Abel…

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Jussie Smollett Returns to ‘Empire’ And Chicago PD Wants Another Interview

Jussie Smollett is back to work in Chicago on the set of “Empire,” and detectives want to chat with the actor while he’s in town … TMZ has learned. A production source tells us Smollett flew back into the Windy City Sunday, after his weekend show…

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The Course of Empire – Eric Flint & K. D. Wentworth

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The Course of Empire

Eric Flint & K. D. Wentworth

Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Publish Date: September 1, 2003

Publisher: Baen Books

Seller: Baen Publishing Enterprises


WOULD THEY DESTROY EARTH IN ORDER TO SAVE ITConquered by the Jao twenty years ago, the Earth is shackled under alien tyranny-and threatened by the even more dangerous Ekhat, who are sending a genocidal extermination fleet to the solar system. Humanity's only chance rests with an unusual pair of allies: a young Jao prince, newly arrived to Terra to assume his duties, and a young human woman brought up amongst the Jao occupiers.But both are under pressure from the opposing forces-a cruel Jao viceroy on one side, determined to drown all opposition in blood; a reckless human resistance on the other, perfectly prepared to shed it. Added to the mix is the fact that only by adopting some portions of human technology and using human sepoy troops can the haughty Jao hope to defeat the oncoming Ekhat attack-and then only by fighting the battle within the Sun itself.At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).

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Letter containing white powder sent to ‘Empire’ set days before Jussie Smollett attack

A letter containing a white powder later determined to be aspirin was sent to the Chicago set of “Empire” days before one of the show’s stars, Jussie Smollett, was allegedly attacked by two men on January 29.


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‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett attacked in possible hate crime

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was attacked in the early morning hours on Tuesday in what Chicago police are calling a possible hate crime.


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‘Empire’ star assaulted in possible hate crime

Chicago police on Tuesday said they were investigating an assault on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett as a possible hate crime after two men yelled racial and homophobic slurs and at one point wrapped a rope around his neck. Lisa Bernhard reports.


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‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett Declined Additional Security Before Attack

“Empire” star Jussie Smollett didn’t want to be encumbered by an entourage of bodyguards when he wasn’t working … despite an offer by Fox a week before the brutal attack. Sources close to the situation tell us … security for the “Empire” cast…

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Empire Labs Trumpets XBIZ Awards Nom for Clone-A-Pussy Sleeve Kit

Empire Labs is tub-thumping its XBIZ Awards nomination for Clone-A-Pussy Sleeve Kit as Specialty Product/Line of the Year.
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Huntress of the Star Empire Part 1 The Chase – Athena Grayson

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Huntress of the Star Empire Part 1 The Chase

Athena Grayson

Genre: Action & Adventure

Publish Date: June 4, 2015

Publisher: Uncharted Worlds Media

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


Part 1: The Chase Getting him into handcuffs was the easy part…keeping him out of her mind is gonna take work. Treska Sivekka is the Huntress–the Union's most skilled bounty hunter. Her targets? The psypaths whose mental talents summoned alien attacks on the capital planet that left her body shattered and her mind a blank slate. Now the last free psypath is in her crosshairs…if only he weren't her one chance at restoring her lost memories. Alien attacks out of nowhere left the entire system reeling, but the aftermath caused twice as much destruction to the old social orders. Psypaths like Micah Ariesis and near-humans like the Hathori people became scapegoats for inexplicable devastation…and then rebels against the repressive, reactionary government that rose from the ashes. Now the last free psypath has one chance at victory for the rebellion…but it's the last Vice Huntress who holds the key. Fans of Star Wars and Firefly, meet your new binge-read!

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The Collapsing Empire: The Interdependency, Book 1 (Unabridged) – John Scalzi

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The Collapsing Empire: The Interdependency, Book 1 (Unabridged)

John Scalzi

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 17.95

Publish Date: March 21, 2017

© ℗ © 2017 Audible Studios

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Empire Records – Allan Moyle

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Empire Records

Allan Moyle

Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 4.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: October 20, 1995


The employees of Empire Records, an independent music store on the verge of being sold to a large conglomerate, band together to stage a fund-raising party to raise enough money to buy the business.

© © 1995 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.

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Forbidden Empire – Oleg Stepchenko

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Forbidden Empire

Oleg Stepchenko

Genre: Action & Adventure

Price: $ 12.99

Rental Price: $ 0.99

Release Date: May 22, 2015


An 18th century explorer sets out on an epic journey to map the forbidden uncharted lands of Transylvania only to discover its dark secrets and dangerous creatures hidden in a cursed, fantastical forest.

© © 2014 RFG (Russian Film Group) All Rights Reserved 2015 Phase 4 Films Inc. All Rights Reserved. Distributed exclusively in the United States by Phase 4 Films (USA), LLC / 460 Greenway Industrial Drive, Suite A, Fort Mill, SC 29708 / The eOne logo and all related indicia are trademarks of Entertainment One Ltd.

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Empire of Silence (Unabridged) – Christopher Ruocchio

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Empire of Silence (Unabridged)

Christopher Ruocchio

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 35.95

Publish Date: July 3, 2018

© ℗ © 2018 Recorded Books

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Kris Jenner Proudly Tells Story of Launch of Kylie’s Makeup Empire

[[tmz:video id=”0_ddoo6a30″]] Kylie Jenner had a master plan to launch a makeup empire when she was 17 years old, and took charge to turn it into the booming biz it is now … this according to her proud mama. Kris Jenner sat down with Harvey about…

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Kim Kardashian Dishes On Building Her KKW Beauty Empire & If She’ll Ever Stop Going Nude

At the launch of the KKW Beauty and Fragrance pop-up shop in Los Angeles, Kim Kardashian dished with Access’ Oscar Gracey on the rise of her makeup empire and the surprise appearances she and collaborator Mario Dedivanovic will be making to the shop. Plus, the KKW Body creator reveals if she’ll ever stop stripping down!


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The Fallen Empire Collection (Books 1-3 + Prequel) – Lindsay Buroker

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The Fallen Empire Collection (Books 1-3 + Prequel)

Lindsay Buroker

Genre: Science Fiction

Publish Date: June 15, 2017

Publisher: Lindsay Buroker

Seller: Lindsay Buroker


A fighter pilot on a mission to reunite with her daughter. A cyborg soldier on a quest to regain his humanity. Mortal enemies during the war, they must now work together to salvage a seventy-year-old freighter and navigate the gauntlet of pirates, scavengers, mercenaries, and other pitfalls that stand in their way after the fall of the largest empire mankind has ever known.  This set includes: Book 1: Star Nomad Book 2: Honor’s Flight Book 3: Starseers The previously unpublished prequel novella Last Command The short story “Starfall Station" Star Nomad was a nominee for the Goodreads Readers’ Choice Awards and also made Amazon’s Top 20 list of Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2016. Start the adventure now!

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Taraji, Terrence and ‘Empire’ Stars Buy Season 4 Crew Bomber Jackets

The stars of “Empire” gave all 300 or so crew members a sweet jacket at the Season 4 wrap party, as a thank you for making the hit series possible … TMZ has learned. Taraji P. Henson, Andre Royo, Bryshere Y. Gray, Gabourey Sidibe, Jussie Smollett,…

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Jay-Z May Be Expanding His Empire Yet Again With Brand-New Restaurant

Jay-Z, Jay ZJay-Z may be one step closer to running your town with a new restaurant.
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Age of Myth: Book One of The Legends of the First Empire (Unabridged) – Michael J. Sullivan

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Age of Myth: Book One of The Legends of the First Empire (Unabridged)

Michael J. Sullivan

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 4.95

Publish Date: June 28, 2016

© ℗ © 2016 Recorded Books

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Sinful Empire (Unabridged) – Meghan March

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Sinful Empire (Unabridged)

Meghan March

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 14.95

Publish Date: December 19, 2017

© ℗ © 2017 Meghan March

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Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire – Steve Perry

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Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire

Steve Perry

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 11.95

Publish Date: February 20, 2007

© ℗ © 2007 Random House Audio

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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – Irvin Kershner

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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Irvin Kershner

Genre: Action & Adventure

Price: $ 14.99

Release Date: June 20, 1980


Discover the conflict between good and evil in the electrifying Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. After the destruction of the Death Star, Imperial forces continue to pursue the Rebels. After the Rebellion’s defeat on the ice planet Hoth, Luke journeys to the planet Dagobah to train with Jedi Master Yoda, who has lived in hiding since the fall of the Republic. In an attempt to convert Luke to the dark side, Darth Vader lures young Skywalker into a trap in the Cloud City of Bespin.

© © 1980 and 1997 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

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Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1: Heir to the Empire – Timothy Zahn

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Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1: Heir to the Empire

Timothy Zahn

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 11.95

Publish Date: February 20, 2007

© ℗ © 2007 Random House Audio

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Empire (In Her Name, Book 4) – Michael R. Hicks

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Empire (In Her Name, Book 4)

Redemption, Book 1)

Michael R. Hicks

Genre: Science Fiction

Publish Date: September 4, 2009

Publisher: Michael R. Hicks

Seller: Smashwords


Empire is the first book of the In Her Name: Redemption trilogy, and is the coming-of-age story of Reza Gard, a young boy of the Human Confederation who is swept up in the century-long war against the alien Kreelan Empire. Nightmarish female warriors with blue skin, fangs, and razor sharp talons, the Kreelans have technology that is millennia beyond that of the Confederation, yet they seek out close combat with sword and claw, fighting and dying to honor their god-like Empress. Captured and enslaved, Reza must live like his enemies in a grand experiment to see if humans have souls, and if one may be the key to unlocking an ages old curse upon the Kreelan race. Enduring the brutal conditions of Kreelan life, Reza and a young warrior named Esah-Zhurah find themselves bound together by fate and a prophecy foretold millennia before they were born. If you’re new to the In Her Name series, here is the author’s recommended reading order: The Last War Trilogy — First Contact — Legend Of The Sword — Dead Soul The Redemption Trilogy — Empire — Confederation — Final Battle The First Empress Trilogy — From Chaos Born — Forged In Flame — Mistress Of The Ages

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The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1 (Unabridged) – Brandon Sanderson

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The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1 (Unabridged)

Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 41.95

Publish Date: December 23, 2008

© ℗ © 2008 Macmillan Audio

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‘Empire’: Terrence Howard On How Lucious Is Dealing With His Brain Injury

At the Fox portion of the Television Critics Association summer tour, “Empire” star Terrence Howard talks with Access Hollywood about the upcoming season, which sees Lucious suffering memory loss and a brain injury following the car explosion in the Season 3 finale. Plus, he talks about working with Forest Whitaker, who is joining the show for a guest arc, and Demi Moore, who joined the show at the end of last season.


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Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition), The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1 (Unabridged) – Timothy Zahn

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Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition), The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1 (Unabridged)

Timothy Zahn

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 15.95

Publish Date: September 6, 2011

© ℗ © 2011 Random House Audio

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Empire: Music from “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” – EP – Empire Cast

Empire Cast - Empire: Music from

Empire: Music from "What’s Love Got to Do With It?" – EP

Empire Cast

Genre: Pop

Price: $ 5.99

Release Date: November 11, 2015

© ℗ 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

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Empire: Original Soundtrack, Season 2, Vol. 1 (Deluxe) – Empire Cast

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Empire: Original Soundtrack, Season 2, Vol. 1 (Deluxe)

Empire Cast

Genre: Pop

Price: $ 14.99

Expected Release Date: November 20, 2015

© ℗ 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation / Distributed by Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

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Why The Empire Would Fall Even If The Rebels Didn’t Exist

By Daniel O’Brien,CRACKED Staff  Published: November 09th, 2015 


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Lee Daniels and Terrence Howard — ‘Empire’ Lawsuit is Bogus … You’re No Lucious Lyon!

Lee Daniels and Terrence Howard say there’s no way they ripped off the idea for “Empire,” because the guy suing for a billion dollars couldn’t hack it in the music biz. Daniels and Howard are responding to the lawsuit filed by Ron Newt — as TMZ…

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Empire: Music From ‘Poor Yorick’ – EP – Empire Cast

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Empire: Music From ‘Poor Yorick’ – EP

Empire Cast

Genre: Pop

Price: $ 4.99

Release Date: October 14, 2015

© ℗ 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

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Empire of the Sun – Steven Spielberg

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Empire of the Sun

Steven Spielberg

Genre: Drama

Price: $ 9.99

Rental Price: $ 2.99

Release Date: March 10, 1988


From one of the greatest filmmakers of our time, Steven Spielberg, comes an epic film telling the story of a young boy's determination to survive in the face of the devastating events that transpire after Japan invades Shanghai on December 8, 1941.

© © 1987 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.

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EXCLUSIVE: Master P Reveals Release Date, Tracklist & Cover Art For ‘Empire’ Album

(AllHipHop News) Recently Master P announced he and his No Limit label were set to make a major comeback in different areas of entertainment. Part of that revival is the new reality series Family Empire set to air on Reelz on November 28. P is also dropping an album titled Empire on that same date.

[ALSO READ: Master P Set To Release “Ice Cream Man” Album Trilogy, New TV Show & Movie]

The 15-track project was produced by BlaqNmild. No Limit soldiers are featured throughout the album as well as fellow New Orleans legend Lil Wayne.

In addition, Master P is working on his King Of The South biopic. Queen Latifah, Wendell Pierce, and Charlamagne Tha God have already been tapped for the motion picture. Casting calls are currently being held.

[ALSO READ: Master P’s ‘King Of The South’ Biopic To Be Released In Spring 2016]

Check out the cover art and tracklist for Master P’s Empire below.

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Empire (In Her Name: Redemption, Book 1) – Michael R. Hicks

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Empire (In Her Name: Redemption, Book 1)

Redemption, Book 1)

Michael R. Hicks

Genre: Science Fiction

Publish Date: September 4, 2009

Publisher: Michael R. Hicks

Seller: Smashwords


EMPIRE is the coming-of-age story of Reza Gard, a young boy of the Human Confederation who is swept up in the century-long war with the alien Kreelan Empire. Nightmarish female warriors with blue skin, fangs, and razor sharp talons, the Kreelans have technology that is millennia beyond that of the Confederation, yet they seek out close combat with sword and claw, fighting and dying to honor their god-like Empress. Captured and enslaved, Reza must live like his enemies in a grand experiment to see if humans have souls, and if one may be the key to unlocking an ages old curse upon the Kreelan race. Enduring the brutal conditions of Kreelan life, Reza and a young warrior named Esah-Zhurah find themselves bound together by fate and a prophecy foretold millennia before they were born. The IN HER NAME Series: THE LAST WAR Trilogy – FIRST CONTACT (Book 1) – LEGEND OF THE SWORD (Book 2) – DEAD SOUL (Book 3) REDEMPTION Trilogy – EMPIRE (Book 1) – CONFEDERATION (Book 2) – FINAL BATTLE (Book 3) THE FIRST EMPRESS Trilogy – FROM CHAOS BORN (Book 1) – FORGED IN FLAME (Book 2) – MISTRESS OF THE AGES (Book 3 – 2015) Techno-Thrillers HARVEST Trilogy – SEASON OF THE HARVEST (Book 1) – BITTER HARVEST (Book 2) – REAPING THE HARVEST (Book 3)

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Empire (In Her Name: Redemption, Book 1) – Michael R. Hicks

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Empire (In Her Name: Redemption, Book 1)

Michael R. Hicks

Genre: Science Fiction

Publish Date: May 15, 2013

Publisher: Imperial Guard Publishing, LLC

Seller: Imperial Guard Publishing, LLC


EMPIRE is the coming-of-age story of Reza Gard, a young boy of the Human Confederation who is swept up in the century-long war with the alien Kreelan Empire. Nightmarish female warriors with blue skin, fangs, and razor sharp talons, the Kreelans have technology that is millennia beyond that of the Confederation, yet they seek out close combat with sword and claw, fighting and dying to honor their god-like Empress.  Captured and enslaved, Reza must live like his enemies in a grand experiment to see if humans have souls, and if one may be the key to unlocking an ages old curse upon the Kreelan race. Enduring the brutal conditions of Kreelan life, Reza and a young warrior named Esah-Zhurah find themselves bound together by fate and a prophecy foretold millennia before they were born.

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The Diabolical Miss Hyde: Electric Empire Series #1 (Unabridged) – Viola Carr

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Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel Xerxes, and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster "300," this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield – on the sea – as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. "300: Rise of an Empire" pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

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Donnie McClurkin Reacts To Empire Shade, Calls It Bullying

Donnie McClurkin, though doth protest too much. The three time Grammy Award winner infamous for going from gay to straight issued a press statement in reaction to his name being dropped on last night’s premiere episode of season two of Empire

On the show, Miss Lawrence of Real Housewives of Atlanta and Fashion Queens fame, and a flamboyant gay man, name checked McClurkin.

Due to McClurkin’s aforementioned history, and the context of the scene—Lawrence auditioning for Empire Records by serenading Jamal and imploring him to perform with him at a gay award show—many took it as shade. McClurkin got word and issued a press statement, and also referred to the scene as a “new form of bullying.”

“It was brought to my attention via social media that my name was included in a “back-handed”  manner during a scene in the FOX show, Empire. What might have been meant for evil, God uses for good! Despite the scripting used by @leedanielsent it has helped bring attention to the gospel of Jesus Christ that I sing and preach, an empowering moment! To my brothers and sisters, thank you for your support, encouragement & love! No negativity towards @leedanielsent let’s show the love of Jesus,” says McClurkin.

“Let this experience be a reminder that as loving Christians we’re called to share the good news of Christ and be examples of God’s love on the earth.”

Clearly, Lee Daniels (or whoever wrote the scene) was trolling because he could have used a plethora of names other than McClurkin’s. Clearly, it worked because he got a reaction.

Watch the scene in question on the flip.

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50 Cent Reacts To Empire Diss: “F*ck Empire, Tell Em’ We Said” [VIDEO]

Similar to Donnie McClurkin, 50 Cent was an unsolicited name drop on yesterday’s premiere for the second season of FOX’s Empire. While it is unknown whether or not the Power executive producer was tuned in like 16 million other people, it’s a definite that the news he was mentioned got back to him.

At the start of the show, Taraji P. Henson’s character Cookie Lyon glanced at her phone and spat “50 Cent still taking jabs at us. Look at what he put on the ‘Gram. Thirsty-ass,” a direct response to all the social media outbursts the G-Unit boss has fired at his primetime rival.

With the opportunity for a story like this one here too good to pass up, 50 took to his Instagram while in the studio and gave several responses.

“Can’t believe Cookie would say some shit like that about me,” he said, pretending to be astonished. “Thirsty, me? Thirsty? C’mon. You stupid?”

In another he seen he quotes: “Man, me and Cookie go way back,” he says. “You know I hit that.” It’s unclear whether he’s talking about his Power character Kanan in a parallel universe or the actual Curtis Jackson at this point, but whatever.

He also posted a meme of Omari Hardwick and Joseph Sikora as Ghost and Tommy with a caption that read, “F*ck Empire, tell em’ we said” and another video where he pretended to be Empire’s director a.k.a. Lee Daniels and was very explicit in making sure the man-to-man kiss scenes were on point.

It’s all in good fun for the sport of competition. Hit the next two pages for more of the 50 Cent Empire comedy hour.

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Judith Leiber gave her a crystal-encrusted mirror compact that looks like a chocolate chip cookie. Moschino let her stand out among orange-suited prisoners in a gold-trimmed denim patchwork jacket. Baja East sent a $ 5,995 full-length ikat-printed shearling coat that cofounder Scott Studenberg described as “her f–k you look.”
The woman basking in all this attention is none other than Cookie Lyon, who, as portrayed by Taraji P. Henson in “Empire,” has layered sassy one-liners on top of flamboyant style to become the TV character of the moment. When the second season of Fox’s hit series premieres on Sept. 23, Cookie can be seen reveling in a wardrobe stocked with the latest looks from Fendi, Kimberly McDonald, Stuart Weitzman, The Blonds, Versace, Balmain and other luxury labels that are clamoring to be featured on the show.
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Empire Being Sued For $500 Million

Terrence Howard has a host of real-life problems but his place of business has attracted yet another lawsuit.

The premise isn’t as elaborate or sensational as one of the hit show Empire’s subplots. It’s just another guy claiming Empire stole his life story/idea.

Reports TMZ:

Imagine “Empire” with Shaft in the lead role … that was the vision one guy had, but it never got made … and now he believes the creators of the show owe him $ 500 million for stealing his idea.

A guy named Jon Astor-White is suing EPs Danny Strong and Lee Daniels — as well as Imagine Entertainment and 21st Century Fox — claiming he shopped around a show called “King Solomon” back in 2007 … which bears a lot of similarities to “Empire.”

Astor-White claims his show would have starred Richard Roundtree (Shaft said no thanks) and was about a record executive and his family and their battle over control of the company.

Astor-White said he faxed the treatment around, and included a proposed cast list which was aspirational, to say the least. In addition to Roundtree, Astor-White wanted Diahann Carroll, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, John Goodman, George Hamilton and Angie Dickinson.

Astor-White describes his show as “the style and elegance of ‘Dynasty’ meets ‘The Sopranos’ with a sprinkling of ‘The Godfather.’” That’s a similar comparison Marvin Gaye III made in his claim.

The show has also been sued by a guy with Jackson family connections and by a woman who claims she is the real Cookie.

Astor-White is seeking the half a billion dollars … plus additional damages.

The struggle will likely continue down the line. Empire’s second season starts on September 23.


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Empire State Building Pays Tribute To Endangered Animals, Remembers Cecil The Lion

Cecil the lion, a majestic black-maned beast who once roamed the woodlands of Zimbabwe’s Hwange, was found dead last month on the outskirts of the national park. He had been killed by an American dentist for tens of thousands of dollars, then skinned and beheaded for a hunting trophy.

Cecil’s death has sparked outrage worldwide, as people everywhere lament the damage that humans continue to inflict on the populations of not just lions, but the planet’s many endangered creatures. On Saturday night, the Empire State Building served as a timely, sky-high reminder of this devastating impact, as images and video of threatened animals were projected onto the façade of the iconic New York City skyscraper.

Cecil was one of the animals featured.

For three hours, “insects, sea creatures, mammals, and birds crawled, swam, and flew over” the Empire State Building “as spectators ‘oohed’ and ‘awed,’” said The Verge. Snow leopards, tigers, lemurs, and manta rays were among the creatures on display.

The spectacle, achieved with the help of 40 projectors, was organized by the Oceanic Preservation Society and the filmmakers of “Racing Extinction,” an upcoming documentary about humans’ impact on threatened species.

“I’m hoping with this film and this event, we can raise awareness and start a movement,” the film’s director Louie Psihoyos (of “The Cove” fame) told The Verge.

NBC New York says the projections were a first for the Empire State Building, which is typically lit up with colors or, on occasion, light shows.

In total, 160 species were featured on the skyscraper. The New York Times says the production cost $ 1 million.

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Cookie’s Empire: Taraji P. Henson Earns Outstanding Lead Actress Emmy Nomination

Taraji P. Henson snagged herself an Emmy nomination this morning (July 14) for her role as Cookie Lyon on Empire. Henson is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

The 44-year-old Washington D.C. native’s Emmy competition is pretty serious with Viola Davis (How To Get Away With Murder), Claire Daines (Homeland), Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men), Robin Wright (House of Cards), and Tatania Maslany (Orphan Black).

This one could go either way, but Henson seems to be the front runner just based on Empire’s success, what her character means to the show, and how big it is on social media.

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Other nominees include Anthony Anderson, Bey & Jay, Don Cheadle, Queen Latifah,  Louis C.K., David Oyelowo, Amy Schumer, and more.

The 67th Annual Emmy Awards air Sept. 20 on Fox,  and will be hosted by Saturday Night Live alum, Andy Sanmberg.

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Lee Daniels On “Empire” Emmy Snubs: “F*ck These Motherf*ckers” (VIDEO)

(AllHipHop News) The Emmy nominations came out yesterday (July 16). Fox’s megasmash Empire earned three nominations, but only one in the major acting categories (Taraji P. Henson – Best Actress In A Drama Series). What was even more surprising is that the show was locked out of the “Outstanding Drama Series” category.

[ALSO READ: Taraji P. Henson Receives Emmy Nomination For “Empire” Role]

Co-creator Lee Daniels addressed the snubs in a video posted to Instagram. Daniels was joined by Empire star Jussie Smollett. The 32-year-old singer actor asked his boss to “be nice,” but Daniels still took a sarcastic shot at the Emmys.

“Fuck these motherfuckers,” Daniels says to the camera. The producer-director returned to IG to make it clear the comments were all in fun, and he suggested the “haters shut up and go to bed.”

Empire was a ratings behemoth. The numbers of viewers rose every week during the series’ first season. The finale drew in the largest ratings for a new series since 2005.

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Why ‘Empire’ Uses The F-Word But Not The N-Word

There has been some discussion around the slurs used on “Empire.” At a panel at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas, Saturday, the TV drama’s co-creator Danny Strong talked about forbidden language on network TV, explaining why writers avoided a racial epithet for black people but used one for gay men.

Terrence Howard, the show’s star, had come out saying using the former is needed to make the show more authentic. “I’m mad that we don’t say n– in the show,” he told Entertainment Weekly in February. “Why is TV showing something different from the reality of the world? Why is there a thing called censorship that stop people from hearing everyday talk? We use n– every day. It’s become part of a conversation—why aren’t we using it in the show?”

Strong insisted that was not necessary. “It’s not a documentary about hip-hop,” he said Saturday, addressing Howard’s comments. “It’s a soap opera that takes place in the hip-hop world.”

Toward the end of the panel, an audience member asked Strong why he felt comfortable using a particular gay slur, if the N-word was off-limits in the writer’s room. In the scene in question, Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) shouts at Lucious (Terrence Howard). “I want to show you a f– really can run this company,” she says, referencing their gay son Jamal (Jussie Smollett) taking control of the company.

“That was really important to [co-creator] Lee [Daniels], in particular, who is gay,” Strong said. “The idea is that she is throwing his homophobia back in his face… So to use one of the most offensive slurs is a powerful way to do that.”

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Shot by Brett Ratner, the video showcases Carey in all her diva glory as she drinks champagne and daubs herself with her very own brand of perfume.
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Discover the conflict between good and evil in the electrifying Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. After the destruction of the Death Star, Imperial forces continue to pursue the Rebels. After the Rebellion’s defeat on the ice planet Hoth, Luke journeys to the planet Dagobah to train with Jedi Master Yoda, who has lived in hiding since the fall of the Republic. In an attempt to convert Luke to the dark side, Darth Vader lures young Skywalker into a trap in the Cloud City of Bespin.

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Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

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Release Date: March 9, 2015

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Snoop Dogg Reveals He’s ‘Pretty Sure’ About an ‘Empire’ Return — and He’s Bringing Pharrell!

Could Snoop Dogg be back for more Empire? We hope so!
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Praise Cookie! Which Empire Fan Faves Just Got Promoted to Series Regular?

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‘Empire’ Sued — You Stole My Life Story!!!

A friend of the Jackson family is suing Terrence Howard, Lee Daniels, “Empire” and others, claiming the hit show is a carbon copy of his film about his life as a “gangster, pimp and drug dealer.” Ron Newt, who describes himself as a “known ghetto…

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Is Taraji P. Henson Anything Like Cookie From Empire? Watch Her Slap Taran Killam in Her SNL Promos

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Was Malik Yoba Killed Off “Empire” For Gay Outing?


There were rumors that Malik Yoba was deaded on “Empire” because he said that his gay co-star was very active in the gay community. He also unwittingly revealed that the dude Jussie Smollett, who plays Jamal on the show, was gay in real life. Now, Malik backtracked on this, but the damage was done. The word on the street was that Lee Daniel, who is the co-creator, of the show, was pissed at the “outing.” And POOF….Malik was gone from the show, despite being a major player. It was speculated that he was written out of the how for the error.
Malik took the time to dismiss the rumors and then some with Jet Magazine. ((Streets still talking though.))

JET: What is most disheartening  aspect of the situation and how have you been able to deal with it?

Malik Yoba:
The saddest part is that the same publications and radio stations that will ask you to interview to promote something you’re doing…they never called, never reached out to me to see if any of it is true, but people want to promote it for quick views and likes. The people who will smile in your face, call you their brother and say they support you are the same one’s who will go and promote these untruths. I pray for them all.

And so it’s just a sad commentary on the world we live in right now. In over two decades in this business or at any time before I’ve never ever had this type of negativity spoken or written about me. And it’s unfortunate because I have children. I take care of a family through what I do. And unfortunately, people have no regards for that. I’ve chosen to stay in my lane. I know what I’m about. I know what God I serve. I know why I’m here. A wise man said to me years ago – using a football analogy: “They can only hit you if you’re carrying the ball.” And clearly, I have a mission and I’ve been true to that mission for over 30 years and a history and legacy of service –that’s how I’m dealing with it.

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It is real out there.

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‘Empire’ Star Malik Yoba — I Found the Guy Behind False Drug Rumors … He Better Apologize! (VIDEO)

[[tmz:video id=”0_26l92lb5″]] “Empire” star Malik Yoba is shooting down the rumors he was fired from the hit show because he was abusing drugs — and he’s getting an apology from the guy who spread the rumor in the first place. Malik came on TMZ…

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Empire Stars Smashing Each Other In Real Life? [VIDEO]

With the exception of Empire Distribution, Empire is everybody’s favorite soap opera right about now. So imagine diehard fans surprise to know that there’s a possibility that a few dressing rooms may be used for some on-site smashing.

Via TMZ:

Empire stars Andre Lyon and Anika Calhoun are family on-screen … but off-screen the actors may be hooking up.

Check out this video of Trai Byers, who plays Andre, and Grace Gealey, the now-famous Boo Boo Kitty. They went to a wedding together and people who went to the reception tell us they were super affectionate at times, but still conscious people were looking.

The bride and groom — Lauren Whitney Johnson and Cedric Sanders — are both actors, but nowhere near as famous as Lucious’ oldest son and ex-fiancée.

Andre needs someone new. His wife’s a killer.

Peep the video below. If you watch the show, you care.


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TV on the Radio: ‘Empire’ Track ‘Good Enough’ Hits Radio Charts

The cast of Fox's new sensation Empire does what few TV show troupes have been able to: make its way onto a Billboard radio airplay chart.
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‘Empire’ — Legal Dogfight Over Show Name

FOX claims there’s nothing special about the word “Empire,” and the network has now filed a lawsuit trying to torpedo a demand by a record label laying claim to the name.  The label is called Empire Distribution — they do distribution and…

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FOX’s Empire & Empire Distribution Involved In Ugly Legal Battle

It can’t be stressed enough how FOX’s Empire series catapulted to the front of the pack, exceeding all expectations and projections.

Which, has left a bad taste in the mouths of Empire Distribution, one of the most trustworthy music distribution services ever created. Ironically, Empire Distribution specializes in the realm of Hip-Hop and R&B, and have been responsible for servicing your favorite websites (Hip-Hop Wired included) and blogs with music from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Freddie Gibbs, Too $ hort, Snoop Dogg–you name it.

Yesterday, March 23, Twentieth Century Fox Television filed a federal lawsuit after the five-year-old Empire Distribution began to lay claim to the name.

In a press release sent to Hip-Hop Wired, Empire Distribution CEO Ghazi Shami explained, “FOX’s Empire television program has created significant confusion with EMPIRE’s products and services. Customers, artists and business partners have all expressed confusion to my employees, artists, and me as to whether the Empire program has any affiliation or business relationship with EMPIRE. It does not.”

Shami continued, “Fox, through the Empire program, advertises, distributes, and streams music and sells downloads under the ‘Empire’ mark. This music shares the same search terms as EMPIRE’s music, the musical genres are identical, and the songs and albums are positioned in close proximity in online outlets such as iTunes, Google Play, Amazon.com, and Spotify. It isn’t just a fictional show; they are functioning as a record label in the real world,” said Shami. “This only makes the public confusion worse.”

Michael Hobbs, a partner with Troutman Sanders LLP, is representing Empire Distribution in the case and alleges that they reached out to FOX several times to solve the matter but were spurned at the mere thought. “The only alternative with which we are left is to litigate, which we will do vigorously to protect our client’s valuable rights,” Hobbs said.

According to TMZ, FOX’s said lawsuit is asking a judge to shoot Empire Distribution’s demand of $ 5 million if the show uses Empire Distribution’s artists as regulars or $ 8 million outright.

This is even uglier than Vernon Turner’s exit.


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FOX’s Empire & Empire Distribution Involved In Ugly Legal Battle

It can’t be stressed enough how FOX’s Empire series catapulted to the front of the pack, exceeding all expectations and projections.

Which, has left a bad taste in the mouths of Empire Distribution, one of the most trustworthy music distribution services ever created. Ironically, Empire Distribution specializes in the realm of Hip-Hop and R&B, and have been responsible for servicing your favorite websites (Hip-Hop Wired included) and blogs with music from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Freddie Gibbs, Too $ hort, Snoop Dogg–you name it.

Yesterday, March 23, Twentieth Century Fox Television filed a federal lawsuit after the five-year-old Empire Distribution began to lay claim to the name.

In a press release sent to Hip-Hop Wired, Empire Distribution CEO Ghazi Shami explained, “FOX’s Empire television program has created significant confusion with EMPIRE’s products and services. Customers, artists and business partners have all expressed confusion to my employees, artists, and me as to whether the Empire program has any affiliation or business relationship with EMPIRE. It does not.”

Shami continued, “Fox, through the Empire program, advertises, distributes, and streams music and sells downloads under the ‘Empire’ mark. This music shares the same search terms as EMPIRE’s music, the musical genres are identical, and the songs and albums are positioned in close proximity in online outlets such as iTunes, Google Play, Amazon.com, and Spotify. It isn’t just a fictional show; they are functioning as a record label in the real world,” said Shami. “This only makes the public confusion worse.”

Michael Hobbs, a partner with Troutman Sanders LLP, is representing Empire Distribution in the case and alleges that they reached out to FOX several times to solve the matter but were spurned at the mere thought. “The only alternative with which we are left is to litigate, which we will do vigorously to protect our client’s valuable rights,” Hobbs said.

According to TMZ, FOX’s said lawsuit is asking a judge to shoot Empire Distribution’s demand of $ 5 million if the show uses Empire Distribution’s artists as regulars or $ 8 million outright.

This is even uglier than Vernon Turner’s exit.


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‘Empire’ Stars — Boo Boo Kitty Hooking up With Andre Lyon … For Real!

“Empire” stars Andre Lyon and Anika Calhoun are family on-screen … but off-screen the actors may be hooking up. Check out this video of Trai Byers, who plays Andre, and Grace Gealey, the now-famous Boo Boo Kitty. They went to a wedding together and…

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‘Empire’ Is Showing Us A New Way To Think About Black TV Characters

The Fox drama “Empire” reigned supreme Wednesday evening, capping off its breakout first season with a two-hour finale whose latter half drew 17.6 million viewers, according to Associated Press reports. That’s about an 18 percent jump from the show’s March 11 episode, which 14.9 million people watched. It’s also the greatest number of people to watch the first-season finale of a TV drama since “Grey’s Anatomy” in 2005.

Since its Jan. 7 debut, “Empire” has stirred up numerous conversations about show creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, and the ways in which they’ve addressed various topics — some of them drawn from Daniels’ own traumatic early life — that often go unmentioned on black television.

“’Empire’ is resisting the impulse to present the typical one-dimensional, stereotypical characters we have seen in the past around representations of African Americans,” said Robin R. Means Coleman, an author and communications professor at the University of Michigan, told The Huffington Post.

“While some have noted that its attention to ALS and being bipolar is oversimplified, and that the ‘homophobia-in-the-Black-community’ narrative is a bit clichéd, that fact of the matter is that ‘Empire’ is a series that is ‘going there,’ on these important issues,” Coleman continued. “More, these discussions reside right alongside other topics that have not typically been seen in a Black series, such as IPOs.”

Even as ratings have soared over the course of the season’s 12 episodes, critics have debated “Empire’s” authenticity and its portrayal of African-Americans. Others have questioned whether the show is glorifying certain stereotypes that are often associated with inner-city black communities.

During a recent appearance on “Access Hollywood,” Terrence Howard, who plays “Empire” patriarch Lucious Lyon, mentioned that he’d like to hear the show’s characters use the n-word in the second season. Though the n-word is almost never heard on television today, it was heard on many popular black TV shows of earlier eras, including “Sanford and Son” and “The Jeffersons.”

“I believe if we’re gonna really tackle racism, if we’re gonna tackle bigotry, if we’re gonna tackle homophobia, we need to attack it dead on,” Howard said on “Access Hollywood.” “You don’t just sit up, you know, ‘let’s give a little aspirin right here.’ No, we need to take the sutures, open up the problem and reach in and grab it.”

“And since [the n-word] is used in almost every conversation in most black neighborhoods, why is it that we don’t hear it on TV anymore?” he continued. “Are white people afraid of it? Did they create the word? But if this is something that we use on a daily basis, then let’s address what it really means.”

Should a popular a sitcom such as “Empire” incorporate the usage of the n-word in an effort to combat racism and maintain authenticity within the black community? According to a highly unscientific poll of HuffPost readers, the answer is no by a margin of almost 3 to 1.

“We are supposed to be in such progressive times as a nation and a culture, why do we have to retread to something that represents such a heinous part of our history,” the entertainment journalist Karu F. Daniels told HuffPost in an email.

“Why does a fictitious prime time soap opera have to be ‘that authentic’?” Daniels went on. “I think enough slurs have been used. They don’t need any more. It’s not a reality show. And it’s not cable. We are talking about a primetime soap opera right? There are black people on ‘The Young & The Restless’ and ‘The Bold & The Beautiful’ — some from humble backgrounds — they don’t use the n-word.”

Besides “Empire’s” eagerness to tackle explosive topics, another key part of the show’s success has been Taraji P. Henson, who plays Lucious’s ex-wife, Cookie. Henson has gained a cult following for her work on “Empire,” which continues in the lineage of Shonda Rhimes’ force-of-nature black leading ladies on “Scandal” and “How To Get Away With Murder.” In fact, Strong recently entertained the idea of having “Scandal’s” Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) show up on a future episode of “Empire.”

“I think television viewing audiences are seeing a surge in strong black female lead characters that haven’t been seen for years on primetime television dramas. And that’s a good thing,” Daniels told HuffPost. “Shows such as ‘Scandal’ and ‘Empire’ and even ‘Tyler Perry Presents The Haves And The Have Nots’ are infectious, over-the-top soap operas that an underserved and virtually ignored demographic gravitate towards because they walk in the door knowing that it’s fictitious entertainment as opposed to the over-produced, scripted schlock that reality TV has become.”

“Cookie represents a hood-rat with a heart of gold who made many sacrifices to do what she thinks is right,” Daniels continued. “She’s not perfect and polished and doesn’t try to be. But she, surprisingly, can be the moral center of the show.”

“Olivia is more aspirational to some. She has the pedigree and all of the sophistication we haven’t seen in primetime television since Diahann Carroll was on ‘Dynasty’ 30 years ago,” he added. “But she is flawed when it comes to matters of the heart, having an affair with a married man. And because of those types of imperfections, it humanizes her in a way that is relatable to many.”
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Bow Wow Says Empire Stereotypes Black Actors, Prefers CSI [Photos]

By now, everyone is well aware that Bow Wow is an accomplished actor. The man who cut his teeth on cinematic flicks such as Roll Bounce, Like Mike, Lottery Ticket, and Madea’s Big Happy Family wouldn’t take a job on Empire because it stereotypes Black actors. 

He broke it down in an interview about racial diversity as it relates to his role on the CSI spinoff, CSI: Cyber.

“When we were still filming Cyber episodes, Empire‘s first episode premiered. Fans were saying, ‘Man, you should have been on the show.’ But we all don’t rap or play basketball,” he said. “We can do so many things. There are young African-Americans who are intelligent enough to work at the FBI. That’s what’s so bright. Hopefully, I can help start a new wave of young black actors who don’t want to stereotype themselves.”

Twitter was quick to remind Bow of the following: He’s not up for a role on Empire.

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Is Diddy Letting Quincy Appear On Empire Next Season?

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Remember earlier on there were reports that Diddy did not want his oldest son Quincy to participate in Empire because he would have to sign over his music rights in order to participate on the show. Another rumor was that Diddy wasn’t letting Quincy participate because he wasn’t the music director and or music producer on the show. Despite the allegations, another source told Page Six, Quincy will be considered for the second season of Empire once Diddy allows him to participate. It appears that Quincy will in fact be participating in second season. Under a flyer Quincy posted on Instagram, a fan asked him would he ever appear on Empire. He replied, “yezzir.”

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‘Empire’ soundtrack eclipses Madonna for Billboard No. 1 album

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Watch the Throne: A Who’s Who on “Empire”

Fox’s television series Empire, about a family in the music and entertainment business, is a smash-hit.  It has not only received rave reviews and high numbers of viewers week after week, but also weaved its way into popular culture – from being parodied on Saturday Night Live to being referenced in ads for other shows (Weird Loners).  Public figures have even claimed that elements of theirfox_empire_series lives were used as inspiration for certain characters.  And that is not totally without merit.  Therefore, with the premiere season set to conclude tonight, AllHipHop.com has compiled a “who’s who” list to see how some members of the Lyon family and Empire Entertainment compare to the real world Hip-Hop moguls and artists who have made an impact.

Lucious Lyon is Diddy and Jay Z: Lucious is the patriarch of the family of who parlayed his life experiences in the streets into a music career and helped turn Empire Entertainment into an amazingly successful company for which he sees his children being able to benefit from.  Last month, Diddy said he was suing the show for basing parts of the show on his life and the events of Bad Boy Entertainment and not compensating him for it.  Luscious Lyon and Diddy certainly share some similarities (i.e their white parties and kids who see the spotlight, having two sons involved in music) , but there are other elements of Luscious’ life that are more Sean Carter than Sean Combs.  For example, just like Hov, Luscious became a mogul because he found success initially as a recording artist discussing hustling which helped build his brand, whereas Puff made an album after Bad Boy was already an established entity.

Cookie Lyon is Lil’ Kim: By her own admission, Taraji P. Henson, who plays Cookie, has said that “she [Lil’ Kim] was a champion, and she’s certainly Cookie’s champion.”  All it takes is one scene and it’s clear to see the similarities between the two women.  In addition to their beauty and outspoken attitudes, they also both did prison time to protect the ones they care about.  In 2005, Lil Kim was convicted for lying to the grand jury to protect people in a 2001 shootout and went to jail for a year.  On Empire, Cookie has just been released from a 17-year sentence for drug dealing while Lucious benefited from the profits of those sales by using that money to build Empire Entertainment.

Andre Lyon is Damon Dash: Andre is not musically inclined like the rest of his family, but it is largely because of his business acumen that Empire Entertainment is at the level of success that it is.  Similarly, Damon Dash helped Roc-A-Fella Records and Jay Z thrive in the late 90’s and early 00’s in the same manner.  When Jay and Dame’s business relationship soured, many perceived that Dame got the short end of the stick.  And in a recent episode of Empire, Lucious voted against Andre running the company if/when he were to become incapacitated.

Jamal Lyon is Frank Ocean: They’re both very talented R&B artists who can sing and play instruments.  It’s 2015, and so their open homosexuality, while it did get some attention initially, really isn’t an issue. And just as how some in the music community ( Jay Z and Beyonce) showed Ocean support for discussing that personal detail with the public, Cookie and his brother Hakeem have been there for Jamal.

Hakeem Lyon is Tyga: Hakeem and Tyga are both mediocre rappers with upbeat energy that gives them an appeal to younger audiences, yet they both want to complete creative freedom.  Hakeem is asked to do a pop record at a Teen Choice Awards nomination ceremony (and Tyga has been linked to Kylie Jenner who co-hosted a music awards show for teen audiences), but later insists on not watering down his music.  And while Tyga has been linked to mainstream gossip because of his aforementioned connection to Jenner, he also took a no-hold barred approach to his image by working on an adult film, Rack City: The XXX Movie back in 2012.  And because the age gap between Tyga [25 years old] and Kylie [17 years old] has gotten attention, Empire flips that and has Hakeem, presumably in his late-teens, fall for an older woman instead, Camilla Marks (played by Naomi Campbell).

 

What do you think of Empire?  Will you be tuning in tonight for the season finale?

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Iman Shumpert Backtracks On Empire Stole His Life Claims

Earlier today, Iman Shumpert was getting clowned after he reportedly claimed characters on hit FOX show Empire were based on the life of him and his girlfriend, Teyana Taylor. However, the Cleveland Cavalier now claims that his quotes were blown out of proportion. 

Shumpert relayed his theory to Cleveland.com. “They’re using my girl’s character, her style, her look and she’s not getting anything for it,” Shumpert said of Taylor, referring to the character “Tiana Brown.” “They didn’t even change her name. They could have at least let my girl audition for the part instead of stealing her character completely.”

The character’s sometime girlfriend on the show is Hakeem, who sports a towering high top fade like Shumpert. He is also a struggle rapper like Shumpert, who dissed Charlamagne in rhyme late last year.

Nevertheless, Shumpert changed his tune after the initial story went viral, and after getting mocked by Empire devotees. He told TMZ Sports:

“Fans of the show and friends have told us on many occasions that couple favors us but we do not all feel that our lives are being copied/stolen.”

Shumpert continues, “I apologize to the actors on the show because they’re just being professionals and don’t deserve slander that’s not what I was trying to portray and I have to be more careful with my choice of words.”

“I do not appreciate the writer using his questions with my answers to draw quotes like I was making these elaborate answers but that’s the media. The writer took a 2-3 min convo of locker room talk after a GREAT TEAM WIN and made it look like a sit down interview and it wasn’t.”

That Empire fan mafia is not to be trifled with, eh?

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