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A hip-hop mogul must choose a successor among his three sons who are battling for control over his multi-million dollar company, while his ex-wife schemes to reclaim what is hers.
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Taraji P. Henson reigns as Cookie Lyon in "Empire." Check out other roles she's played on TV and in the movies.

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Series cast summary:
...  Lucious Lyon 66 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Hakeem Lyon 66 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Jamal Lyon 66 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Andre Lyon 66 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Anika Calhoun 66 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Cookie Lyon 66 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Porsha 63 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Becky 62 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Tiana Brown 60 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Thirsty Rawlings 42 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Chicken 39 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Rhonda Lyon 37 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Shyne Johnson 37 episodes, 2016-2018
...  Freda Gatz / ... 30 episodes, 2015-2017


Lucious, the founder and CEO of a successful record label has been diagnosed with ALS. He must choose one of his three sons to take over the company when he dies. Meanwhile, his ex wife and co-founder, Cookie, has been released from prison and wants to reclaim her rightful place in the company. Written by Jennifer Holmes

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Release Date:

7 January 2015 (USA)  »

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Untitled Danny Strong/Lee Daniels Project  »

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Performances by Terrence Howard as 'DJay' and Taraji P. Henson as 'Suge' in the 2005 movie "Hustle & Flow" are almost a perfect prelude to their 2015 hit series "Empire" and their characters 'Lucious Lyon' and 'Cookie Lyon' and the background story of their early years before Cookie's 17 year prison term where she takes the blame for Lucious. See more »


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7 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

Seriously, drugs, hoods, criminals, murderers, psychologically sick people who just happen to be 'black'--this is precisely how Fox TV would have America and the world view the African American people, to perpetuate the stereotype they are so anxious to create. My family and friends will not support this garbage---Is it so impossible to present a positive image like the Cosby Show--why couldn't these talented actors be in a show with a positive image? Maybe there actually is a conspiracy to bring down Bill Cosby (a positive image) after all, I'm about to be convinced...okay after he's down, what are they going to make up about Denzel? I mean really, this is the only thing 'they' can project to the world (our kids) about us...this is so old and tired, these producers should be fired for extreme lack of creativity---this crap was shown 50 years ago...dump it!!! It provides absolutely NO value, only to the lowest denominator in the hood community!!! DON'T WATCH!!!

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