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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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Series cast summary:
Terrence Howard ...  Lucious Lyon 70 episodes, 2015-2018
Bryshere Y. Gray ...  Hakeem Lyon 70 episodes, 2015-2018
Jussie Smollett ...  Jamal Lyon 70 episodes, 2015-2018
Trai Byers ...  Andre Lyon 70 episodes, 2015-2018
Taraji P. Henson ...  Cookie Lyon 70 episodes, 2015-2018
Ta'Rhonda Jones ...  Porsha 67 episodes, 2015-2018
Grace Byers ...  Anika Calhoun 66 episodes, 2015-2018
Gabourey Sidibe ...  Becky 66 episodes, 2015-2018
Serayah ...  Tiana Brown 64 episodes, 2015-2018
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AzMarie Livingston ...  Chicken 40 episodes, 2015-2018
Kaitlin Doubleday ...  Rhonda Lyon 37 episodes, 2015-2018
Xzibit ...  Shyne Johnson 37 episodes, 2016-2018
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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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7 January 2015 (USA) See more »

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7 January 2015 | by ashfordcorpSee 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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