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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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The Many Faces of Taraji P. Henson

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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 Lucious Lyon (52 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Hakeem Lyon (52 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Jamal Lyon (52 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Andre Lyon (52 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Anika Calhoun (52 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Cookie Lyon (52 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Porsha (49 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Becky (48 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Tiana Brown (46 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Rhonda Lyon (36 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Chicken (33 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Freda Gatz / ... (30 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Thirsty Rawlings (28 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Employee / ... (28 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Shyne Johnson / ... (23 episodes, 2016-2017)
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 Tariq (22 episodes, 2016-2017)
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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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Their reign. Their rules. (Season 3) See more »

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Trivia

For her audition to play Elle Dallas, Courtney Love was asked to sing a Patti LaBelle song, which by all accounts, including Love's, was a disaster. Rather than cast another actress, Lee Daniels retooled the character as a megastar singer who lost her voice and asked Love to perform an Al Green song instead, so as to take advantage of Love's more rock-oriented vocals, rather than the R&B type-sound he'd originally envisioned. Love then won the part. See more »

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Referenced in Tosh.0: Elephant Lady (2015) See more »

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Epic... Empire
2 February 2015 | by (Las Vegas, NV) – See all my reviews

I love this show. I wasn't going to watch it because I am more of a binge watcher and I don't subscribe to cable TV. However, I love Taraji & Terrence together since Hustle & Flow. They just fit perfect together for this series. The issues that arise within this family are real. The dynamics are present in every family household from illness, to the struggle that wealth brings, to homosexuality to obesity and style. The music is amazing. You don't have to love rap or hip hop to appreciate the musical talent behind the scenes of this show. My favorite character is Cookie of course. She is an OG gangsta female who is unafraid to speak her mind and is always in the Height of Fashion. Besides that the chemistry that still exists between her and Luscious is palpable. He loves her for who she is and always was. She never stopped loving him either. I will watch this show play out and it will be one of very few that I watch from TV. ITS DEFINITELY WORTH IT!


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