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I pose with actress Taraji P. Henson who plays Cookie Lyon on the new television series “Empire.” The show premieres January 7 on FOX.

Fox Broadcasting Company hosted its Red Carpet event for “Empire,” the premiere show starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson at PUBLIC Chicago on Monday. I must say that I’ve been to a number of Red Carpet events, but this one is certainly at the top of my list. 

The show, which features an iconic list of stars, was presented to a select number of attendees in a posh, upscale atmosphere. PUBLIC Chicago’s commanding ambiance was the perfect venue for the all white and gold affair. The event carried your usual suspects: an allotted time period for press interviews with the cast and crew, photo opportunities with members of the cast, and a spread of elegant hors d’oeuvres.

Malik Yoba who plays the character of Vernon Turner on “Empire,” poses for paparazzi at the series’ Red Carpet event.

We also got to check out the pilot episode for the series, which is created by Lee Daniels (Precious, The Butler), Danny Strong (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay pt. 1 & 2) and executive produced by Ilene Chaiken (The L Word).

Without giving away too many details, I immediately noticed the show had lots of realistic elements that are seen in families across the country. Terrence Howard plays the character of Lucious Lyon, an immensely talented artist and the CEO of Empire Entertainment. He finds out that he has less than three years to live, and launches his search for an heir to his company. His three sons, and his ex-wife (Taraji P. Henson), set out to claim Empire Entertainment for their own.

Jussie Smollett who plays the character of Jamal Lyon on “Empire,” poses for paparazzi at the series’ Red Carpet event.

Watch the trailer for Empire:

Here’s a preview of the screening of Fox’s new hit series Empire. Full interview coming soon! The show starts January 7th, make sure you tune in!

1 Comment

  1. I wanted to know if you watch a show that you suggested to those who read your article or is that just for business purposes only? Do you watch the show? Did you find yourself turning away from it or wanted to but didn’t? Don’t you think that the majority of stuff on the tube are very much like our society today with that anything goes attitude? Looks like the black female creator of ‘Scandal’, the black male creator of ‘Empire’, Oprah, Tyler Perry, and other black writers, producers, creators are all out to not just make a buck but to maintain their standard of living at the expense of those of us who are willing to view the material that they put out. So what is your viewpoint on all of this and congrats on your success as a writer and other media talents that you now have.

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