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TERRENCE HOWARD - (Lucious Lyon on EMPIRE)
Born in Chicago, IL, Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actor Terrence Howard began his acting career as Jackie Jackson in the television miniseries “The Jacksons: An American Dream,”...
TARAJI P. HENSON - (Cookie Lyon on EMPIRE)
Taraji P. Henson starred in the Academy Award-nominated feature film “Hidden Figures,” which won the 2017 SAG Award for Outstanding Performance By a Cast in a Motion Picture. In 2016, Henson received...
JUSSIE SMOLLETT - (Jamal Lyon on EMPIRE)
Actor and recording artist Jussie Smollett most recently co-starred in Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant.” He next has a cameo as poet Langston Hughes in Reginald Hudlin’s “Marshall,” scheduled for...
BRYSHERE Y. GRAY - (Hakeem Lyon on EMPIRE)
Prior to EMPIRE, Bryshere Y. Gray, aka rapper Yazz the Greatest, played high school football and worked at a Pizza Hut. His role on the show has led him to land a record deal with Columbia Records...
TRAI BYERS - Andre Lyon on EMPIRE)
Classically trained actor Trai Byers was seen in the Academy Award-nominated film “Selma,” produced by Oprah Winfrey and starring David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Giovanni Ribisi, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Tim...
GRACE BYERS - (Anika Calhoun on EMPIRE)
Caymanian actress Grace Byers moved to the U.S. to attend the University of South Florida in Tampa, where she received a B.A. in theater arts. During her time at USF, acting afforded her the...
GABOUREY SIDIBE - (Becky on EMPIRE)
Gabourey Sidibe made her film debut as the title character in Lee Daniels’ Academy Award-nominated film, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.” For her role as “Precious,” Sidibe received...
TA’RHONDA JONES - (Porsha on EMPIRE)
A native of Chicago’s South Side, Ta’Rhonda Jones is one of eight siblings. Her passion for music developed at a young age, blossoming into a rap career under the moniker Lady Heroine. She recently...
SERAYAH - (Tiana on EMPIRE)
Born in Encinitas, CA, Serayah is an actor, singer and dancer.  In addition to her role on EMPIRE, she was in the feature film “Burning Sands,” which was released in 2017. Serayah is known for her...
ALVIN “XZIBIT” JOINER - (Shyne on EMPIRE)
Alvin “Xzibit” Joiner is a multi-Platinum rapper, actor and producer.   His notable feature credits include “Sun Dogs,” opposite Michael Angarano, Allison Janney and Ed O'Neill; Werner Herzog’s “Bad...
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EMPIRE/STAR Music Video

EMPIRE “Together”

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