Don’t you hate it when the person you knocked the punk out somehow has the authority to return the favor…well DJ Lucious faced that exact moment when…
Rapper Ludacris can execute that revenge, especially after that bathroom tussle provided by his co-star, but all joke aside Luda confirmed his recurring participation in the hit TV musical series.
The rapper recently posted a behind-the-scenes look into his character in “Empire” season 2. Based on his Instagram post, Ludacris will portray the role of a veteran jail guard named McKnight. Now this should be interesting…(Skinny Black vs DJ pt2)
Also if you haven’t by now seen the intriguing Season 2 Trailer or just want to view it once more, here it is for your convenience…”Empire” season 2 premieres on Wednesday, Sept. 23
Oh Really, Ms Anika zoomed in on this eligible bachelor quick, now that’s what I call “T’werk + Network. Or is this all a ploy to keep us invested in the hit series?? Now it’s no surprise we will all be tuned in on Wed Sept. 23rd for the season premier, but did you notice how impeccable the timing worked out for the series? We’re still 6 weeks from getting our Empire fixbut the buzz surrounding these co-stars turned lovers will keep us interested in how this plays out on screen, now I’m even more anxious to watch this all unfold, in this case I surely do hope art imitates life…
Now back to the story at hand, according to sources close to the stars
Byers made the proposal extra special, asking her for her hand in marriage on her 31st birthday on Sunday, July 26. “He surprised her on her birthday,” a source tells Us. “He popped the question and she was totally surprised and elated. She can’t stop looking at the ring! They celebrated all night.”
Gealey and Byers celebrated their engagement and her birthday with fellow costars and both took to Instagram to express their love for one another.
Had so much fun celebrating @gracegealey’s life!! Happy Birthday to an exquisite human being! Thank you @kinmontchicago for hosting us. Amazing spot, wonderful food, UNFORGETTABLE night,” Byers captioned a photo collage on Monday, July 27.
Well well we here at Diverse Divas congratulate these and hope they embrace this special moment that will last a lifetime!! But as a fan we feel slighted, we didn’t get to cultivate and critique this relationship prior to the announcement which makes us, not question the validity, but to cautiously approach this so the fans won’t get too emotionally invested, because believe me, we’ve heard it all before…Let’s face it, how long have they been dating?? #ifitstruelove #ihopeitslegit #beautifulcouple
The nominations for this years Emmy Awards are were announced by our favorite inmate of OITNB’s Crazy Eyes Uzo Aduba and SYTYCD Cat Deeley… What I’m amazed by was the most enduring performances of the year recognized on this honored platform, first up…
Empire’s greatest asset Taraji P. Henson and How to Get Away with Murder’s Viola Davis each received nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
Blackish’s Anthony Anderson and House of Lies’ Don Cheadle received nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
Orange is the New Black’s Uzo Aduba received a nod for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
Getting On’s Neicy Nash received a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
Brooklyn Nine Nine’s Andre Braugher picked up the nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
Nightingale’s David Oyelowo received a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a mini-series or Movie
Bessie’s Queen Latifah and Michael Kenneth Williams both received a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress and Actor in a mini-series or Movie
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie nods went to Regina King for American Crime, Angela Bassett for American Horror Story: Freakshow and Monique for Bessie.
And Kandi Alexander(Scandal) and Cicely Tyson(HTGAWM) received nominations for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.
Interesting tidbit: Now recently every nomination announcement draws it’s own share of controversy by a disgruntled artist airing their frustrations in a dramatic fashion (i.e Kayne and Nicki Minaj). In this instance, Empire’s Lee Daniels was no different by venting his disappointment of the devastatingly hit series being snubbed for Outstanding Drama Series. Being that it’s brought in historical numbers for Fox, which is airing this years Emmys, to not be giving such an honor but Hollywood always has it’s way of reminding individuals where the true power resides… I guess Mo’Nique was right after all.
Make sure you tune in to support your favorite nominee Sept 20th on Fox
Was it not another breathtaking Moment on Empire?!! I had to reference Star Wars for the title due to the epic-ness of the show. Ratings rise again for another week which is Epic for Fox to even achieve such an accomplishment, now just imagine if they didn’t decide to greenlight this project- the Network didn’t believe in the show at first pushing it back like a Lil Wayne album but I know whoever made the choice is poppin’ their 4th bottle of Dom…with a model…(sorry had too!)
Tonight’s episode opens with the Lyon family gathered at a medical clinic to help Andre. A team of therapists talks the family through the possible ways to treat Andre’s bipolar disorder, which flared up last week. Lucious’ seat is empty. In a flashback, we learn that he was a lot more interested in his
career—a.k.a. singing with Mary J. Blige—than he was in supporting his son when Andre first had a breakdown in college. Then, as now, Lucious refused to let anyone tell him his son had a mental illness. He thinks Andre has the ability to will it away.
Lucious meets with Vernon to divvy up the Empire’s shares among the rest of the family. He has a plan to make things right with Cookie by giving her more control of the company, after which he expects her to want to get back with him. His plan to marry Cookie and then raise Lola (remember her? She’s Jamal’s daughter) together. Oh Really?!!???!! When you plan on telling her?
Well Olivia’s back, No not Olivia Pope! Your girl who left her child on the elevator of a multi-billion dollar company who just so happen to run away from her past just so it could follow her to the next bus stop. Now you know the Lyon’s family would’ve hooked her up with a plane ticket if you were that fearful of this man but that’s an IMO moment which i will not dwell on but the awkwardness was so prevalent in each scene that it caught me off guard but later for that sub-plot… and speaking of guards, Derek Luke as Malcolm, what a classy move to assert yourself and make it known, now I was surprised they took it there so soon. I was expecting more of a buildup because of the comment made last episode about Lucious still being in love with Cookie but instead they slapped me with it and therefore stunned with the impression it left on my face…ooohh Malcolm you can guard me all night looooonnnng!! Okay back from my dream….
Now I am not sure what Michelle White (Jennifer Holiday Hudsons) motive is but I question those “good intentions”. I’m not sure if she seduced Andre to pray or what, it was a risque move from the moment she locked the door and informs him of going against hospital policy, slightly going where no doctor should go by teasing him ever so gently to thennnnnn softly saying “let’s pray”….ummm i’m morbidly intrigued but should I be??#4givemeLord?? If she is just a cameo appearance then I can go on in peace, but I WONDER if they decide to keep her on as a potential side chick, ooh yes I repeat. When you consider the fact that Andre signed off his rights by make Rhonda, his WIFE, proxy of the IPO, so we would have a true showdown on our hands…come on Empire you can throw in a cat fight or 2!!
Now back to the sub-plot, Raven Symone was back this week and she came to town with a Jerkazz dude named Reggie who was hell bent on getting Lola back. This may have been the shadiest guy Empire has trotted out so far and when he showed up at the Lyon house, it was clear that something was going to happen. Now from the previews I expect him to pull out a gun, but not sure who it was originally intended for! His anger towards Jamal was clearly misguided and a little abrupt, but it made for a pretty tense scene. I didn’t think he was going to actually shoot Jamal, but I was still on the edge of my seat.
Then I was wide-eyed and screaming when Lucious let the cat out of the bag.
Stop, stop, stop, stop, stop! It was me! It was me! I’m the father. I put the baby in her, not him. I did it.
Lucious What is wrong with you? Like honestly, what is wrong with you? So, he makes Olivia marry Jamal to what, keep up the appearance that he’s straight and in return he promises to make her a star. And somewhere during their sham marriage, Lucious started sleeping with her? Lucious new name should be Ludicrous (using Mike Tyson’s voice and no offense to rapper Ludacris).
“Sins of the Father” showcases that He’s the “presumed” king, and this is his “empire”. But also highlights the fact that he didn’t do that much more than anyone else to make the business happen. Cookie put up the money (and went to jail for it); Vernon keeps the books; the IPO was Andre’s idea; and Jamal and Hakeem have more than enough talent between the two of them. Lucious imagines that he has the right to make everyone’s business his own because he’s the Lyon family’s father figure, but as tonight’s episode makes clear, he has no right to that privilege. “Sins of the Father” is as much an adrenaline-filled thrill ride—like any Empireepisode—as it is a takedown of the patriarchy, a big middle finger to the powerful men like Lucious who see everyone else’s work as secondary to their own.
Honorable Attention goes to:
Lucious tried to buy Camilla off because that’s what Lucious does. It turns out she is heavy in debt and Lucious assumed she was a scam artist trying to milk Hakeem for money. Now, their relationship may be creepy, but I do think there is a genuine love there. Camilla was clearly devastated and there is no way that’s the last time we’ll see her.
Vernon had so many lines, but he also fell off the wagon. I don’t frequent clubs much these days, but can you just snort cocaine openly like that? No one seemed concerned about his state when he showed up at the house, but then again, Reggie was with him and he was the creepiest dude in the world, couldn’t tell who to trust in that scene?
“Sins of the Father” was written by Eddie Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft and directed by Rob Hardy, visionaries at their finest hour, excellent job men!
When arguing with Lucious at his mansion, Rhonda reveals that she came from nothing and had to work her way through college, contrary the impression that everyone has of her as a spoiled white girl.
Lucious also hired a notary for the sake of the contract signing, who had the job of standing in the corner and looking shocked at everything that happened. She had nearly the exact same role as Chris Hemsworth did in last week’s Empire parody on Saturday Night Live (though, unlike SNL, Empire had the sense not to entertain the joke because it failed to make anyone laugh).
Anticipation is stalking me, this two hour finale is gonna be devastatin’!!
Okay Gladiators was that not the most riveting hour of Network TV?
LADIES AND GENTS WELCOME BACK TO SHONDALAND
Now I was expecting a gritty kickoff to the continuation of season 4 but this was far beyond my comprehension, can you say extreme mindf&!k, but we also just witnessed phenomenal thespian-ship in conjunction with a compelling story. ( A message to “State of Affairs” THIS IS HOW IT’S DONE! I was so bored with that show, it didn’t deserve a recap….sorry) now back to our regularly scheduled program…
I was captivated the whole hour (more so 45 mins) and I was glued to my treadmill so Olivia’s “RUN” was a fitting title for me, but the suspense had me motivated to push through the obstacles as if i was living vicariously through her desperation to get home. I was also intrigued by the directors vision of giving a panoramic view of each antagonizing moment.
Olivia ended the first half of the season by making one of the healthiest, most rational decisions she’s made in a long time. She decided that she was going to try to figure out how to take care of herself. Unfortunately for her, being kidnapped forced her to do her self-reflection and soul-searching in a much more brutal way than she intended. And it looks like it may have broken her. From the outside, Olivia always looks like she has everything together. But the truth is, she’s a mess and has been a mess for years. The way that she’s dealt with her own life being in shambles is to focus on fixing everyone else’s problems so she doesn’t have to face her own. She didn’t have that option this time. On the one hand, this is a good thing. I’m not saying getting kidnapped and held for ransom is a good thing. That totally sucks. But the fact that Olivia has to figure out how to fight for herself again is a good thing. For the last several years, Olivia has relied on the fact that Fitz loves her and will do anything for her. So even when things are bad for her, in the back of her mind, she’s always believed that Fitz would come for her. She’s not wrong. Then Jake got added to the mix and he’s been protecting her too. So even when Olivia went out on a limb, she’s always had a rather solid safety net. Not so much in this situation. She is not completely on her own because I imagine that Jake, Fitz, Huck and the rest are working furiously to find out where she is. But in the meantime, Olivia’s got to reach down deep to find the fighter and survivor she used to be. One thing that’s abundantly clear even at this early stage is that this ordeal is going to change Olivia. Whether that change is for the better remains to be seen
“Who’s your father, Ike Turner?” Now that was a classic line from an unexpected place… (Scene; Ian ask Olivia while looking for tracking device…too soon to be that close)
A bras’ underwire is a girl’s best friend in times of danger
No Millie, Cyrus, Huck, hope that’s not a sign of things to come mid-season
Although he may be riding high off of the critical acclaim of his latest film, “Top Five,” comedian Chris Rock and his wife announced today that they are divorcing after nearly 20 years of marriage, reports People.