Finally a pure brilliant must-see TV series this season that includes an honest LGBT depiction. Empire is about a music empire hip-hop family drama created by Lee Daniels & Danny Strong that stars Terrence Howard & Taraji P. Henson. The show is actually partially based on William Shakespeare's King Lear & James Goldman's The Lion in Winter. Terrence Howard plays Lucious Lyon a former drug dealer turned hip-hop mogul & the CEO of Empire Entertainment whose life begins to unravel when his past sins comeback to haunt him after being diagnosed with ALS. Taraji P. Henson is Cookie Lyon, Lucious' outspoken ex-wife & mother of his three sons who was just released from jail after serving 17 years in prison for drug dealing. She returns on the scene to get her share of the company which she built with Lucious & then took the fall for running the drugs that financed Lucious' early career. But the amazing portrayal is by Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon the middle son & a talented gay singer-songwriter who lives with his lover played by Rafael de la Fuente as Michael Sanchez. His father can’t stand his middle son because he’s gay & the homophobia is handled honestly & brilliantly by Lee Daniels. This is definitely appointment viewing. Empire airs on Wednesday at 9P on Fox & you it on Fox On-Demand.
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