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Empire’s Taraji P. Henson Wins Best Actress Prize At BET Awards: Gets Political During Acceptance Speech Warns About Trump!

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Sunday night, Empire’s own Cookie Lyon AKA actress, Taraji P. Henson took home the prize for Best Actress for the second year in a row at the BET Awards,.

During her acceptance speech, Henson thanked God and BET, with a nod that the award show is  “home”, as it honors the work of performers and more in the African-American community.  Taraji also acknowledged other female actresses expressing: “To all the beautiful women in the industry, I love you all. I look up to you all, you all inspire me to do great things. My sisters, I love you.”

However, Henson also took her moment to speak on the political climate of the upcoming Presidential election with an diss to Donald Trump without stating his name.  Henson said: “I’m really not political, but it’s serious out here.  And for those who think ‘Oh, he’s not going to win,” think again.  So, we really need to pull together and turn this country around.”

Later, in the awards show co-host Tracee Ellis Ross spoke to the audience at home to get out and vote. “As we all know, we have a very important election coming up. And we all need to vote!”

So, are you happy to hear Taraji took home the Best Actress prize? What do you think about her comments made during the BET ceremnines on the current political climate?

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Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

Looking forward to the Prince tribute.

Love her, she rocks as Cookie

Phil
Phil

#imwithher

su0000
su0000

CONGRATS Taraji !!

(and political Trump scares the bejesus outta me)
Trump has Presidential training wheels on, falling down and banging his head, and I do not want a Kindergarten President..

0ooh I liked Taraji ‘s saran wrap dress, very different.

Charday
Charday

I can’t stand when Hollywood types attempt at getting political. Just accept your award and get off the stage in that ugly dress.

jacque
jacque

So Agree with this comment.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

She really knows how to chew scenery and I love watching her. Nobody is more powerful than she is. As for her political statements, all she said was that it is important to vote this year. She didn’t say anything that many others before her have said but she’s right—for anyone out there who thinks Trump won’t win really should rethink because without everyone voting who is eligible, he will be a shoo-in.

Ray
Ray

Without the black, Hispanic, female and gay vote?

SZima
SZima

Whether you agree with what was said, or not, an awards show acceptance speech is not the place to air your political opinions.

Keep your opinions to yourself!

Bart
Bart

Agreed – accept your silly token award and shut up!!

k/kay
k/kay

I wonder if she bought all the Saran Wrap out at Wal-Mart? Scary!

Celia
Celia

Super tacky! Don’t understand the outfit.

Matthew
Matthew

There’s never a wrong moment to encourage Americans to make sure that Love Trumps Hate! #StrongerTogether!

Boes
Boes

I’m glad she spoke up.

Liam
Liam

Screw the BET awards and any other awards shows. They’re not so much about honoring their peers as they are platforms for self-marketing and driving social and political agendas.

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

Way to go Taraji! Thank you!!

Mo
Mo

She forgot her skirt.

I don’t like political statements during award shows.

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Jussie Smollett Will Not Return To ‘Empire’ Relates Lee Daniels; 911 Call Released Of His Alleged Attack

The co-creator of Fox’s sudsy Empire, Lee Daniels, confirmed yesterday that actor/singer Jussie Smollett will not return to the series for its final season, after the renewal pick-up of the show’s sixth and final season was announced, where it left Smollett’s fate with the series a big ambiguous.

How the final blow of any possibility of Smollett’s return came to light was when Daniels was responding to a Variety report in which multiple production sources said that writing staff was breaking ideas for the final season with the expectation that Smollett would appear in the back half of the 18 planned episodes. However, Daniels strongly expressed upon that item that: “Jussie will NOT be returning to Empire.”

Smollett was written out of the final episodes of the show’s fifth season in the aftermath and backlash stemming from that he faked a hate crime against himself earlier this year in Chicago.

In addition on Wednesday, the city of Chicago (TMZ had already beat them to it) released 911 calls where a friend of Smollett’s called for help following his alleged attack.  A man (later identified as Smollett’s manager, Frank Gatson) said he “works with an artist” told the  operator that the victim did not want to file a report with authorities, but he was going to ‘make’ him.”

The caller added that the victim said the attackers put a noose around his neck expressing: “What’s really weird ma’m, just ‘cus I’m scared and I don’t know what it is, they put a noose around his neck.  They didn’t do anything with it, but put it around his neck. That’s pretty f—d up to me — sorry for saying it like that.”

A second 911 call was apparently made 15 minutes later after the police had not yet responded to the first call, where the caller said about Smollett, “He was jumped on the street and we’re just trying to report it.”

So, what do you think of the news that Smollett is definitely out of the final season of Empire? What do you think of the 911 call? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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‘Empire’ Will End Its Run After Upcoming Sixth Season

Fox has announced during Monday’s pre-upfront call with the media that Empire’s upcoming sixth season (they just got renewed for that season just the other week) will ultimately be its last.

Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier expressed: “We are turning the final season into a large TV event — we are trying to go out guns a-blazing. You allow fans to lean in and have the ending they deserve.”

The final season will consist of 20 episodes.

As to whether Jussie Smollett would coming back for the show’s last hurrah, Collier only would say, “At this point, we have no plans for that.”   He also noted the writer’s room has not even been put in place for the new season.

Previously, Fox Entertainment along with 20th Century Fox Television extended Smollett’s option for the upcoming sixth season, but at that time also stated there were no plan for him to re-appear on-screen as Jamal.

Smollett claimed that he was the victim of an assault based hate crime, but later was accused of hiring two men to attack him and was indicted for filing false police reports/statements.  Fast-forward, the criminal charges were dropped in March, and Smollett has maintained his innocence.

As a result of all the bad publicity cast on Smollett and more, the series decided to cut Smollett out of the final two episodes of the 5th season.

So, sad to hear Empire will end after its next season, or do you think its time for the hip hop drama to go? Comment below.

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EMPIRE Renewed For Sixth Season; Jussie Smollett Future With Show Uncertain, But ‘No Plans” For Jamal To Return

Some major questions concerning the future of Fox’s sudsy, Empire have been answered, while the future of one of its main stars Jussie Smollett (Jamal) remains in question.

While the series got its season six pick-up, but there was another interesting development which was offered up in a statement by Fox Entertainment and 20th Century Fox that read: “By mutual agreement, the studio has negotiated an extension to Jussie Smollett’s option for Season 6, but at this time there are no plans for the character of Jamal to return to Empire.”

According to reps for Smollett, they have been told: “Jussie will not be on Empire in the beginning of the season but he appreciates they have extended his contract to keep Jamal’s future open.  Most importantly he is grateful to Fox and Empire leadership, cast, crew and fans for their unwavering support.”

In Empire‘s official renewal statement from Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn today it said. “Empire continues to break barriers with its emotionally powerful storytelling, and it remains a core part of the Fox legacy. “We want to thank everyone on the show – Taraji, Terrence and the entire cast, as well as Lee, Danny, Brett, Sanaa, Brian, Francie, Dennis and their teams – all of whom have done a tremendous job this season.  We know there are so many more stories to tell, and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for Season 6.”

When Jamal was last seen on Empire, he had tied-the-know.  Whether his departure will be for a number of episodes or permanent looks up in the air.

Smollett made national news when he told the police that two men jumped him around 2 a.m. on January. 29yh  on a Chicago street, yelling racist and homophobic slurs, and put a rope around his next and threw a substance in his face. After an investigation, Smollett was charged with filing a fake police report with the Chicago PD and later had all charges dropped against him, even though the evidence indicated he was guilty of setting the whole thing up.

So, what do you think of Empire getting renewed for a sixth season?  What should they do in regards to the character of Jamal and if Jussie Smollett should ever return?

 

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