Category Archives: Audio

  • Taraji P. Henson Addresses Mo’Nique’s ‘Empire’ Claim in Retweet

    Mar 2, 15 by Cherie Saunders 5 Comments


    *It was revealed last week that Mo’Nique’s “Precious” director Lee Daniels initially offered her the role of Cookie Lyon on “Empire,” but his plans were thwarted by Fox execs who said she was too “difficult” to work with. The role went to Taraji P. Henson, and the rest, boo-boo kitty, is history. But Twitter was left […]

  • Dr. Roma Benjamin, On A Mission To Teach Our Kids

    Mar 1, 15 by LaRita Shelby 1 Comment


    *Dr. Roma Benjamin says enough is enough! Benjamin is a former principal of Rowland School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and she is a youth literacy advocate who was compelled to quit her job to start fresh and teach children the basic skills that they were lacking from the public school system. The New Sound  Literacy and […]

  • ‘Focus’ Expected to Smack ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Out of Top Spot

    Feb 27, 15 by Cherie Saunders Leave a comment


    *Will Smith’s con-movie “Focus” opened in the U.S. Thursday pulling $900,000, but estimates have it on track to earn in the $22 million range by Monday, easily sending “Fifty Shades of Grey” from the top spot back to its playroom. With largely positive reviews, the romantic caper is the first output from Will Smith since the “After […]

  • Lee Daniels Describes How Taraji P. Henson Landed Cookie Role

    Feb 26, 15 by Cherie Saunders 3 Comments


    *“The way the ‘Empire’ cast came together was complete serendipity,” admits Lee Daniels, creator and executive producer of the hit series that is setting weekly ratings records and defying gravity at Fox. Envious of the performance-driven series “Glee,” Daniels had been thinking of way to make his own musical series on TV when his creative […]

  • Taraji P. Henson on Cookie’s Outfits: ‘She’s 17 Years Behind the Curve’

    Feb 25, 15 by Cherie Saunders 5 Comments


    *You can’t tell Cookie she ain’t fly. And that term “fly” goes right along with the “Empire” character’s dated ensembles, according to the actress who plays her. “She’s caught in a time warp a bit; she’s kind of 17 years behind the curve in fashion sometimes,” Taraji P. Henson said in interviews this week. “She’s trying […]

  • Queen Latifah’s ‘Bessie’ to Premiere May 16 on HBO (New Pics)

    Feb 24, 15 by Cherie Saunders Leave a comment


    *HBO has finally set a date for its Bessie Smith biopic starring Queen Latifah. The film, which follows America’s “Empress of the Blues” from her beginning in abject poverty to becoming one of the biggest recording artists of the 1920s, will premiere on May 16, the network announced Tuesday. Smith died after a car accident in […]