*Taraji P. Henson will reunite with her “Hustle & Flow” co-star Terrence Howard for yet another hip-hop themed project…this time for television.
The “Person Of Interest” alum has been cast as the female lead in Fox’s “Empire,” a drama pilot from Lee Daniels, Danny Strong and Imagine’s Brian Grazer. Also cast in the project, written by Strong and to be directed by Daniels, is Jussie Smollet, the 30-year-old older brother of actress Jurnee Smollett.
As previously reported, “Empire” centers on Lucious Lyon (Howard), a charismatic, savvy music superstar who is about to take his company, Empire Entertainment, public. Raised on the streets, he has never backed away from a fight and will resort to any measures, fair or foul, to defend his beloved Empire.
Actor Terrence Howard attends the EXPERIENCE: East Meets West event hosted by the Beverly Hills chamber of commerce at Crustacean on February 5, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California
*Terrence Howard is headed to television to topline “Empire,” Fox’s hip hop-themed drama pilot from director Lee Daniels, writer Danny Strong and Imagine TV’s Brian Grazer.
Howard will play Lucious Lyon, a charismatic, savvy music superstar who is about to take his company, Empire Entertainment, public. Raised on the streets, he has never backed away from a fight and will resort to any measures, fair or foul, to defend his beloved Empire.
The project extends Howard’s relationship with Fox, where he co-stars on the upcoming event series “Wayward Pines.”
*Hip hop has always had its share of pure unadulterated drama and now Fox is set to bring it to TV.
To do that, the network has given the green light … a pilot order … to “Empire” from director Lee Daniels and writer Danny Strong. The collaboration also includes Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer.
*50 Cent is diving in deep with his partnership with Africa.
The rapper (slash … etc) is recruiting young entrepreneurs in Africa to be a part of his “Street King” energy drink empire.
He’s searching for new distributors of his energy drink to strengthen his reach and to raise money for starving populations across the continent.
“Giving back to hungry children with every shot we sell is only part of the story. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel across Africa, and one thing I’ve learned is that it is filled with vibrant, young entrepreneurs who are eager to cultivate a sustainable business sector that will fuel growth for their future. That’s why I’m giving African entrepreneurs the chance to bring SK to their country,” 50 said in a statement.
He recently took a tour of Kenya, which was documented by film crews. Unashamed of his ancestral background, the rapper says he is about the growth of Africa and that’s why he’s invested in the continent rather than in Europe or South America.
“Everyone thought that we would expand immediately to Europe or South America. But if you know SK, you know the vision has always been to support my roots in Africa,” he said.
Learn more at www.africa.skenergyshots.com.
*Rap mogul Jay-Z is introducing a new Facebook game that allows users to follow his own life journey – “from hustler, to entrepreneur, to business mogul.”
Empire lets you create a character and give it a dope-inspired street name…
…then gives you a number of ways to earn points and move up life’s ladder, according to Mashable.com. You can also visit your mom or significant other for moral support…
…engage in a rap battle or make a mix tape for street cred
…and get a job to pay for your bling, among other activities.
Earned points help you move out of the projects and into the “hotspots of the rich and famous” in Manhattan.
“Make the right choices and the World belongs to you. LIVE THE DREAM,” reads a prompt early in the game.
Empire also features several ways to invite Facebook friends to play or share activity on your Timeline.