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Yani Speaks on “Empire” A Rose by Any Other Name

Cookie & Lucious
Cookie & Lucious

If you didn’t see last night’s episode of Empire, HUNTY you missed a treat! Last night, shit definitely went down! The show opened with Hakeem (Bryshere Gray) being introduced as the new CEO of Empire (Oh Lucious finna buss a cap in his ass over this for sure!). After answering a few questions by the press and making them leave, Cookie lets the young Lyon know that he better do as he agreed if his ass wants to stay alive. And then, like the bomb Black mom that every misbehaving child fears, she slapped the bullshit out of that young man LMAO. I swear to God that was the slap heard around the world!

Then it was the drama with Jamal and how his daddy spread the word that he and Skye were “screwing” and he’s into girls now. You know the gay community was going to comeFlip-FLop for his ass and sure enough as he and Becky are heading out of Empire’s headquarters, they are surrounded by a group of very…uh… flamboyant (giggle) gay men all carrying flip-flops, giving a very Weird Al Yankovich’s-like- spoof version of Hakeem’s song “Drip-Drop” singing “Flip, Flip, Flip Flippity Flop”. That was some cold shit there, bruh. LOL! Jamal hit the nail on the head when he found out that Lucious was the one who started and was helping to spread the rumors about his “flip-flop” behavior when he said Lucious did it to tank his  chances of winning song of the year since they both were nominated. Didn’t I tell y’all Lucious is the damn devil! That’s a cold bastard, boy! Jamal is so much like me I swear to God he is. When kids used to pick at me in school, before they knew it I had put pen to paper and chopped their punk asses down to size with some heavy bars. And Jamal dropped some heavy shit with a song he did in response to how his father was trying to sabotage him. I don’t know which part was colder, when he called him a snitching ass bitch or when he let everybody know that Lucious Lyons isn’t even his real name. Woooo!!! You better get ‘em Jamal!

Now let’s back up for one quick sec. Why did Hakeem lil punk-ass go New Empire Logoand change the Empire logo from having it at Lucious’ face, to having it as his??? Lawd, he really want Lucious to put two in him and have him swimming with Bunky out there in those cold waters LOL. He better start sleeping with one eye open because Lucious just strikes me as the type to invite that boy over for a celebratory dinner and as Hakeem thinks everything is all gravy baby, Lucious pops two in his stomach. Maybe that’s just my little twisted imagination LOL. But like I said, Lucious is the devil so I wouldn’t put it past him.

The smartest thing Hakeem did this season thus far was making that sex tape of him and Camilla and sending it to Mimi. Hunty, she started dumping her shares of Empire stock faster than a man dumping his chick after running her hoe-fax. Cookie went to share the good news with Lucious to let him know everything was handled. Next thing you know, Lucious is recording Camilla as she is trying to clean up the evidence where she done offed Mimi! Camilla Had the bitch laying dead in the bubble-bath filled tub. Ooooh Naomi Campbell, yo ass cold busted now. Lucious taunted ol’ girl so damn bad, before you knew it, she was pulling those pills she used to poison Mimi back out of her pocket and popping them in her mouth. While it definitely caught me off guard, it seems like that situation came to a head a little too quickly. Of course I wouldn’t have wanted them to drag it out, but it still seems like it all happened too quickly. I am going to trust that Lee Daniels has something hot up his sleeves before the end of the season because this can’t be it. From the looks of it judging by the previews to next week’s episode, it seems like Lucious is trying to frame Hakeem for the shit. Yikes!

jamal&hakeemAnd finally, the last part touched me on a personal level. Andre and his wife Rhonda lost their baby when she was pushed down the stairs by that bitch Boo-Boo Kitty. As Andre was telling his business associates to buy up the stock that Mimi was dumping with his son’s trust fund that he began setting up when he found out that Rhonda was pregnant, it began to sink in that the baby was gone and he snapped. So Jamal and Hakeem took him into the studio and performed a song that they wrote for him in regards to his loss called “Good People”. Hakeem’s rap was on point with everything he said. Back in 2010, I lost a baby on September 10th. The miscarriage nearly killed me. Who would know that four years and 1 day later I would be blessed with a healthy baby girl born September 11th, 2014? So indeed I was a bit Andre from Empirenostalgic during that scene. The pain in Andre as the tears flowed while his brothers sang and rapped for him, job well done Trai Byers. He plays the role of a man suffering from Bi-Polar disorder very well.

If you missed last night’s episode of Empire, you can stream it from or if you have a hulu account, you can watch from that site as well. And if you don’t have hulu, take advantage of their free trial, the $7.99/month is definitely worth it. Empire comes on Wednesday nights on Fox 29 at 9pm EST.

Tonight is TGIT and you know I will be tuned in to Grey’s Anatomy as well as Scandal and will give my take on both shows tomorrow. If you are on twitter, follow me @urbanlit_goddes and join the TGIT twitter party starting at 8pm EST with Grey’s Anatomy. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog. Until next time loves! Muah!

Yani-Speaks on Fox’s Empire Episode- Death Will Have His Day

EmpireOkay love’s, I am a little late with this post because I was a tad busy handling some book business. And then Verizon wanted to be acting like a total dickwad, so I missed the first 30 minutes of the episode. As you can imagine, I was pissed. But I made sure I caught up on it on Hulu about an hour ago so YAAAAASSSSS!!! Here’s my take…

Boo-Boo Kitty needs her ass whipped, immediately. The way she shoved ol’ girl down those steps like that was just FOUL! I’m not going to  lie to y’all, the close ups they did on her face as she was somersaulting down the steps had me DYING!

I know I’m dead wrong for that but, my imagination is just twisted like that soooo.
Now let’s get to Cookie beating that ass with that broom. Yes, Hakeem seriously needed that ass whipped handing over the Empire to some “Half-Lesbian” (Cookies words, not mine LOL) just to spite his dad. I would have done more than beat his ass with that broom. I would’ve taken my boot off and did damage.  Naomi Campbell looks damn good though! Looks just like she did when she kidnapped Detective Williams’ (played by Malik Yoba) son on New York Undercover. For you youngins, you don’t know anything about that. That show had Thursdays lit long before Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy came on the scene.

I was looking forward to seeing Alicia Keys in another episode. Hopefully, that won’t be the last we see of Skye. (Just don’t turn her into a stalking ass scorned lover. Boo-Boo Kitty already has that down to a science with her crazy ass.) I will say, that dress and cardigan that she had on when she went to “offer her condolences” to Rhonda (eye roll) was major slayage. It’s hard to hate on the “bitch” she is portraying on Empire when she slays like that. WORK! And as Rhonda is boo-hoo hooing her eyes out about the loss of her baby, this chick says “Some things just aren’t meant to be.” I pray before the end of the season, Cookie beats the shit out of her with her trendy broom. HA!

Now let’s get to that suit Hakeem was wearing.Hakeem Lyon What in three hells was that? The nigga had the Classifieds, the Editorials, and Breaking News up and down his ass in that hot fashion mess. Ugh! I was so irked when I saw him, like who dressed you this morning? Bet money some young dumb ass is going to try to rock that to their prom or to a party. Epic Fashion Fail!

Jamal gotta decide what team he wants to play on. Are you  a sausage sucker or a deep sea fisher? Which is it? And while he was right that it’s nobody’s business, once you become a public figure, your business is everybody’s business like it or not and he’s causing some serious confusion. Judging by the previews, it looks like his lover Michael (who was getting his dick sucked by the photographer on the sly- oops) may be back. Don’t fall for it, Mally! You don’t know if your licking another man’s ball juice from ole Mikey’s lips. LMAO!

How many of y’all thought Lucious was going to blow Hakeem’s back stabbing ass away? Did Lucious Frames Hakeem?I said “Oh Lord, he finna have his ass swimming like Bunky.” LMAO. I have a plot twist in mind for the wonderful writers of Empire. How dope and conniving at the same time would it be if Lucious had Hakeem touch the gun he used to kill Bunky so he could later frame him?! Woah, that would be a crazy plot twist. And use that as a means to take back Empire. Now I know some of y’all are probably saying, that’s pretty fucked up. But this is Lucious we’re talking about. That man is the devil. He let his baby-momma go to jail for 17 years while he moved on and created this Empire, only to replace her with the younger and lighter skinned Boo-Boo Kitty. Then he killed her cousin in cold blood and THEN we find out that the baby that Raven Symone’s character Olivia (hah that was her name on the Cosby’s… I wonder…) allegedly had by Jamal was really Lucious’! Wooo! So yeah, that would be a hell of a plot twist. Think about it, Empire Writers. And you can thank me later. Muah!

Empire, starring my man Terrence Howard, the beautiful Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollet, Byshere Y. Gray, Trai Byers, Grace Gealey and Kaitlin Doubleday comes on Wednesdays on Fox 29 at 9pm EST.  It was created by Lee Daniels and the music is produced by Timbaland. It’s a hot show that will have you laughing your ass off one minute and then sitting with your mouth hanging open, not believing what you’re seeing the next minute. Don’t take my word for it. Check it out for yourself! Stream Season one and catch up on season 2 on hulu. See you guys next time. MUAH!