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Last Night in NYC: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Usher and More Attend Special NYC Screening of Fences

Last Night at the Rose Theater, at the famed Jazz at Lincoln Center located in NYC, Denzel Washington, Viola Davis and the cast of Fences movie hit the red carpet for a special screening. The special night also proudly supported the Boys & Girls Clubs of America whom Denzel has been a proud spokesperson for many years.

Pauletta Washington, Denzel Washington.
Pauletta Washington, Denzel Washington.

Fences other cast members that graced red carpet alongside Denzel and Viola were Mykelti Williamson, Saniyya Sidney, Jovan Adepo, Stephen Mckinley and Russell Hornsby.

Of course the people behind the amazing the film were in attendance as well, executive producers Dale Wells, Charles D.King, Aaron L.Gilbert and Molly Allen,co-executive producer Brad Feinstein,production designer David Gropman and producer Todd Black.

Other notable guests in attendance were R&B superstar Usher, actress Denise Vasi, U.S.gymnastics Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas, Civil Rights activist Rev.Al Sharpton, actress/singer/dancer Adrienne Warren, actress Zainab Jah, actress Bebe Neurith,actress Afton Williamson & many more.

After the screening it was time to celebrate, the cast and guests hit Tavern on The Green for the official screening after party. The iconic actress Phylicia Rashad came out to celebrate with the cast and crew of Fences last night and yes she looked amazing.

-Pictured: Phylicia Rashad.-
-Pictured: Phylicia Rashad.-

The night looked truly amazing as all of that black star power converged on NYC last night to celebrate a powerful film.

Fences is in theaters now in select cities NY and LA and opens Nationwide on Christmas Day. For more photos from the night hit the gallery below and after that hit the next page to see three clips from the film.

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One Big Happy Dysfunctional Family: ‘Empire’ Season 3, Episode 7 Recap & Memes

The drama continues on the latest episode of our favor over dramatic series Empire!

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On tonight’s episode, Cookie (Taraji P.Henson) and Angelo Dubois (Taye Diggs) finally decide to give their relationship another shot. Cookie even finally gives Angelo the Cookies to consummate the relationship properly. There’s a catch though, Cookie has to meet Angelo’s mom Diana Dubois played by the iconic Phylicia Rashad at a fundraising dinner for him.

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The meeting is set up but unfortunately she stands up Angelo and his mom after viewing Jamal’s “video museum” using old clips of Cookie from her childhood.The stroll down memory lane causes Cookie to lose it after it brings up old feelings of disappointment and regret. We learn through a series of flashbacks throughout the episode that Cookie’s dad kicked her out at a young age because of her being involved with Lucious. He eventually dies three days later and her sisters blamed her for the unwanted stress on his heart because Cookie who happens to be his favorite let him down.

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To make up for the missed meeting Cookie pitches the idea to take Angelo and his mom out to dinner. Angelo agrees to the idea and insists that Cookie brings her sons along cause shes big on family. That plan also falls flat after all of the restaurants become suddenly booked. Cookie decides to have dinner at her house, she pulls out all the stops to impress Angelo’s mom. She has her sister Candace (Vivica A.Fox) giving her some dinner etiquette lessons and even refurnished her apartment for the dinner.

EMPIRE: Guest star Phylicia Rashad in the "What We May Be" episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Nov. 16 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Chuck Hodes/FOX
EMPIRE: Guest star Phylicia Rashad in the “What We May Be” episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Nov. 16 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Chuck Hodes/FOX

Of course this is Empire and things never go smoothly. Jamal is still battling PTSD is now using drugs given to him by his producer/lover D-Major and shows up extremely high and quite entertaining. Hakeem shows up with baby Bella and is at wit’s end because she won’t stop crying. Andre doesn’t even to bother to show and instead opts to impress his new boo Nessa by attending a memorial gathering for her big brother and bringing Freda Getz. To make matters even worse for Cookie, Lucious decides to crash the dinner with Anika.

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On top of that, Diana is deathly allergic to the meal that was prepared. Totally embarrassed by her dysfunctional family Cookie decides to speak her mind. She points out the fact that her family is indeed messed up but she loves them as is. Her speech is followed by Jamal singing his new touching song “Mama” which pays tribute to Cookie and her struggle. The speech and song clearly impresses Diana who reveals that her family wasn’t any better. She also noticed the fur coats Cookie hid from her as well but nonetheless she was impressed by Cookie’s “fire”.

She did leave Cookie with one warning telling her “You just make sure that fire doesn’t burn my child”.

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With everything square between his mom and Cookie, Angelo tells Cookie he’s coming back to “tuck her in” after he drops his mom home.

EMPIRE: Pictured L-R: Taraji P. Henson and guest star Taye Diggs in the "What We May Be" episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Nov. 16 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Chuck Hodes/FOX
EMPIRE: Pictured L-R: Taraji P. Henson and guest star Taye Diggs in the “What We May Be” episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Nov. 16 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Chuck Hodes/FOX

Lucious leaves with a very disappointed look on his face, back at the Lyon estate he stops and stares at Boo Boo Kitty who is getting ready for bed. Is he possibly getting feelings back for his old flame now? Hmmm we can’t wait to see what tricks is up Lucious sleeve in the next weeks episode.

Oh and of course please treat yourself to the hilarious memes that always follows an episode of Empire in the gallery below:

PHOTO: Chuck Hodes/FOX