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!


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.


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.


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.


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”.


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


Entertainment FLY Performances

The ‘Empire’ Cast, Chris Brown, Patti Labelle, Tank, John Legend, Mary J. Blige Perform for ‘Taraji & Terrence’s White Hot Holidays’ Special [Video]


The Lyons (Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard, Jussie Smollett & Bryshere “Yazz” Gray) brought a superb presentation to the main stage, only this time out of their actual Empire characters, but as themselves, performing with the likes of: John Legend, Chris Brown, Tank, Patti Labelle, Mary J. Blige and more.

Chris grace the stage paying homage to the “Lucious Lyon” character, donned in all brown paired with a white tee under his blazer, and a brown fedora.

Performing the classic “This Christmas” with singer Tank and his current single “Back To Sleep”, you could notice a slight vocal tension in Chris’ voice, which affected the singer’s overall performance, showing that he was clearly under the weather.

Of course, Social Media had a lot to say [in the negative zone] and “Cookie” aka Taraji jumped in to save the day.

Sick or not, Chris stayed committed to his performance and that’s all that counts. He carried out the task as a true performer should.

Congrats to everyone that took part. It was indeed a great show! We hope Patti brought some of her famous pies for everyone backstage! 🙂

Take a look at all the live performances below:




Picture Source:Instagram/@tarajiphenson


Happy Birthday Terrence Howard: 5 of Lucious Lyon’s Greatest Empire Moments!

SFPL would like to send a big happy birthday shout out to Terrence Howard. In honor of his special day and Empire Wednesday we would like highlight the greatest moments of Howard’s character ‘Lucious Lyon.’

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The Cast of “The Best Man” Reunite After 12 Years!

The Best Man, celebrated its 12 year release date this weekend.  And the entire cast- Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Morris Chestnut, Monica Calhoun, Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan, Regina Hall, and EVERYONE in between all got together in L.A. to have a private party to celebrate.

More pics inside!!!

Entertainment Fashion

Fly LIGHTS: Kimora Lee Simmons snaps back…

Fashion Mogul, Kimora Lee Simmons looked good and snatched at The 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grant And Nominee Brunch Sponsored By Piaget.

She looks beautiful.

Kimora’s boo Djimon Hounsou was on deck.

As was Terrence Howard.

-Stay Fly!


Jennifer Hudson/Terrence Howard/ MANDELA

Jennifer Hudson gets another snatch an Oscar as she transforms into Winnie Mandela’s biopic Winnie, directed by Darrell Roodt. The Oscar-winning actress channels the first lady of South Africa, her marriage to  Nelson Mandela (played by Terrence Howard), and her struggle during his stint in prison. I’ll tell you this I’m not the biggest Terrence Howard fan, but after seeing this trailer … I may be converted.

Think Forest Whitaker in The last King of Scotland.


Step into the preview after the jump…




The Soul Train Awards have been resurrected from the dead. They  were rescued and brought to life in Atlanta last night, and it appears as if it was the R&B edition of BET’s Hip Hop Awards.

Hosted by Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, it looks like a great night.


Ginuwne let Sole out of the house to attend the festivities.



Still in the spirit of Halloween, Ray J came in a Steve Harvey Costume.


New Super Group… ummmmmm…..uhhhhhhh The Queen Project (Right?) were in the house. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Tamia. Deborah looks like she just saw “This is it”…

More photo’s and commentary after the jump…