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'Empire' Cast Wins Big at the NAACP Image Awards 2016

Terrence Howard looks triumphant while accepting an award at the 2016 NAACP Image Awards held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Friday night (February 5) in Pasadena, Calif.

The 46-year-old actor was joined at the award ceremony by his Empire co-stars Taraji P. Henson, Bryshere Y. Gray, Jussie Smollett, Gabourey Sidibe, Trai Byers and Grace Gealey.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Taraji P. Henson

The entire cast won big during the show, taking home the award for Outstanding Drama Series. Terrence also took home the award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series while Taraji took home Outstanding Actress.

The show also took home awards for their original music and Jussie even took to the stage to perform!

FYI: Taraji is wearing a Balmain dress, Stewart Weitzman shoes and Kimberly McDonald jewels. Grace is wearing a Ziad Nakad dress, EF Collection earrings, Nigaam Jewels and Graziela Gems rings and Jimmy Choo shoes and clutch.

35+ pictures inside of the Empire cast at the NAACP Image Awards
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Taraji P. Henson Reveals Why She Handed Out Cookies at Golden Globes 2016!

Taraji P. Henson happily holds onto her award while attending the InStyle & Warner Bros. After Party following the 2016 Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday (January 10) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The 45-year-old Empire star, who took home Best Actress in the TV Series Drama category, was accompanied by her co-stars Jussie Smollett, Trai Byers, Grace Gealey, Serayah, and Bryshere Y. Gray, who didn’t make it to the parties but did suit up for the ceremony.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Taraji P. Henson

Taraji passed out cookies while she made her way to the stage to give her acceptance speech but it was totally “spontaneous.”

“There were cookies on the table!,” Taraji expressed (via PopSugar). “I just did not expect them to call my name. I never did. I just never put that much on it . . . you just never know how it’s going to come out. You don’t. When they called my name . . . I was like, ‘Well, cookies are here. I guess I should hand them out!’ [Laughs] I don’t know, it was just a spontaneous moment.”

Also pictured: Empire guest star Kelly Rowland attending the Fox & FX’s Golden Globes 2016 After Party.


Taraji P. Henson – Golden Globes 2016

FYI: Taraji is wearing a Stella McCartney dress, shoes and clutch paired with Kimberly McDonald jewels. Grace is wearing a Cristallini dress by Alina Cirstea, Jimmy Choo shoes and clutch, Effy earrings, Graziela and EF Collection rings. Serayah is wearing a Safiyaa dress, Giuseppe Zannotti shoes, Swarovski clutch and jewelry by John Hardy. Jussie is wearing Calvin Klein Collection.

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Empire's Lee Daniels Defends Terrence Howard, Announces Spinoff

Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard, Trai Byers, Jussie Smollett, and Bryshere “Yazz” Gray take the cover of THR‘s latest issue!

Here’s what the cast had to share with the mag:

Taraji, on Cookie’s appeal: “So after however many years I’ve been in this business, I finally have Hollywood’s attention.”

Lee Daniels, on the possibility of an Empire spinoff: “It’s coming…without question.”

Lee, on Terrence Howard and his troubles with the law: “That poor boy [Terrence] ain’t done nothing different than Marlon Brando or Sean Penn, and all of a sudden he’s some f”in’ demon. That’s a sign of the time, of race, of where we are right now in America.”

For more from the cast of Empire, visit THR.com. Bigger cover inside…More Here! »

Taraji P. Henson & Terrence Howard Celebrate Season 2 Of 'Empire' At Carnegie Hall

Taraji P. Henson shows off some leg as she arrives at the Empire Season 2 Premiere Event held at Carnegie Hall on Saturday night (September 12) in New York City.

The 45-year-old actress stepped out to celebrate the new season of her hit Fox show along with co-stars Terrence Howard, his wife Miranda, Gabourey Sidibe, Jussie Smollett, Trai Byers, showrunner Lee Daniels, Grace Gealey, Serayah, Bryshere “Yazz” Gray and Becky G.

Other attendees included Timbaland, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Kaitlin Doubleday, Naomi Campbell, Mary J. Blige, Normani Hamilton, James Maslow, and Gotham‘s David Mazouz and Camren Bicondova.

FYI: Kaitlin is wearing Parade earrings and rings.

30+ pictures inside of the cast of Empire kicking off their second season…More Here! »

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'Empire' Season 2 Trailer - Lucious Goes to Jail

The official trailer for Empire season two was just released and you can watch it here!

In the clip, we see that Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) is behind bars and the trailer starts with him getting a visit from his ex-wife Cookie (Taraji P. Henson).

We are also given our first look at Marisa Tomei in her guest-starring role as a venture capitalist named Mimi Whiteman.

Make sure to catch the season premiere of Empire on Wednesday, September 23 at 9/8c, only on Fox.


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'Empire' Co-Stars Grace Gealey & Trai Byers Are Engaged! (Report)

Empire co-stars Grace Gealey and Trai Byers are reportedly engaged!

The 32-year-old actor popped the question on her 31st birthday, which was on Sunday (July 26).

“He surprised her on her birthday,” a source told Us Weekly. “He popped the question and she was totally surprised and elated. She can’t stop looking at the ring! They celebrated all night.”

“Had so much fun celebrating @gracegealey’s life!! Happy Birthday to an exquisite human being! Thank you @kinmontchicago for hosting us. Amazing spot, wonderful food, UNFORGETTABLE night,” Trai wrote on his Instagram about her special day – making no mention of the engagement. See the pic he posted below!

Congrats to the happy couple – if the news is true!