Deadline Issues Sorry-Not-Sorry for Lamenting People of Color on TV

On Sunday, Deadline Hollywood—the site where last week an editor wondered aloud if there are too many actors of color working—issued a non-apology apology for their article "The Year of Ethnic Castings–About Time or Too Much of Good Thing?" » 3/30/15 3:25pm Yesterday 3:25pm

Taraji P. Henson Is Hosting SNL in April, Praise Hands Emoji

Taraji P. Henson will host the April 11 edition of Saturday Night Live. The musical guest will be Mumford & Sons, but who cares. There will definitely be a Cookie skit, and here's what else I'm hoping for: a Baby Boy reference, furs on furs on furs, a special "Drip Drop" performance and a Jussie Smollett surprise… » 3/26/15 5:30pm Thursday 5:30pm

Diversity on TV Is Scary, Reports White Woman

On Tuesday, Deadline Hollywood's Nellie Andreeva dissected the swell of actors of color in television's casting rooms and leading roles, writing that minorities might be snatching too many jobs. I mean, what are the white actors supposed to do in this kind of climate? » 3/25/15 1:50pm Wednesday 1:50pm

Cookie Lyon's Closet is For Sale! Here Are My Irrefutible Empire Picks

Following the Empire's exhausting finale this week—Yes Boo Boo Kitty slept with ____ and yes, ____ caught them—you can now buy a piece of Cookie Lyon's cat-print-filled wardrobe for yourself. You too can "taste these cookies," if you will. I ranked the items for your viewing and, perhaps, buying pleasure, if… » 3/20/15 3:40pm 3/20/15 3:40pm

Every Single Fur Coat Cookie Has Worn on Empire So Far

On Loving and Hating Terrence Howard as Empire's Lucious

In the pilot for Empire, Lucious Lyon was pure evil, more of a straight-up villain than an anti-hero. This meant he had a long way to go to be likable. Lucious had the greatest potential character arc and the most tragic flaws to overcome, including homophobia. The writers have so far succeeded in making him one of… » 2/19/15 3:15pm 2/19/15 3:15pm

Empire Takes on Music Industry Ageism, Cookie Shows Her Ass

The peak moments of last night's Empire were undoubtedly Cookie's gif-able ass flash and the surprise cameo in the final scene. But this episode also tackled a very real phenomenon: the dilemma of the aging artist. Enter Courtney Love. » 2/12/15 12:33pm 2/12/15 12:33pm

Enter Cookie: An Empire Supercut

Knowing how to make an entrance is a crucial part of being a pop cultural icon. When Fox's nighttime soap Empire debuted three weeks ago, Taraji P. Henson's character Cookie stole the show the instant she sashayed out of jail and started wreaking havoc in whatever room she entered. She's been stealing it ever since.… » 1/29/15 11:06pm 1/29/15 11:06pm

Empire's Stylist Explains Cookie's Bossed-Up Fashion Game

Cookie Lyon's bossed-up wardrobe is one of the reasons she's the real star of Empire. She's never seen on screen without some over-the-top fur or leopard garb. The show's costume designer Rita McGhee is the woman who keeps Taraji P. Henson's character and the rest of the cast properly flossed. » 1/28/15 5:50pm 1/28/15 5:50pm

There's a New Hot Trend in Hollywood—People of Color! 

Someone find Lee Daniels, Kenya Barris, Shonda Rhimes and Jennie Snyder Urman and hug them: their television successes with Empire, Black-ish, How to Get Away with Murder and Jane the Virgin are opening doors for other diverse shows. Give thanks! » 1/20/15 6:45pm 1/20/15 6:45pm

Taraji P. Henson's Evil, Lovable 'Cookie' Makes Empire Worth a Watch

After previewing the sloppy yet moderately intriguing pilot for Empire, a drama about a dysfunctional music-business family, there's one reason I'm giving it a shot. Cookie. Although Terrence Howard is billed as the star (he plays the rotten record label magnate Lucious Lyon), Taraji P. Henson is a bigger draw as the… » 1/07/15 6:00pm 1/07/15 6:00pm

It's Raining People of Color on TV Thanks to Shonda Rhimes, Scandal

People of color are taking over … the fall television schedule. From Taraji P. Henson and Viola Davis to Octavia Spencer and Tracee Ellis Ross, it’s a long overdue change on network TV. » 8/28/14 11:40am 8/28/14 11:40am

The Horrible Life Lessons I Learned From Think Like A Man Too

On Sunday evening, I went to see Think Like A Man Too. I was alone and a little tipsy. My mission: To absorb all of the bad relationship advice in the film and share it with you, dear readers. » 6/23/14 5:00pm 6/23/14 5:00pm

Black Actors Are Ruling TV Pilot Season

Black actors are in demand — well, they’re starring in a string of television pilots — and I will praise the Lord for all of it. » 3/07/14 11:20am 3/07/14 11:20am

Emma Robert Pulls Off The Canadian Tuxedo

How do stars know which events are compulsory? Like, how do they hear about an "Evening of Cocktails and Shopping to Benefit the Children's Defense Fund" and know everyone will be there, looking fabulous? Maybe there's some secret cabal of mind-melding managers... » 4/21/11 10:30am 4/21/11 10:30am

Rosario Dawson makes simple neutrals stunning. …

Halle Berry Rocks The Red Carpet

The 2011 Jenesse Silver Rose Auction and Gala at the Beverly Hills Hotel honored Halle Berry, so obviously she was the star of the show — with a great supporting cast.
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Halle Berry is — yes — pretty in pink. Very pretty! Olivier Martinez isn't half-setpping, either. And yes, this is their "red-carpet debut." …

Talking About Animals With Tim Gunn

The semi-annual trade show known as New York fashion week started yesterday, and after doing the rounds of shows, I managed get into a party at the Stella McCartney store. It was sponsored by PETA, and Tim Gunn, Olivia Munn, and Taraji P. Henson were the guests of honor. I walked in, collected a glass of red, ate a… » 2/11/11 4:00pm 2/11/11 4:00pm

Seeing Red: Fashion Week Begins

The Heart Truth fashion show — at which celebs don red dresses for women's heart health — is always fun to watch, sort of like a mega-wedding where every bridesmaid gets to choose her own dress. And this was the best one yet. » 2/10/11 10:40am 2/10/11 10:40am

Natasha Bedignfield also went dramatically Old Hollywood. also went "sultry." But…

Baptiste Giabiconi Isn't Sure Why Karl Lagerfeld Loves Him