FOX NETWORK BRINGS BACK COOKIE LYON (EMPIRE S4)

Empire_2_lgThe Lyons are coming back for a fourth season of drama and Cookie-isms.

download (21)Empire” has been renewed for Season 4, it was announced Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour by Fox Television Group Chairman and CEO Gary Newman. Alongside Newman, Fox exec David Madden said Season 4 will consist of 18 episodes.

The fourth season will return in the 2017-2018 television season. Currently on hiatus, “Empire” returns with the back-half of its third season this spring on Mar. 22.

 

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The renewal is hardly a surprise, as “Empire” is one of the biggest hits to come to network television in the past decade. In its third season, the primetime family soap ranks as the top broadcast drama among adults 18-49 — a title it has held through its entire run. Though its ratings dipped this year, “Empire” still finished out the first half of its third season with nearly 8 million overnight viewers for the midseason finale. For the 2016-2017 season, the show has averaged almost 16 million total viewers, becoming the show to nab Fox’s largest total multi-platform audience.

images (61)“Empire” has received numerous Emmy, Grammy and Golden Globe nominations through its three seasons, including a Golden Globe win for star Taraji P. Henson, who has received back-to-back Emmy nods.

Along with Henson — who plays the breakout character Cookie — “Empire” stars Terrence Howard, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere “Yazz” Gray, Trai Byers, Grace Byers, Gabourey Sidibe, Ta’Rhonda Jones, Serayah, Bre-Z, Xzibit and Morocco Omari. The series is known for bringing on notable guest stars, including Mariah Carey, Taye Diggs, Phylicia Rashad, Chris Rock, Alicia Keys, Marisa Tomei, Naomi Campbell, Ludacris, Adam Rodriguez, Rosie O’ Donnell and Andre Royo.

Taraji-P-Henson-Terrence-Howard-Fight-Instagram-Video“Empire” was co-created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. Ilene Chaiken serves as showrunner. Executive producers are Daniels, Strong, Chaiken, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Sanaa Hamri. Imagine Television produces with 20th Century Fox Television.

Also worth mentioning is the fact that “Empire” had its fair share of celebrity appearances like Mariah Carey appearing as a guest star and stars like Taye Diggs and Phylicia Rashad had recurring appearances on the series. It has also been speculated that Rumer Willis will show up in multiple episodes of “Empire” season 4.

Watch “Empire” in Australia on Fox8 channel. The show can also be streamed online on Channel Ten.

 

“Empire” has over time proved to a critical hit with multiple Emmy Awards to its name. It is also Fox’s largest total multiplatform traffic magnet with an average of 16 million total viewers for the 2016-17 broadcast session, according to a Deadline report.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Empire” season 4 will consist of 18 episodes, much like the previous two seasons. The show is currently under a three-month pause, as music drama “Star” has taken over the time slot, which prevents “Empire” from returning until March 2017.

The THR further reports that NBC’s debut family drama, “This Is Us” could prove to be a competition for the show. “Empire’s” ratings fell to a 2.5 low during the early phase of the last season before making a rebound in the final episodes.

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Eve THE RAPPER STORY

Eve the RAPPER

Eve the RAPPER

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#8 TOP FEMALE RAPPER

ACTIVE: 1998 TO PRESENT

Eve Jihan Jeffers-Cooper (born November 10, 1978)  is an American hip hop recording artist and actress from Philadelphia,Pennsylvania.

She is also the inaugural winner of the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2002, for the song “Let Me Blow Ya Mind”, with American singer Gwen Stefani.

Eve was number 48 on VH1’s “50 Greatest Women of the Video Era” list. Eve has sold over 8.5 Million albums in the United States alone and 15 million albums worldwide making her one of the best selling rappers of all time.

As an actress, Eve is known for her roles as Terri Jones in the films Barbershop and Barbershop 2: Back in Business, and as Shelley Williams on the UPN television sitcom Eve. She has also achieved success in fashion, with her clothing line, Fetish.

Eve was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Julie Wilch-Jeffers, a publishing company supervisor, and Jerry Jeffers, a chemical plant supervisor.

She adopted the name Gangsta in high school as part of an all-female group called EDGP (pronounced “Egypt”). The rapper Eve is multiracial as well. She is of African American,Egyptian & Native American descent.

During her early years in Philadelphia, she was educated at Martin Luther King High School. Eve’s first musical interest was singing. She sang in many choirs and even formed an all-female singing group (Dope Girl Posse or D.G.P.) with a manager. This group covered songs from En Vogue and color Me Badd. The group’s manager suggested that the group should rap after seeing ABC, and Eve stuck with it. She then went on to form a rapping group. After the group split, Eve began working on a solo career under the name “Eve of Destruction.”

Eve has lived in Los Angeles, California, New York City, and most recently has resided in London.

In 1999, she was featured on prince’s album Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic, and she was to co-star on the eventually cancelled Hot Wit’ U single from that same album.

Eve is featured (along with Erykah Badu) on the song “You Got Me” by The Roots, from their 1999 album Things Fall Apart. The song won a Grammy Award in 2000, which should have been Eve’s first.

She stated on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in 2009 that she did not receive a Grammy for the track. Quest love, from The Roots, had brought his Grammy to the show that night and showed she’s not even credited on the award plaque.

She also provided background vocals on the song “Ain’t Sayin’ Nothin’ New” from the same album. In the album’s liner notes, she is referred to as Eve of Destruction. Eve would win her own in 2002.

In 2012, Eve, Mike Lynn and Dr. Dre, Ruff Ryders Entertainment,Interscope Records, and Truth Hurts were accused of stealing songs from Gregory Hutchinson p/k/a Cold 187um of Above The Law. The plaintiffs claim the 1999 song “Love is Blind” was stripped of some of its original components and presented as their own work.

Relationships

Eve divides her time between London, Los Angeles and New York. She began dating British entrepreneur Maximillion Cooperin 2010. They became engaged on December 25, 2013. On June 14, 2014, Eve and Maximillion Cooper wed in Ibiza, Spain.

Feud with Foxy Brown

In 1999, a dispute between Eve and New York City-based rapper foxy Brown, began to build up in the midst of Brown’s alleged affair with Eve’s former mentor DMX.

Additional tensions surfaced when Eve “subliminally dissed” Foxy Brown and Lil’ Kim on her records “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” (2001) and “Double R What” (2002), where she criticized the two for having ghostwriters and further solidified that she “writes [her] own songs”.

In December 2002, Foxy Brown responded to the disses via her unreleased record “Get Off Me”, in which she compared Eve to a yorkie terrier, dubbed her a “jealous bum bitch” and criticized her Alicia Keys-assisted single “Gangsta Lovin'”.

That same year, Brown reportedly disapproved of Eve and former friend Charli Baltimore’s “Philly’s Finest”, a remake of Jay-Zand Notorious B.I.G.’s “Brooklyn’s Finest”, in which she felt the two Philly-bred female rappers were “disrespectful”.

Brown also stated that when she and Lil’ Kim debuted on the music scene, “everybody all of a sudden wanted a female in their crew”, adding that Eve wasn’t doing that for DMX and Ruff Ryders, simply because it was “just not believable.”

In December 2002, during her interview with Miss Jones, Eve responded to Brown’s diss record(“Get Off Me”), stating that she was glad she could be “an inspiration” for Brown’s ghostwriter.

Eve also revealed that she had known Brown since 1997 and dubbed her a “wankster” and a “miserable jealous bitch”. Eve lastly added, “Ain’t my fault [Foxy] been out since ’96 & her bank account look the same. Do you ma. You look weak. Do you.”

In April 2003, during her interview with Wendy Williams, Foxy Brown revealed that she hated Eve and cited her as the prime reason why she broke up with Kurupt because Eve “snitched” about the alleged affair between her and DMX.

Brown later made derogatory comments about Eve throughout the interview, calling the rapper a “poorly dressed nappy headed blond chick”.

Brown also added that she was “sick and tired” of Eve subliminally dissing her and Lil’ Kim on records because she and Kim “changed the game of hip-hop for female rappers.”

In September 2003, Eve dissed Brown on a record titled “We’re Back” from former mentor DMX’s album, Grand Champ.

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Eve the RAPPER

Eve the RAPPER