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‘Empire’ Star Says Her Character Tiana Is NOT Based On Teyana Taylor

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Will the real Tiana and Hakeem please stand up?!

Just days ago, Iman Shumpert claimed that characters from the hit show Empire were carbon copies of him, and his girlfriend, Teyana Taylor.

And while Tiana and Hakeem Lyon may vaguely resemble the NBA player and the singer, HipHollywood can confirm that the Empire characters were inspired by a few famous folks, but definitely not Shumpert and Taylor.

HH caught up with Empire actress Serayah McNeill, who plays Tiana on the FOX drama, and she revealed who her character is actually based on. “I talked to writers and I talked to producers about my character and about exactly what their view was and they mentioned people, but they didn’t mention them,” the talented singer stated. “They mentioned Rihanna, Beyonce … powerful women in the industry,” McNeill continued.

Iman has since backtracked on his statements and no longer believes Tiana and Hakeem Lyon are replicas. But the simple fact that he even considered that notion is hilarious.

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Exclusive: Niecy Nash, Olivia Munn, Jason George Proud Of Black Female Voters In Alabama

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Black women in America should be very, very proud!

On Tuesday night, the voting numbers from Alabama’s senate election came flying in and it was made immediately clear, that the record holding election could not have happened without the Black female vote.

Helping push democrat, Doug Jones, to victory over republican, Roy Moore, was that of Black voters residing in the southern state. According to the numbers, 92% of Black men and 97% of Black women voted for Jones.

“Black women in Alabama changed the whole game. At the end of the day, the Black vote is changing the game,” Jason George told HipHollywood on Wednesday morning during the SAG Awards announcements ceremony. “People are waking up. People aren’t just taking it anymore, they are realizing their voice do actually make a difference.”

Olivia Munn and Niecy Nash, who announced the SAG nominees, were also thankful and proud of the numbers. “Thank you to all the voters who came out to vote,” Muss said. “It just really shows the power you have if you just show up.”

Tracee Ellis Ross, who’s show Black-ish was nominated or an ensemble cast, even wrote on Instagram: “THIS ~ this is just one example of the strength and power of black women and men. this is what we mean when we say every vote matters.”

She added, “This is what is possible when you stand up and make your voice heard. THANK YOU ALABAMA FOR THIS. now let’s all get ready and mobilized for midterms.”

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