Empire is one of the highest rated shows on primetime television. And while most of us tune in for the Fox drama every Wednesday, there is one person who’d rather do something else with his time.
In a shocking interview with the Northeast Ohio Media Group, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert suggested that the program is using he and his girlfriend, Teyana Taylor’s storyline, even down to the looks. “I don’t watch that stuff man,” Shumpert said.
The NBA player thinks that the show’s character, rapper Hakeem Lyon (played by Bryshere Gray) and his love interest on the show, Tiana Brown (played by Seraya McNeill) is completely based off of their relationship and even looks. “They’re using my girl’s character, her style, her look and she’s not getting anything for it,” Shumpert said about Taylor, who is a real-life R&B singer, dancer and actress.
“They didn’t even change her name,” he explained. “They could have at least let my girl audition for the part instead of stealing her character completely.”
Iman continued, “And come on man, they’re really using a guy with a flat-top like me. Come on. That’s ridiculous. They never called us. We were blindsided. We found out by our family and fans when the show aired.”
According to the basketball player the similarities between the characters have not gone unnoticed. “Her fans are more mad about it than I am,” Shumpert said. “I’m a ball player, but that’s her field. That’s what she does. Me personally, I don’t plan on taking any action but I don’t know about her.”
Sound off: Do you think Hakeem and Tiana are based off of Iman and Taylor’s lives?
The Good, Bad And Ug… Less Flattering At The NAACP Image Awards
This year, the NAACP Image Awards were held on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. As we all know, Dr. King had a dream, and for many on the red carpet it was a dream come true. But unfortunately, there were some nightmares … fashion nightmares.
Here’s our list of then stars who were hot and those who left us bothered. First, let’s start with the hot…
And it doesn’t get hotter than Halle Berry showing half her body. Ms. Berry slayed in this Reem Acra gown reminding then youngin’s that she’s still got it.
And speaking of youngin’s A Wrinkle In Time star Storm Reid may be relatively new to the game, but she showed up on the carpet looking like a vet in this adorable Yanina number.
Yara Shahidi also showed up serving #BlackGirlMagic in this beautiful Vera Wang dress.
And Kerry Washington killed it, also wearing black, in this Michael Kors stunner.
But as we know, with the good comes the bad, and the bad this time around came courtesy…
Danielle Brooks, we love our Orange Is The New Black boo, but this Michael Costello look just didn’t work for her.
We also love Ava DuVernay, but unfortunately this Greta Constatine jumpsuit didn’t have us jumping for joy.
Lil Mama left us wanting more in this navy blue feathery frock … actually it may be her hair that left us disappointed.
And adding to our disappointment was Letoya Luckett wearing a purple gown that had scallops and bows and slits … oh my!
Do you agree with our hots and nots?
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