Phylicia Rashad Joins Empire For Season 3

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Phylicia Rashad Joins Empire For Season 3
Posted by Wilson Morales

August 29, 2016

Source: EW

Phylicia Rashad Empire

EW is reporting that Phylicia Rashad will have a recurring role on Fox’s hit series, Empire.

The Cosby Show alum will play Diane Dubois, a powerhouse from one of New York’s oldest and most prominent African-American families. As the mother of ambitious city councilman Angelo Dubois (guest star Taye Diggs), she has her sights set on higher office for her only son, and she’ll stop at nothing to groom him. Diana’s interactions with Cookie, Lucious and the rest of the Lyon clan will lay bare the stark class divides that can exist, even within the black community.

Empire premieres on Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. on Fox.

Taye Diggs

The main cast includes: Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, Bryshere Gray as Hakeem Lyon, Trai Byers as Andre Lyon, Grace Gealey as Anika Gibbons, Kaitlin Doubleday as Rhonda Lyon, Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, and Ta’Rhonda Jones as Porsha.

Coincidentally, Rashad and Terrence Howard appeared together on Broadway in the 2008 ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ revival.

Empire Season 3 - Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Trai Byers, Bryshere Gray and Jussie Smollet

The drama returns in Season Three, as the battle continues for the Soul of Empire. Each member of the Lyon family must cope with the events that were set in motion in the Season Two finale. Lucious pursues his music legacy with his streaming service, while also clashing with his half-brother, Tariq (Morocco Omari), who is leading a federal task force investigating him. Cookie aims to start over, in pursuit of her own happiness – a series of flashbacks reveal how Loretha Holloway became Cookie Lyon and how Cookie met Lucious. Meanwhile, the Lyon brothers – Andre, Jamal and Hakeem – all are determined to overcome the events of last season and move on, but the choices they face will become a battle for the soul of the Lyon family.

The site also stated that Scott Mescudi, a.k.a. Kid Cudi, is playing a rapper named Gram, a rival to Hakeem (Bryshere “Yazz” Gray); French Montana will appear as music mogul Vaughn, a member of Lucious Lyon’s (Terrence Howard) inner circle; and Mariah Carey is playing a singer named Kitty who joins Jamal (Jussie Smollett) in the recording studio.


A versatile performer, Phylicia Rashad became a household name with her role as “Claire Huxtable” on “The Cosby Show,” a character whose appeal has earned her numerous honors and awards for over two decades. While television was a catalyst in the rise of Rashad’s career, she has also been a force on the stage, appearing both on and Off-Broadway, often in projects that showcase her musical talent, such as “Jelly’s Last Jam,” “Into The Woods,” “Dreamgirls” and “The Wiz.” As a dramatic actress, Rashad has performed on Broadway in “August: Osage County,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “Gem Of The Ocean” and “Cymbeline.” Rashad received both the Drama Desk and the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her riveting performance in the Broadway revival of “A Raisin In The Sun.” In film, Rashad has appeared in “Creed,” Tyler Perry’s “Good Deeds” and “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf.”

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