Troy Jensen The final season of Empire is underway. The March 17 episode will be Taraji P. Henson‘s directorial debut with special guests En Vogue.
In the episode titled “Come Undone,” Cookie, played by Henson, books the musical group-Cindy Herron-Braggs, Terry Ellis, and Rhona Bennett– for her “Tea Talk” talk show. Ellis tells Variety she’s excited to be part of a show she’s always been a fan of since the beginning. “We love the infusion of performance and soundtracks — that’s been a great launching pad for upcoming artists. Being on set with Taraji brought back memories of how far we’ve come.”
For Herron-Braggs, Cookie’s role as a pioneering female executive in the music industry reminds her of Epic Records Chairman & CEO Sylvia Rhone, who was a driving force in En Vogue’s success in the 1990s as former head of Elektra Records. “We were fortunate to have someone like Cookie — Sylvia Rhone — who personally was committed to every aspect of our career from A&R, artist development and imaging,” she said. “That’s been the cornerstone of our 30 years in the industry,” Herron-Braggs told Variety.
In 2018, En Vogue released Electric Café, the group’s first album in 14 years. The Funky Divas are planning to release a podcast in April, followed by new music in the Fall.
The Fox drama series first premiered in 2015, detailing the highs and lows of the Lyons family dynasty within the ever-changing, sometimes dangerous world of hip hop and business under Empire Entertainment.
The final episodes of Empire come back on March 3.
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