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Nia Long & Taraji P. Henson Feuding Behind Scene on ‘Empire’

Taraji P. Henson and Nia Long had a feud while filming Empire. What happened to black actresses supporting one another? These two both have a history of filming with Terrance Howard (Lucious Lyon), and on the show Empire, the two fight for his affection. In this season, Nia plays Lucious Lyon’s ex, who comes back into the picture while he entertains the thought of reuniting with Cookie.

However, this drama has nothing to do with that.

Apparently, Nia acted like a diva with the hair, make-up, and wardrobe crews, and was disrespectful as well. She was extremely difficult to work with and at the last minute she proclaimed that she disliked her look, and went off on the crew.

According to TMZ, those involved have filed an official complaint against Nia stating how out of line she was. So, of course, when this got back to Taraji, the queen on set, she was unhappy about how the crew was treated.

As the tension grew, filming with both ladies became a hassle and thoughts of filming them separately arose. According to insiders, both ladies have stopped speaking to each other in passing on set.

Although Nia denies it along with her reps who call it, “…another complete fabrication about a series that has been plagued by constant rumors of drama and misconduct, ” sources say that Nia Long wasn’t asked back for season four.

Hmmm….it sounds like Nia Long was in the wrong on this one. Taraji has not been known to stir up beef and always has a good reason to clap back. Whatever the case is, hopefully they can work it out.


Could this be a feud over one being a bigger star than the other or just another cat fight? Comment below.

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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