Empire- “Be True”

Empire begins victoriously with Lucious officially being cleared of all charges against him, and Roxanne Ford officially taking a leave of absence. Andre happily returns and is welcomed by his father. He advises him to release an official statement to the press outside, but he instead takes to social media to profanely admonish the press and anyone who doubted his “innocence.” Lucious throws a party with strippers and other Empire staff in the boardroom much to Andre’s chagrin. At Lyons’ Dynasty, Cookie tells Hakeem to make new tracks and focus on the momentum his video with Jamal will bring. Later, Jamal works on his album with Lucious and Ne-Yo, and receives relationship advice from them both. Lucious advises him to leave Michael behind when he goes on tour, while Ne-Yo tells him either way will work.

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Hakeem introduces Tianna to Laura, his new lead singer and kisses her on the cheek. Laura fears Hakeem is only after her for sex. Later, Tianna is attacked by two girls pretending to be fans! They took her purse and then go on YouTube and put a mark on Lyons’ Dynasty. Cookie promises to handle it. At Empire, Thirsty tries to enlist Andre’s aide in getting Lyons’ Dynasty’s masters. Andre refuses, warns him about going after his mother, and kicks him out of his father’s office. Andre seeks spiritual guidance from his pastor and tells him he is ready to baptized. He decides to confess his sins and to deliver the news to his family individually. Rhonda agrees to support him, but believes his family will not. At Leviticus, Jamal’s artist tells him he does not beleieve Michael should go on tour with him as it will only impede his expression. He feels gay marriages and relationships are becoming heteronormative. Later, he tries to give Jamal a blow job in the hallway, but is dismissed. Hakeem tries to come onto Laura at a party but she rebuffs his advances and leaves, while Cookie hires Laz Delgado, a professional promoter.

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Cookie and Lucious fight over who will take Vernon’s ashes, with the former being tricked into keeping them. Andre invites his father to his baptism, and confesses it was him who convinced Cookie to blackmail him. Lucious forgives him, but tells him he does not believe in baptism. He also tells him he does not believe Thirsty should be involved in their family’s private matters. Later, he tells his brothers how he had thugs try and rob Jamal and turned them against each other. They too forgive him, but Jamal has reservations that his church may be anti-gay. Michael bugs Jamal while he records with Ne-Yo, the latter advises him to do what is best for him. Lyons’ Dynasty is broken into while Cookie and Laz flirt and discuss business. They catch the two burglars trying to steal the masters and learn Thirsty sent them. Hakeem makes amends with Laura, while later, Jamal catches his artist giving Michael a blow job. Becky punches the artist in the face!

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At church, Andre is baptized with his entire family in attendance. Lucious, however, flashes back to his mother trying to drown him in a tub of water and leaves. Andre believes he is rejecting him. Laterm Hakeem goes for a run and is kidnapped off the street!

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Hey Mikey!

WHO AM I? That’s probably what you’re thinking? It’s simple I’m this generation’s “Dear Abby!” I was raised in the Fourth Ward of Atlanta, educated in the School of Hard Knocks, and rescued by the concrete and steel of New York City. Life at best will always be bittersweet. The sooner you accept that, the better off you’ll be. I’d prefer to be on your sweeter side. Everyone needs a listening ear, extra shoulder, and open arms when life gets rough. I’m your new best friend, where it all goes south remember I’m a mouse click or tweet away. Hang in there kids, you’re gonna love kickin’ it with me!!! -Michael Jonvier