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Boo Boo Kitty Empire

Boo Boo Kitty Empire’s epic catchphrase was delivered by Cookie referring to Anika Calhoun, Cookie’s ex-husband, Lucious Lyon’s former girlfriend.

Taraji P. Henson explains that that she came up with the nickname “straight off the cuff.”  In one of our favorite episodes of Empire Cookie dropped the iconic catchphrase, “Boo Boo Kitty” and it was on from there!

Boo Boo Kitty Empire
Boo Boo Kitty Empire

She is surprisingly sick of the phrase yet Empire’s writers are addicted to Boo Boo Kitty!  The second season of the TV series Empire will premiere on September 23, 2015.

Who Plays Anika on Empire? Anika is played by Empire’s Grace Gealey.  Many fell in love with Grace Gealey’s lingerie scene from the first season of the hip-hop series:

Boo Boo Kitty Empire
Boo Boo Kitty Empire 

What is Boo Boo Kitty
What is Boo Boo Kitty?

Who plays Anika on Empire Boo Boo Kitty
Who Plays Anika on Empire Boo Boo Kitty

One of the individuals that fell in love Anika, Empire’s Boo Boo Kitty was Andre Lyon: During the first season of the Empire TV show the Grace Gealey and Trai Byers dating rumor began.


Before we could confirm if the Grace Gealey and Trai Byers dating rumors were true, the two announced their that they were engaged.  Trai popped the question during Gealey’s 31st birthday celebration.

Trai Byers dating Grace Gealey
Trai Byers dating Grace Gealey

Trai Byers dating Grace Gealey
Trai Byers dating Grace Gealey

Grace Gealey Biography
Describing her youth, Grace Gealey explains, “I was such a tomboy.  My most vivid memories are summers, when we used to run around barefoot and climb trees.  It was very freeing.”

Grace Gealey was born on July 26, 1984 in Butler, PA.  Her mother is Afro-Caribbean and her father is American.  Gealey moved from Pennsylvania when she was young but visited Philadelphia frequently.  “I loved the food,” she states.

Grace Gealey’s Ethnic Background
Many believe Gealey resembles actress Halle Barry and are uncertain of Grace Gealey’s ethnic background.  The 31-year-old actress was raised in the Cayman Islands from infancy.

Grace Gealey’s biography now transitions to her time in the United States.  After Gealey moved to the United States she attended the University of South Florida in Tampa.  She received her B.A. in Theater Arts.  While she attended USF, acting enabled her to communicate viscerally, a desire that came from being a child that grew up with hearing-impaired parents.

Gealey and her older sister communicated with their parents through sign language, which they learned at a very early age.

Grace Gealey experienced numerous cultural differences upon moving to the United States including the whole light-skinned/dark-skinned war.

“For me personally, it’s the whole
light-skinned/dark-skinned dynamic [for women of color]. I mean there’s
competition among women everywhere you go. But back home we understand that you
can look like a variety of things and still be from the same culture,” Gealey
explained. “What I’m saying is that I’ve never felt like I was a light-skinned
Black woman. Never felt that way because we shared the same culture back home.”

After graduating from USF Gealey obtained her M.F.A. in Acting from the University of California, Irvine.  Upon graduating, Gealey moved to New York City where she performed Off-Broady.  Gealey then moved to Chicago where she played in numerous short films and national commercials.
Empire marks Grace Gealey’s network television debut.


What is Boo Boo Kitty
Some of you may still be wondering: What is Boo Boo Kitty?  “You know what it is? It’s nasty nice,” states Empire’s Taraji P. Henson.  You know it’s almost like when somebody calls you sweetie all the time.  It’s almost like ‘b—h’ without saying it.”



Empire Boo Boo Kitty
Empire Boo Boo Kitty

In one of the best episodes of Empire’s first season showed an intense fight between Cookie, Empire Taraji P. Henson’s and Empire’s Boo Boo Kitty, Grace Gealey.  Now that Lucious is locked-up, it will be interesting to see if Cookie and Boo Boo Kitty will be able to see eye-to-eye.

Music from the Empire Series
New music from the Empire series was recently released and both tracks are on point! “Ain’t About the Money” is a new track by Jamal (Jussie Smollett) and Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) “No Doubt About It” features Jamal and Pitbull, who co-wrote the track with Ne-Yo:


What is the Empire series About?

Empire is a TV series that debuted on Fox on January 7,
2015.  The show revolves around the hip-hop
music and entertainment company, Empire Entertainment.  The show takes you a journey of the family
drama between the members of the Lyon family as they fight for control of the
company.  Empire was created by Lee
Daniels and Danny Strong, and stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson.

Season Final of Empire
Lucious Lyon learns that he does not have ALS and he brings his family together to announce the future of Empire: Jamal now holds the company in his hands.  Cookie Lyon goes on a weekend getaway with Malcolm where she finds out that Hakeem’s girlfriend, Camilla rejected Lucious’ walk away money.  The season finale of Empire’s first season ends with Lucious Lyon getting arrested.

By Jason John

Jason John is based in Maryland and covers Empire BBK’s News and Entertainment. He was previously a producer for the mobile site, helping to present Empire BBK’s news report to readers. More