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The Real Cookie Lyon

The Real Cookie Lyon, actress Taraji P. Henson has been adored by many.  This past Halloween there were countless Cookie costumes, making the celebration more entertaining than usual.

The real Cookie Lyon, actress Taraji P. Henson does not even like repeating her past punchlines as she is far too authentic to be lost for words.  While many of us consider Cookie Lyon on Empire ‘as real as it gets’ some have argued the character is an imitation of their reality.

Lydia Harris Death Row
Lydia Harris Death Row

Devon Maloney’s Vanity Fair article ‘Meet the “Real” Cookie Lyon‘ explores the life of Lydia Harris comparing it to Cookie’s life on Empire.  In 2005 Harris won a lawsuit against Suge Knight after she proved that she co-founded Death Row Records with $1.5 million from her husband, Michael “Harry-O” Harris a former cocaine kingpin.

Michael “Harry-O” Harris is currently incarcerated, serving 28-years, on drug and attempted murder charges, similar to Lucious Lyon.  Harris grew up in South Central Los Angeles where he started selling drugs at a very young age.  Soon after meeting Lydia Michael decided to go legit, producing ‘Checkmates’ a broadway hit starring Denzel Washington and Vanessa Williams.

Denzel Washington Michael 'Harry-O' Harris
Denzel Washington Michael ‘Harry-O’ Harris

Then there was Sophia Eggleston, the 53 year-old from Detroit that sued Fox for $300 million arguing that Lee Daniels stole her life story.  Eggleston argues that she gave Lee Daniels a copy of her book and he used her life to create Cookie Lyon.  A decision has not been made on the case.

In other Empire-related news from Detroit, Fox’s Next Empire Artist semi-finalist group, DMK (Damoli Melanee Kourtney) is making ‘The D’ proud, earning their way to the competition’s final 10.  DMK is dedicated to continuing the legacy of girl groups like SWV and The Supremes.

DMK Fox Next Empire Artist
The group formed in 2007 and includes Damoli, Melanee and Kourtney.  DMK’s talent does not stop at singing, each member can also act, trained at the Winston Institute of Arts.
DMK prides itself on positivity and growth, dedicating themselves to delivering quality music that everyone will love.  Check out DMK’s amazing cover of Aaliyah’s ‘At Your Best’:

In 2007 DMK auditioned for Showtime at the Apollo and was featured as “Apollo Kid Stars of Tomorrow”, a fitting title considering DMK may soon be stars on Fox’s hip-hop series, Empire.

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