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#Empire: The Real Story Behind Cookie Lyon

Cookie Lyon Empire

There's a lot of controversy surrounding the hit show Empire, starring Taraji P Henson and Terrance Howard. People are going crazy over Cookie's strong personality and no nonsense style of getting things done.

The fashion forward style that Cookie Lyon brings to each show is hard to match. There's no doubt about it, Empire is drama-filled and keeps viewers on the edge of their seats week after week.

But just as some love it, some absolutely hate it. They say the show paints an ugly picture of African Americans. It reinforces the typical stereotypes that have been stacked against us for hundreds of years here in America.

It's hard to disagree with that. Empire is filled with things like money hungry, cut-throat, drug using, drug selling, murdering, homophobic people, just to name a few examples.

But there's an even bigger picture to focus on. The tenacity and hard work of the Award-winning actress who plays Cookie Lyon is something that must be explored.

Taraji P Henson isn't just an actress on Empire, she's a real-life mom whose actually building her own empire right before our eyes.

Cookie Lyon Empire photo from People.com

Taraji is actually tougher than the character she plays on the hit television series. Her story is an inspiration to anyone looking to do more and be more.

After having her son in her junior year of college, Taraji went on to complete her Bachelors at Howard University. She knew that her education would be a valuable asset in reaching her goals.

Then at just 26 years old she moved to California as a single mom with only $700 to her name. (read more at People.com) See, Taraji didn't let the responsibilities of life and motherhood stop her from pursuing her dreams. In fact, she used life's situations as motivation to work harder. She believed, She wanted more for herself and her young son, and she was willing to work hard for it.

Think about it... the real life Cookie (Ms. Taraji P Henson) has built and continues to build her real life Empire. In the midst of all the Empire controversy, be sure you are taking a page from Taraji's book and working to build your own Empire too.

What small steps can you take TODAY towards building your own Empire?

Cookie Lyon Photo: People Magazine

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