*The inspiration behind “Empire” characters Hakeem Lyon and Tiana, may not totally come from Iman Shumpert and his girlfriend Teyana Taylor, but according to Serayah McNeill, some famous folks make up the characters.
Chatting with HipHollywood.com, McNeil, who plays Tiana took the mystery away as she stated that Tiana is the combination of “powerful women in the industry.”
“I talked to writers and I talked to producers about my character and about exactly what their view was and they mentioned people, but they didn’t mention them,” McNeil told the site. “They mentioned Rihanna, Beyoncé … powerful women in the industry.”
As many folks saw, “Power” ads populated the finale with proclaiming in the trailer for the show’s second season trailer that “Empires are built on Power.”
From the looks of it, 50 may have well been behind it as the effort falls in line with his accusations of “Empire” biting “Power.” Since cable shows rarely advertise on network TV, people are saying that the trailer’s proclamation was 50’s way of throwing shade on Fox’s hit show.
Check out the season 2 trailer for “Power” and weigh in below on whether 50 did throw shade on “Empire’s” or not: