Lee Daniels
Lee Daniels Show ‘Empire’ Does What To the Gay and Black Community? According to Lee Daniels the new Fox series “shines a light on homophobia in the black community.” Although audience are engaged with “Cookies” fierce attitude and the never ending storylines; Terrance Howard reveals that pieces of the melo drama come straight from his and Daniels’ childhood experiences. Find out what inspired him to create this captivating series after the jump.


Lee was doing research for another project when he first created the characters for the new hit drama ‘Empire’ he was at a Gay Men’s Health Crisis Center in New York City; and encountered black women and children with HIV,this affected him deeply.

“Homophobia is rampant in the African American community, and men are on the DL,” he said. “They don’t come out, because your priest says, your pastor says, mama says, your next-door neighbor says, your homie says, your brother says, your boss says [that homosexuality is wrong]. And they are killing African American women. They are killing our women. So I wanted to blow the lid off more on homophobia in my community.”

One of the Goals of the show is to increase awareness and tolerance for the gay and Black community.

“The things that my father said to me because of his homophobia frightened the devil out of me…but that’s what’s taught in most [African-American and Latino] households throughout the world. What we’re really trying to do…is give people an opportunity to see what they’re doing is painful. It’s crushing someone who could be beautiful.”

What are your thoughts? Will Fox’s new hit tv show bring about a real change in the world?