Wednesday, September 28, 2016, we had the pleasure of coordinating and providing onsite management for an Empire Watch Party debuting Ezri Walker. The day started with a live interview on WENZ 107.9 FM in the day party with DJ K-Nyce & Ro Digga. Ezri talked to listeners about his role on Empire season 3, episode 2 as Zeah, a highly intelligent 16-year-old rapper, what it was like to work with the cast, and what’s next. He concluded with what he does best, a freestyle, and invited everyone out to watch his debut on Empire.
The Empire watch party was held at Cuyahoga County College Metro Theater. Doors opened at 8 p.m., the show premiered at 9 p.m. The event, free of admission was hosted and moderated by Micah Dixon of WENZ 107.9 FM & DJ Haz Matt of WZAK 93.1 FM; featuring music by DJ Ryan Wolf. Attendees received complimentary popcorn, candy, and water as they headed into the theater. The viewers watched on as Lucious attempted to win over Cookie, Hakeem started recording new songs with Shine, Zeah met Lucious and performed at a charity event and Andre ran into some trouble with the police. At the end of the show, Ezri participated in a live Q&A interview with the audience.
The Empire Watch Party was sponsored by z1079, Fox8 News, Selfmade Creative and Cuyahoga County College.
Entering its third season, EMPIRE continues to shatter records, finishing the second season as the No. 1 show on broadcast television. Named a Top 10 Television Program of the Year by the American Film Institute, EMPIRE was the only broadcast series to earn a Golden Globe Award nomination this past year in the category of Best Television Series – Drama. Additionally, Taraji P. Henson won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama and recently was nominated for an Emmy Award, for the second year in a row, in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Also, the Season One soundtrack was nominated for a 2016 Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.
EMPIRE is a powerful drama about a family dynasty set within the glamorous and sometimes dangerous world of hip-hop music. The show revolves around the Lyon family and their media company, Empire Entertainment. The founder, LUCIOUS LYON (Terrence Howard), is the king of hip-hop, but his company and reign are constantly threatened by his family, including his ex-wife, COOKIE LYON (Taraji P. Henson); his sons, JAMAL (Jussie Smollett), HAKEEM (Bryshere “Yazz” Gray) and ANDRE (Trai Byers); and a volatile and competitive music industry.
The drama returns in Season Three, as the battle continues for the Soul of Empire. Each member of the Lyon family must cope with the events that were set in motion in the Season Two finale. Lucious pursues his music legacy with his streaming service, while also clashing with his half-brother, Tariq (Morocco Omari), who is leading a federal task force investigating him. Cookie aims to start over, in pursuit of her own happiness – a series of flashbacks reveal how Loretha Holloway became Cookie Lyon and how Cookie met Lucious. Meanwhile, the Lyon brothers – Andre, Jamal and Hakeem – all are determined to overcome the events of last season and move on, but the choices they face will become a battle for the soul of the Lyon family.
“About the show.” Empire. Fox. Web. 1 October 2016