Phylicia Rashad To Go Head-To-Head With Taraji P. Henson On ‘Empire’

Over the course of three decades, viewers have seen Phylicia Rashad deliver some memorable performances on film, theater and television. From her portrayal of  Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show to her Tony Award winning performance as Lena Younger in A Raisin In The Sun, Rashad has amassed an acting palette that is bound to confound her mot seasoned of Hollywood peers. According to The Hollywood Reporter , the Emmy winning actress is set to board the third season of Empire in a recurring role.

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Rashad is set to portray Diana Dubois, a powerful scion from one of New York’s oldest and most prominent African-American families. As the mother of councilman Angelo Dubois (as played by Taye Diggs), Diana is hellbent on making sure her son rises to the top of the political ladder. Rashad is the latest addition in a long line of famous faces to make an appearance on the Fox ratings juggernaut. Diana’s aristocratic agenda will come into conflict with the street sensibility of Cookie Lyon (as played by Taraji P. Henson). Other newcomers include pop empress Mariah Carey, rapper Kid Cudi, Xzibit and Birdman. The third season of Empire will premiere Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.