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6:00AM

Rickey Smiley For Real

The "I" In Team

A team building exercise for the radio crew; Malik and Craig study and get dance lessons. Brandon plans an anniversary party.

7:00AM

Rickey Smiley For Real

OHH RAH

Malik's school grades cause trouble. Rickey and Aaryn have a father-daughter talk. Craig and Malik embark on a business.

8:00AM

Rickey Smiley For Real

Magic is in the Air

Rickey makes a big announcement at the Magic City Classic; Da Brat and Gary's flight; Maria Taylor visits Rickey in Atlanta.

9:00AM

Rickey Smiley For Real

Wish You Were Here

With the boys all in trouble for various reasons, Rickey takes his boat out for a quick getaway to Bimini for himself and the girls. Back in Atlanta, Gary brings Headkrack and Da Brat along for a business meeting for his new men’s underwear line which leaves Krack and Da Brat blushing for two totally different reasons.

10:00AM

Rickey Smiley For Real

The Wait

Hollywood player, spiritual guru, and husband of star Meagan Good, Devon Franklin spends some time with Rickey the radio crew’s search for new office space turns out to be much more than their budgets can handle. Dee introduces Rickey to her biological father’s side of the family and ongoing disciplinary conflicts with Craig and Rickey comes a dramatic head after Craig skips school and lies about it.

11:00AM

Rickey Smiley For Real

Banishing Point

Rickey’s grandfather offers him some sage advice on how to best handle the friction with Craig and Spirit delves into Rickey’s upbringing and attempts to challenge some of his ideas about disciplining his kids. Rock T. attempts to match make for Gary and Juicy, and Brandon parties with Reec and Donovan after Beonka becomes fodder for tabloid media when she is captured at the scene of a famous rapper friend’s arrest.

12:00PM

Empire

Pilot

Musical legend Lucious Lyon has risen from teenage drug dealer to become the head of Empire Entertainment. He credits music with saving his life, and he's just taken the company public with a promise that it will be a haven for young musical artists. Lucious announces to his three sons that he has to pick a successor, but who will it be? His youngest, the brash and commercially successful Hakeem? The middle child, sensitive and brilliant musician Jamal, who is gay, much to Lucious' disapproval? Or the eldest, cool and calculating Andre, who has business sense but no musical talent? Each of them must prove to Lucious over the next several months that they can lead the company, before he makes his decision. Things are complicated when Lucious' ex-wife, Cookie, is unexpectedly released from jail after nearly twenty years, during which Lucious divorced her – Jamal was the only one who visited her in prison (aside from her cousin and Lucious' aide, Bunkie, who has a gambling problem) – and she's here to get what's hers; namely, half the company, as it was started with her money. As Bunkie warns Cookie that Lucious is watching her, Andre's scheming wife, Rhonda, suggests pitting Hakeem and Jamal against one another... and Andre also has the support of his Uncle Vernon, who is Chairman of the Board. With Andre's encouragement, Cookie blackmails Lucious into forcing him to let her manage Jamal. However, Jamal, who is happy playing small clubs, doesn't agree with Cookie's grand plans for him. Hakeem loses his confidence when Lucious pressures him to cut an album, but Jamal helps him out, writing a song for him and playing on the track – the two brothers are close... though when Hakeem starts tearing it up in the recording booth, Lucious refuses to acknowledge Jamal's contribution, crediting it all to Hakeem. Lucious finds himself the target of blackmail once more when Bunkie demands money for his gambling debts. And as Lucious tries to come to terms with the Lou Gehrig's disease that will eventually take his life, a disease he was just recently diagnosed with and has been keeping a secret, he realizes that he and Cookie are going to be at war.

1:01PM

Empire

The Outspoken King

Lucious announces that he will take Empire public, coinciding with the opening of his new club Leviticus, but personal issues with Jamal rear their head. Cookie in turn is intent on convincing Jamal to seize the moment as a career opportunity. Meanwhile, Rhonda grows concerned about Andre’s erratic behavior. With just days to go before Empire goes public, a shooting embroils Empire recording artist Kid Fo-Fo in a whirlwind of negative publicity for the label. Lucious finds himself in the midst of a media firestorm, with the bank backing Empire's public offering getting cold feet. A sudden shock hits Empire when a close family member is found dead, with the police having no clue as to who could've been responsible. Convinced that Jamal must be in the spotlight at the club opening, Cookie hires a top publicist to stage a media event with Jamal, but when Lucious gets wind of this, he threatens to shut it down. Days before Leviticus opens, Hakeem is taped going on a drunken rant that goes viral, causing more publicity nightmares for Empire. Lucious decides to be interviewed about all the controversy, and with help from the outspoken Cookie, manages to change the tone of the debate and turn the tides. Leviticus opens as planned, but a secret Cookie holds comes back to bite her.

2:03PM

Empire

The Devil Quotes Scripture

When Kidd Fo-Fo signs with rival label Creedmore, Lucious wants to hit back at the label. Meanwhile, Detective Walker tells Lucious that he has a lead on a possible eyewitness to the murder case the family is involved in. Anika reveals to Lucious a dangerous secret about Cookie; when Cookie learns of the tip, she schemes to throw Lucious off her trail. At a funeral in Philadelphia, Lucious delivers a heartfelt eulogy and has Gladys Knight sing. Continuing to try and push Jamal’s career, Cookie seeks out Puma, a now-retired songwriter who wrote hits for Empire, appealing to her personal connection with him to ask for a song. Lucious throws an elaborate dinner for Hakeem and new girlfriend Tiana, but when Cookie insists on inviting Jamal and his boyfriend Michael too, Lucious makes a scene. Harry Jackson arrives to deliver Lucious some bitter news about Empire’s star Veronica, while after the party, Hakeem doesn’t go home with Tiana, but another woman. Elsewhere, Detective Walker questions a homeless man who may have witnessed the murder being investigated... by showing him a picture of a famous potential suspect. Late that night, Lucious confronts Jamal at his loft, causing Jamal to vow to Michael that he’ll go after his father’s empire.

3:04PM

Empire

False Imposition

Lucious reveals his prognosis to Anika. With Empire's reputation being threatened by the Creedmore label, he makes poaching their star rapper, Titan, his priority. Meanwhile, Jamal and Michael move into a tiny apartment to begin a new life together. Discovering that the media is lit up over the romance between Hakeem and Tiana, Lucious books them to perform a duet on the Teen Choice Awards nominations show at Leviticus. Seeking to lure Titan over to Empire, Lucious and Anika meet with his managers and get caught up in street violence. Separately, Cookie appeals to Titan's strict Muslim family, who reveal information about the shooting Titan was involved in. The police question Lucious, and Andre lies to provide an alibi for him. When word gets out that Anika approached Titan in jail, Creedmore label head Billy Beretti confronts Lucious. Tension rises between Anika and Cookie about her intervention into the duet between Hakeem and Tiana, and Lucious is forced to side with one of them. Tiana makes a startling discovery about Hakeem that puts their duet in jeopardy. Lucious visits Titan in jail to convince him to join Empire, and later thanks Cookie for her help... but when she seeks validation from Hakeem, his response is surprising.

4:06PM

Empire

Dangerous Bonds

Lucious surprises Anika with an ovation, though he warns her to be cautious about announcing the news. Meanwhile, Jamal spends what money he has to spend a day recording at an impoverished studio. Agent Carter orders Cookie to testify in a seventeen year old criminal case; when she does, she realizes her life is potentially in danger. Hakeem proposes an elaborate music video for his new song that Andre balks at, but Lucious greenlights the project. When Andre asks Cookie if Tiana can appear in Hakeem’s video, Cookie agrees only if she can have something in return. Andre seeks to sabotage Hakeem’s video by posting a scandalous picture online, which throws the shoot into chaos and sends an enraged Hakeem storming off the set. Elsewhere, Jamal’s session is interrupted when a group of thugs rush the studio and threaten to end the session. After Cookie finds a gift on her doorstep, she believes someone from her criminal past has come back to haunt her. Back at the Empire offices, Lucious asks Anika’s father, Dr. Calhoun, to sign a document to help secure Empire’s financial future. Working together to put the video shoot back on track, Cookie advises Tiana, while Lucious must try and convince Hakeem to resume work. Later, Jamal confronts Hakeem, and the brothers come to blows. That evening, Cookie learns that she was mistaken about who left the gift on her doorstep — and that the blood of an innocent man is potentially on her hands.

5:07PM

Empire

Out, Damned Spot

Cookie and the rest of the family are surprised after Lucious makes an announcement about himself and Anika. Later, Cookie vows to Jamal she will aggressively promote his new song, while Michael worries that Jamal’s newfound drive will alienate his boyfriend from him. Privately, Vernon confronts Lucious about Bunkie, causing a rift between Vernon and Andre. When Cookie complains about Anika threatening to drop Empire star Elle Dallas from the label, Lucious asks her to manage the strung out diva. Meanwhile, Vernon goes to lawyer Lamont Harris to arrange a shady deal. Increasingly concerned about Empire’s security, Lucious meets with Malcolm Devreaux, an ex-Navy Seal. Soon after, Lucious takes a meeting with physician Dr. Luther Mason, who has an enticing offer for him. At Leviticus, Cookie schemes to turn Jamal’s song into a hit. Promoting the new single at a radio interview, Jamal dodges the question of his dating status, which upsets an already vulnerable Michael. Meanwhile, an angry Hakeem tries his hand at recording his own new track. Just when Jamal’s fortunes seem to be turning, someone from his past shows up with shocking news that could cripple his career.

6:09PM

Empire

Our Dancing Days

As Lucious prepares for the investor showcase at Leviticus, tensions run high at the prospect of Olivia going public with her potentially scandalous story. Meanwhile, Andre invites hedge fund manager Terry Schiller to the showcase, but Jamal and Hakeem’s feud threatens the “family” image that could win Schiller over. Stress mounting, Lucious’ condition catches up to him, causing him to learn the truth about Dr. Mason’s “miracle” treatment. Meanwhile, Hakeem works overtime to win over Camilla with a fancy dinner and expensive jewelry, but she agrees to see him only if he succumbs to her demands. In his own romantic predicament, Jamal arrives home to find that Michael has finally made a decision about their relationship. As the lineup for the showcase comes together, Lucious insists that Elle Dallas should open - a huge risk because of her addictions. Hakeem and Jamal rehearse together, urged by Cookie to put their personal issues aside. On the night of the showcase, Elle appears sober and ready to perform, but Anika has other plans for her. Elsewhere, a hawk-eyed Malcolm spots a pair of Billy Beretti’s men in the crowd trying to sabotage the performance. With the show underway, Lucious finds himself in a situation where Cookie must take charge - enabling him to make a major decision in the aftermath.

7:09PM

Empire

The Lyon's Roar

Cookie pitches Lucious a generation-spanning project that could cement their reputation, but it comes with a demand on their relationship. Jamal and Hakeem, humbled by their father’s condition, decide to bury the hatchet and record together. The song alienates Andre, who schemes with Vernon to change his fortunes. Meanwhile, Anika forces Lucious to promise fidelity to her. Thinking of his legacy, Lucious hires hot documentary filmmaker Ryan Morgan to make a movie about Empire, but Ryan’s connection with Jamal threatens more than just the project. When Andre and Rhonda attempt to woo a rich couple to cement his role in Empire’s corporate future, Rhonda is horrified by what she is required to do. At a meeting to decide Andre’s role in the company, Lucious surprises everyone with his vote. A huge party is thrown where the Lyon family is in the spotlight, and Lucious privately tells Cookie he has made a decision involving Anika and himself. Later, Cookie has words with Camilla, who Hakeem has brought as his date. Jamal performs and wows the crowd with a daring twist on a song precious to his family, which infuriates his father and threatens to undo all the goodwill that’s been building.

8:09PM

Empire

Unto the Breach

Cookie confronts Lucious about Anika’s Empire-threatening secret. When Lucious realizes Cookie is right, he threatens Anika about revealing his prognosis publicly in exchange for protecting her father. With Empire now at war with Billy Beretti’s Creedmoor, the labels scramble to stave off defectors. Cookie volunteers to personally petition artist Royale-T not to leave, leading to a drinking competition. Lucious attempts to woo rock act Travie Wild, but Beretti has other plans for him. Meanwhile, Ryan introduces Jamal to superstar Delphine and the two of them record an impromptu duet, giving Jamal a way in to finally having a stake in his father’s company. As Beretti and Lucious have a tense stand off, Empire’s security system is hacked, trapping Andre, Hakeem and Jamal. With Tiana now in play between the two labels, Hakeem and Cookie go on full offense to try and win her over. Lucious begins to believe Andre’s business acumen may be stronger than Hakeem’s, but as the day goes on and Andre’s behavior starts to alarm the Empire crew, Lucious realizes just how much of a threat his son could be to him.

9:09PM

Empire

Sins of the Father

When the family gathers to work through Andre’s issues with a music therapist, a key figure is missing from the hospital visit. On the eve of the company going public, Lucious tells Vernon how he wants to proceed personally and professionally, and also lets him know just what he thinks of his recent actions. Jamal confides in Ryan his thoughts about Lola, while Malcolm has his own confidential talk with Cookie. Camilla’s role in Hakeem’s career causes Lucious to take severe action. After falling into bad habits, Vernon runs into Olivia and her violent boyfriend Reg, and soon the both of them are dragged into Lucious’ orbit. With papers ready to be signed to make Empire public, a presence at Lucious’ house stirs an eruption of violence — and also forces a startling revelation from Lucious. Cookie soon announces to Lucious what she thinks of his secret.

10:09PM

Empire

Die but Once

As Lucious searches for a new song to premiere at Empire’s tribute concert, his nurse observes some peculiar symptoms. While Cookie and Malcolm spend a weekend away, Hakeem stuns the press when he freestyle raps his true feelings about Lucious. Billy Berretti attempts to sabotage the tribute show and risks paralyzing Lucious’ plans. When Lucious learns of Cookie’s recent secrecy, he takes action against her, and then unexpectedly asks Jamal for help. Andre seeks comfort in religion, but his spiritual mentor appears troublingly close to him. Lucious is finally able to have a breakthrough with the help of Jamal, who in turn surprises him with an aggressive move against Billy Beretti. Anika takes her own shocking action against Lucious, while Andre burns at his father’s manipulative ovations toward Michelle. After Lucious receives some astounding personal news, Cookie decides to take Empire’s matters into her own hands — with potentially lethal consequences.

11:09PM

Empire

Who I Am

Lucious gathers his children to announce he’s made his decision about who should run Empire, and then reveals shocking video evidence concerning a family member. Anika counsels Hakeem to get him what he wants, while Cookie is faced with an offer from the FBI. At a press conference for the tribute concert, an outspoken Empire artist creates a stir and Lucious has an opportunity to defend Jamal. With Andre feeling as if he’s lost everything, he throws in his lot with Hakeem in a bid for power, and an unlikely band of conspirators is formed. To defend himself against a homophobic rapper, Jamal takes to the stage in a freestyle rap battle. An infamous corporate raider offers a plan to Cookie, who realizes the fate of Empire could be in her hands. When Vernon confronts Andre, violence ensues, and Rhonda arrives just in time to intervene with some surprising news of her own. During the epic tribute concert, Lucious’ past catches up with him, but he vows his vengeance.

12:09AM

Unsung

Miki Howard

1:09AM

Unsung

Xscape

In 1993, Xscape was Hummin’ Comin’ At ‘Cha with their debut platinum album - showcasing a tight four-part harmony that few could touch. But by their third album, their sisterhood had imploded. In this revealing episode of Unsung, all four original members of Xscape, along with Jermaine Dupri, open up on what broke them apart, and what might – or might not – ever get them back together.

2:09AM

Unsung

H-Town

H-Town exploded on the R&B scene in 1993 with their #1 song “Knockin Da Boots”. The platinum-selling single from their debut album Fever for Da Flavor put both the group and their hometown of Houston on center stage. On the cusp of a comeback in 2003, H-Town was devastated when lead singer, Dino, was killed in a hit and run car accident. Remaining members Shazam and G.I. have kept the group and Dino’s legacy alive.

3:09AM

Unsung

Hi-Five

Coming straight outa Waco, Texas, Hi-Five proved to be more than another boy band. Teaming with accomplished writers and producers, from Teddy Riley to an up and coming R. Kelly, Hi-Five performed some of the most beloved songs of the 90s decade, including “She’s Playing Hard to Get”, “I Can’t Wait Another Minute”, and the crossover classic, “I Like the Way (Kissing Game).” Then came a stunning series of tragedies, including a murder, a crippling car crash, and the fatal decline of lead singer Tony Thompson. Now, along with family and friends, the surviving members of Hi-Five past and present come together to tell their heartbreaking tale on ‘Unsung.’

4:00AM

Unsung

Nate Dogg

Nate Dogg -. Since crashing the pop and hip hop charts in the early 1990s with Death Row Records, Nate Dogg became the go to R&B singer when you needed that soulful hook. He was the sonic and spiritual leader behind the G-funk movement, the genre which combined soulful harmonies and gangsta rap. But he ultimately fell victim to a series of strokes that brought his life to a sad, poignant end.