She plays the fierce Cookie Lyon in Fox’s hit show Empire.
And actress Taraji P Henson certainly wasn’t going to take it lying down when 50 Cent dissed the hip-hop family drama two days after the Wednesday premiere of its third season.
On Saturday, Taraji hit back with her own screen grab on Instagram, sharing a statement that her show ‘remains the No. 1 show on broadcast TV.
And she added in the caption: ‘For the confused ppl. Do REAL research!!! Loose change makes sooooooo much UNNECESSARY NOISE.
‘STILL LOOKING FOR THAT DAMN CENT SIGN!!! I guess it’s obsolete. AGAIN CONGRATS ON YOUR SUCCESS BLACK MAN!!! @50cent.’
However, Taraji generously praised 50 Cent’s Power co-star Naturi Naughton in an Instagram she posted the same day.
‘Sooooooooo proud of you@naturi4real I WANT YOU TO KNOW I will NEVER let any NEGATIVITY come between the LOVE I have for my sisters!!! As women we put up with enough BS. I will NEVER add to that stress and heartache!!! YOU ARE DOPE on #Powerand in life!!! #BlackGirlMagic SHINE BABY SHINE,’ Taraji wrote.
50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, couldn’t resist another dig, saying: ‘All this back and forth s*** is starting to turning me on cookie, LMAO I ran into Lee Daniels (Empire’s co-creator) at the gym on Sunset Blvd. He asked why I didn’t except his offer to be on EMPIRE.
‘I told him I have a lot going on, I’m actually working on the show FOX is gonna replace EMPIRE with, he looked at me like…why the f*** are you doing that?
‘It’s because I’m a drug dealer, and I was taught to get in, get your weight up, then take over. So that’s the deal,’ he wrote in the post, also now deleted.
And the feud doesn’t stop there. On Sunday, 50 Cent posted a promo for Power’s finale with the caption: ‘Tonight 9pm it is gonna be made very clear there is no competition there is only POWER.
‘Anyone who has seen it on demand, or on the Starz app will tell you. Nothing out can compare. BMF Coming Soon I’m gonna change Tv.’