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Empire's Rafael de la Fuente on Playing a Gay, Minority Character: 'It's Necessary and Important'

Originally posted 08/12/2016 04:30PM

Empire's Rafael de la Fuente loves being on a hit TV show, but he's even more grateful because of the type of character he's playing.

As Michael, the boyfriend of middle son Jamal (Jussie Smollett), de la Fuente is playing one of the few gay minority characters currently on television.

"I'm very proud of that," the actor, 29, says in a video exclusive to PEOPLE from the third annual Platino Awards, which were held in Uruguay in July and celebrates the Ibero-American film industry. "It's been amazing because we've gotten so many tweets and messages on Instagram and emails from fans that are so grateful that we are giving face to these characters and just putting it out there. It's necessary and important."

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UpdatePosted 08/09/2016 10:20AM

Mariah Carey to Guest-Star on the Upcoming Season of Empire

Originally posted 08/08/2016 02:00PM

It's been a long time coming, but Mariah Carey is officially coming to Empire!

After months of speculation, FOX announced on Monday that the musical icon is set to appear on the hit show's October 5 episode.

Carey, 46, is set to play Kitty, "a mega-superstar who comes to Empire to collaborate with Jamal Lyon (Jussie Smollett) on an explosive new song. When the duet encounters obstacles, Kitty help Jamal dig deep to overcome personal difficulties and reach a musical breakthrough," according to the press release.

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Empire Star Kaitlin Doubleday Is Married!

Empire Star Kaitlin Doubleday Is Married!

Originally posted 05/07/2016 12:10AM

Can't rain on this parade!

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Empire Costars Trai Byers and Grace Gealey  Are Married

Empire Costars Trai Byers and Grace Gealey Are Married

Originally posted 04/16/2016 03:15PM

Empire costars Trai Byers and Grace Gealey have a new role off-screen: husband and wife!

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Naomi Campbell on Her Empire Acting Gig: 'I'm Quiet on Set'

Originally posted 03/30/2016 05:10PM

After a three-month hiatus, Empire is back – and so is Naomi Campbell's character Camilla!

Though the exiled (and much older) lover of Empire scion Hakeem (Bryshere "Yazz" Gray) is set to take on a bigger role in upcoming episodes Campbell is coy when discussing Camilla's arc in the upcoming season, telling PEOPLE: "Camilla's taking her chance while she can."

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Empire Star Kaitlin Doubleday Says Wedding Planning Has Turned Her Into a 'Kanye West' Bridezilla

Empire Star Kaitlin Doubleday Says Wedding Planning Has Turned Her Into a 'Kanye West' Bridezilla

Originally posted 03/28/2016 05:45PM

Plus, find out which celeb-loved designer helped the actress pick out her gown

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Filed Under: Weddings, Empire
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Gabourey Sidibe Poses in Lingerie for V Magazine's 100th Anniversary Issue

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Gabourey Sidibe Poses in Lingerie for V Magazine's 100th Anniversary Issue

Originally posted 03/07/2016 05:50PM

Fresh off her sexy love scene on Empire, Gabourey Sidibe is looking sultry posing in lingerie for V magazine's 100th anniversary issue.

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Taraji P. Henson on Staying 'Normal' Amid Immense Empire Spotlight: 'I Love to Shop at Target'

Taraji P. Henson on Staying 'Normal' Amid Immense Empire Spotlight: 'I Love to Shop at Target'

Originally posted 02/04/2016 09:25PM

Taraji P. Henson's career has catapulted her to fame, thanks to Empire.

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