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The 2015 Emmy nomination announcement is tomorrow. And before we find out who the nominees are, “EMPIRE” stars Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard bring the heat on EMMY magazine’s latest cover. There’s no doubt the show will nab a few nominations this year. On another cover, the “Orange Is The New Black” ladies shine on ESSENCE magazine’s July 2015 BODY inssue. Peep the covers inside….

The debut season of FOX’s Hip Hop family drama has seen unprecedented success, breaking viewer ratings week after week and becoming a staple in pop culture. And their huge success continues as the leading stars, Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard land the cover of EMMY magazine, released days before the nominations are announced.

With its diverse cast, compelling storylines and infectious music (produced by Timbaland) EMPIRE has pushed the envelope and captured the nation by storm. But, before all of the fanfare and rave reviews, Terrance Howard admits in the beginning, he didn’t think people would accept it. He told the publication,

“I didn’t know that the American public was really ready to tackle some of these issues that we’re tackling, especially the African-American population,” Howard says. “With the homophobia that runs through there, I didn’t think a lot of the scenes that we’ve had would be welcome. I thought 20 minutes in[to the first episode], by the time they had the first [same-sex] kiss, it would be a wrap. Everybody would change the channel.”

Well…he certainly was wrong…and likely doesn’t mind it. Ha!

Breakout star Taraji P. Henson, who made history as the first black woman to receive the Critics’ Choice Best Actress In A Drama Series Award, has been having an incredible year after debuting as the slick-mouth Cookie Lyon on the hip hopera. The YBF chick recalls the time her father predicted she would blow up like she is now, sitting at his bedside in the hospital right before he passed away from cancer.

She said,

“He was like, ‘Baby, that ain’t nothin’. You are going to be a sensation,'” the Empire star recounts now. “He was looking off into the distance, and I think he saw what was coming.

“At the time, I was like, ‘What you see? Shoot, I want to see it! Time went on, and I’m getting older. I ain’t no spring chicken. I’m thinking, ‘Maybe the Oscar [nod] was it.’ Then [Empire] comes along, and it blows up, and it’s like, ‘Okay, Daddy, this is what you were talking about.’ He saw this moment right here.”

Beautiful. This issue hits newstands June 9th. We’ll keep you posted on the Emmy noms once they are announced tomorrow.

Another show nabbing a magazine cover….

The “Orange Is The New Black” cast glowed in an array of orange hues for the cover of ESSENCE magazine’s July 2015 BODY issue, celebrating spotlights the many shapes and sizes of beauty. And the ladies are looking amazing on this cover.

“OITNB” stars Laverne Cox, Uzo Aduba, Danielle Brooks, Samira Wiley, Vicky Jeudy and Adrienne C. Moore dish to ESSENCE on how they learned to love themselves in spite of their flaws and being “sexy at every size.”

TIME magazine cover girl Laverne Cox describes the steps she takes to loving every piece of her being, saying,

“This is intense, and it’s hard. What I’ve been doing is looking in the mirror and listing all the things I have an issue with and then saying, ‘This is beautiful.’ I just go down the list and tell myself, ‘You have to accept that this is you today.’ I make time to do this.”

We’re taking notes on this great advice…

Emmy winner Uzo Aduba reveals it took her some time before she accepted her signature smile. She says, “For the majority of my first 18 years, I hated my gap. My mom would tell me that in Nigeria, it’s a sign of beauty. I was like, ‘We’re in Massachusetts.'”

She continues, “Today there’s not a selfie or personal photo I take where I’m not smiling wide. It sometimes feels as if I’m making up for lost smiles.”

The fab cover will be on newsstands soon.

Photos: Mike Ruiz/Aardvark Artists via Emmy Magazine/ESSENCE

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