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Taraji P. Henson is hosting “Saturday Night Live” this weekend. And she’s channeling her alter ego Cookie Lyon in the new promo clips. Peep Taraji’s slap game and check out her “Empire” co-star Terrence Howard starring in Madonna’s new video “Ghosttown” inside…

The debut season of “Empire” closed with much success. And the stars of the show are still at work.

Breakout star Taraji P. Henson has been tapped to host “SNL” this weekend, with musical guest Mumford & Sons. And it appears Cookie Lyon will be making an appearance.

In a promo clip for the upcoming episode, Taraji, rocking a BCBGMAXAZRIA Farrell fringe jacket, channels Cookie as she tries to help actor/comedian Taran Killam in a number of situations that call for him to tap into his inner “gangsta.”

In the skits, Taran asks Taraji is she anything like her on-screen character, which resulted in her slapping him in the face. Then she says, “’Don’t ask questions you won’t like the answers to little boy.” Ha!

In another take, Taran tries to pitch an idea for a new show–an “Empire” inspired soap called “Umpire,” which would follow a family of baseball umpires. Ha!

Check it below:

Catch Taraji in action this Saturday at 11:30pm ET on NBC.

There’s another “Empire” star still in the news….

Terrence Howard stars in Madonna’s newest visuals for her track “Ghosttown” from her newly released album Rebel Heart.

In the video, Terrence and Madonna are survivors of a nuclear explosion. Once they realize neither of them are a threat to the other, they engage in a love tango (with Terrence showing off his footwork) and then walk off into the night. Check it above.

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