Jussie Smollett, left, and Terrence Howard have a strained father-son relationship in “Empire” because Smollett’s character, Jamal Lyon, is gay. Howard plays his father, Lucious Lyon, who spends the season coming to terms with his homophobia.
Jussie Smollett, left, and Terrence Howard have a strained father-son relationship in “Empire” because Smollett’s character, Jamal Lyon, is gay. Howard plays his father, Lucious Lyon, who spends the season coming to terms with his homophobia. Chuck Hodes AP
Jussie Smollett, left, and Terrence Howard have a strained father-son relationship in “Empire” because Smollett’s character, Jamal Lyon, is gay. Howard plays his father, Lucious Lyon, who spends the season coming to terms with his homophobia. Chuck Hodes AP

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