Teyana Taylor, Boyfriend Accuse ‘Empire’ of Stealing
We, at the JET are stretching our imagination with this one.
Singer Teyana Taylor and NBA baller Iman Shumpert claim the creators of Empire used their relationship as a muse for the show’s Hakeem and Tiana storyline.
Shumpert, who was recently traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, tells Northeast Media Group, that the couple was “blindsided” by the character similarities.
They’re using my girl’s character, her style, her look and she’s not getting anything for it. And come on, man, they’re really using a guy with a flat-top like me. That’s ridiculous. They never called us.”
Empire encompasses music, entertainment and is heavily industry influenced. Who’s to say musings and inspiration didn’t come from a collection of artists and business politics?
True, Tiana and Teyana are both singers and dancers that deliver a sleek sex appeal, then again so does Rihanna, Beyoncé, Sevyn Streeter, Kelly Rowland, and … well, you get the point.
Though the Ti/Teyana’s claim offers a bit more validity, Iman, your hair claim is bogus. Hakeem, real name Bryshere Gray, was rocking that style prior to Empire. Close, but no cigar.
Um, Teyana and Iman just be flattered and enjoy the show. This battle is not something you want.
Side-eyes all around. Lol!