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With the success of Empire and the hit show opening the gates for more diversity in Hollywood, Lee Daniels is sitting pretty being among those at the top of the TV game right now.

And he’s not shy about voicing his preferences when it comes to the series he helped created, as evidenced during a recent roundtable discussion in the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter.

“I don’t know what gives me more pleasure: watching my story unfold or going in and watching a room full of black people talking for me and writing words for black people,” Daniels said when asked if he felt more pressure to diversity his group of talent after the success of “Empire.” “I hate white people writing for black people; it’s so offensive. So we go out and look specifically for African-American voices. Yes, it’s all about reverse racism!”

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Written by Lauren Beasley, Digital Producer of The Morning Heat and Sports Editor of Radio One Detroit.


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