Iman Shumpert Says ‘Empire’ Copied off Him and Teyana Taylor

Photo Credit: Instagram
Photo Credit: Instagram

By: Amanda Anderson-Niles

R&B singer Teyana Taylor has found love with Cleveland Cavaliers player Iman Shumpert, but the NBA player says they haven’t found love with FOX’s smash hit “Empire” because they feel the writers copied off their relationship for the basis of Hakeem Lyon and Tiana’s brief romance.

Iman tells Chris Haynes of Northeast Ohio Media Group:

“They’re using my girl’s character, her style, her look and she’s not getting anything for it. They didn’t even change her name. They could have at least let my girl audition for the part instead of stealing her character completely.

“And come on man, they’re really using a guy with a flat top like me. Come on. That’s ridiculous. They never called us. We were blindsided. We found out by our family and fans when the show aired.

“I don’t see how they can deny it. Everybody knows.”


  1. Negro, please sit your thirsty a-s down somewhere. No ones been talking about you or your girl for a minute, so this is just you trying to use Empire for a comeup. Like y’all the only couple with a flat top, and curly hair out there. FOH!!!

  2. So we’re supposed to believe Lee Daniels even knows who Teyana Taylor is? And Iman Shumpert too? LOL. Teyana’s album couldn’t even go foil but this dude thinks she’s known enough to model a FOX show after.

  3. Actually, Tiana and Hakeem were inspired by Rihanna and Chris. Rihanna had the big curly hair/weave in the beginning of her career and everyone felt like them dating was good for their images when they were younger. I’ma need for Mr. Shumpert to humble himself. Instagram likes doesn’t mean you’re a star.

    1. Exactly. For right now, I’ve heard the show is copied from:

      Jay Z
      Diddy’s sons
      Lil Kim
      Joseline Hernandez
      Suge Knight
      Master P
      My little cousin
      My First grade teacher
      Teyana Tyalor & Iman Shumpert
      Foxy Brown
      Dame Dash
      Ja Rule
      The Cookie Monster
      My ex boyfriend

      Did I miss anyone?

  4. Nobody is thinking about them though. I thought they were supposed to be Rihanna and Chris. And Teyana needs to stop acting like she invented curly weaves. She ain’t the first or the last to rock that. Sheesh.

  5. I think people are being delusional. Everyone and their momma thinks this show is about them or inspired by their life. But the show is popular so I guess people just want to be attached to it somehow.

  6. If he don’t sit his a-s down somewhere Teyana come get your delusional a-s man. It just amazes me everybody thinks Empire is about them even my neighbor thinks Empire is based on his life and he is white smh have a stadium of seats Iman.

  7. He has to smoking that good sh-t. The only people who came to mind when Hakeem got with Tiana is Chris and Rihanna.

  8. Please. Anyway, I believe that the actors are wonderful at portraying their characters; when I watch Hakeem and Tiana, I think of Hakeem and Tiana, the fictional characters. The thought of real people, couples, etc., are not in my mind. But that’s just me 🙂

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