Aired 9 months ago - Mar 28, 2018
Carlotta is devastated after the fire that resulted in someone's death. As she tries to pick up the pieces, her mother, Miss Christine, and sister, Cassie, unexpectedly show up. Meanwhile, Star struggles to hide her jealousy and feelings for Noah, while Gigi decides to do "Take 3" a favor that could put them back on the map
But we gonna get through it.
This place ain't gonna clean itself.
The only thing that can
fix our lives is our dream.
course they think I
burned down my own salon.
Cassie, you're really trying it.
Noah, Noah, your boo's here.
- Derek found us backstage, and we...
as I faked for you, consider us even.
I-It's not strange having
them stay here, is it?
I'm-a get you a new therapist.
They're screaming "Alex and
Noah." That's what I hear.
less alcohol and
definitely no more cocaine.
- I was just...
- You were already in.
and, uh, she's gonna take it from there.
I'm sorry about Carlotta.
You know, she's good people.
Okay, listen, you got it
all twisted, all right?
Yo, this ain't a game to us.
It's not like I'm hiding something, Ma.
There's radio people out there tonight.
The new hook you just put
on "Bossy" is the exact same.
to take people away from you
♪ I can be the man she needs ♪
♪ I don't mean to hurt you, baby ♪
- ♪ Oh, baby ♪
- ♪ Where I wanna be. ♪
I was just confused.
Tell Carlotta we'll be in in a minute.
I'm sorry I didn't know her.
- I know. Okay.
- It don't matter.
Oh, you been on the radio before?
Go get it.
Y'all used to get lit after
every service on Sunday.
You picked a side.
You thought I couldn't protect you?
Aired a year ago - Dec 13, 2017
With the showcase finally here, it's time for the Midtown artists to put all their hard work to the test and prove they have what it takes to win. In the process, relationships are tested, ruined and sparked. Meanwhile, Carlotta's salon is under fire in more ways than one, turning everyone's world upside-down.
Ms. Brown, we're shutting down
And where have you been while we've
been busting our ass over here?
What have you gotten me into, Bruce?
I mean, why does it really matter?
Your sexy-ass daddy. Mm!
I know you're here, Elliot.
Your car's out front.
If we get two million social
media impressions off this show,
I guess nothing, which means you're a
bigger snake than I thought you were.
- What is it? What...
Uh-huh, a little dr...
Did you hear what happened?
and then I handed them to you
on a silver platter.
Cotton, you know exactly who did this.
Oh, no, honey. Uh-uh.
And I want everyone else to know that.
You ready? It's time.
She's giving you this stuff
to control you.
- I can't wait! I have to find her.
- The last thing
I mean, I-I... I didn't even know
what was gonna happen. We...
We've already surpassed
our social media projections,
Do not scream. You understand?
I'm gonna do whatever it takes.
Aired a year ago - Dec 06, 2017
Although Carlotta enjoys spending more time with Maurice, her family remains her No. 1 priority and she'll let nothing stop her from protecting them. Meanwhile, things don't go as planned during an interview with radio hosts Headkrack and Da Brat,
which Midtown had arranged for its artists to promote the upcoming showcase. Also, Elliot is eager to take his relationship with Cotton to the next level, Jahil realizes he and Brody have a lot more in common than expected and the love triangle drama between Noah, Alex and Star intensifies.
Cotton, you better tell me the truth.
You know I've been through this.
I couldn't sleep last night, all right?
What are you doing in Ayanna's car?
you didn't win Atlanta NextFest.
Even though you almost pissed the
ladies off last week with that Becky.
- Wait. You're dropping our song?
Oh, please, it's public record
at the county courts.
Nor do I want to be in
a fake relationship, either.
I don't know... something
that surprises the viewers.
Maurice, this is an embarrassment.
That boy hurt her the same way
you used to hurt Mary.
Don't try to act like we cool now.
So I know that that Lucky thing
ain't got you shook.
I'm not talking about no pot.
What are you on?
♪ This ain't right ♪
Alex, trust me.
I know what Ayanna wants.
I got something to bury
that bitch for good.
I can get Simone back
if I blackmail her with it.
It's time to go hard,
or y'all can go home.
♪ Tell me, girl,
do you know what you want? ♪
- ♪ Seeing who and what I like ♪
- ♪ Ooh ♪
♪ Know that nothing can come ♪
I'm sorry, O,
Just don't get caught up.
I just wanted to be honest with you.
Aired a year ago - Nov 29, 2017
Star's jealousy finally kicks in when Noah and Alex begin spending more time together, both inside and outside of the studio. Ayanna throws a curveball, moving the showcase date up - giving everyone only two weeks to prepare. Worried about Cotton,
Carlotta and Jahil team up to get to the bottom of her recent change in behavior. Meanwhile, Maurice steps in to help Noah get back on his feet, when he notices him struggling to catch a break
Now we get justice.
But maybe GiGi was right
Come on, you guys just started dating.
You're in love. Little closer, come on.
Give me a latte. Skinny. Easy foam.
She is a grown woman, Lottie.
Wasn't nobody coming for
you but Midtown. Nobody.
That's what I'm talking about.
And then when you had nothing
to bet with,
You going up against folks
No. I'm not in the mood. You right.
- I know who you is.
- I was gonna tell you.
- Yeah, no, you weren't.
We overheard Miss Carlotta telling
Bruce that you were shoplifting.
- Chill out, man, come on...
- You know, Noah like the ho types.
I didn't tell him.
He's already got
more street cred than us.
Yo, social media is a grind.
We really talking
about social media right now?
- What if he calls the police?
- He ain't calling no police!
I hate when boys think
they're cute when they're not.
Oh, my God, oh, my God,
oh, my God, oh, my God.
'cause she has it all,
and I thought that...
just believe in you like that?
because she wants him back.
Anyway, look, I'm, uh... I'm gonna be
moving out first thing in the morning.
Oh, that's not an easy answer.
It makes you strong, beautiful.
Remember who I was then?
That's the real me.
It also kills talent,
and I don't want that to happen
Aired a year ago - Nov 15, 2017
With all of the flack the label is catching from the tragic police incident, Ayanna must quickly restore Midtown's image. Desperate for a spot in the showcase, the girls work on convincing hot recording artist Joyce Sheree to sing a featured verse
on one of their songs. Carlotta continues to fight for custody of Simone, a misleading photo of Noah and Alex goes viral and Cotton juggles two relationships. Meanwhile, Brody's motivation for his return to Atlanta.
We did that. Don't think
she doesn't recognize.
You need to shut this down.
I'll bet you feel good about yourself.
A little faster would be really nice.
I can't... I got curfew.
Did y'all forget?
Now, GiGi and Joyce are tight,
- What is it you're working on?
- It's a documentary.
The money you owe those people in Vegas,
And you won't put Midtown
in the middle of it.
This is a business.
And I've experienced firsthand
how women do better when
- Not a sec.
- I wasn't sure if you heard,
I'll call legal,
I know how it feels, friends dying,
$5K for the ticket, $5K for an outfit.
- Are you high right now?
Don't... do nothing stupid.
Yes, it is.
You're being humble,
but you know it's true.
"Why are you trying to tell me
how to do my culture?"
No, no, you have to delete that.
- They think we're together, and I think
- Yeah, she said she would help me out.
- They're my artists.
- They're a meal ticket for you,
The housekeeper will show you out.
and make it one
of the Floyd flagship labels...
No, I can't sing right now.
Look, I just wanted to make sure
I was... steady on my feet
I have to tell you something, too.
- What pictures?
- Come on, you want to do this?
Aired a year ago - Nov 08, 2017
Ayana is quickly reminded of the tremendous pressure she is under to make her family proud, when her father - a legendary music label executive - pays a visit to Midtown. Alex continues to be haunted by her lies to Derek; Star and Simone differ on
how best to deal with Brody's mysterious return; and Noah faces a tense encounter with the police during an event thrown by the label. Meanwhile, Jahil works on a plan to debut a new duo he's discovered, featuring his nephew, Angel, and Ayanna's assistant.
Aired a year ago - Oct 18, 2017
A rattled Star is reeling with emotions, while dealing with the sudden reappearance of her father. A huge opportunity for the girls to perform at the record label party is put into jeopardy after they react to learning that Ayanna has hired Rachel
Wells as the label's new social media strategist. Meanwhile, Derek struggles with facing the truth about his fate; Carlotta finds a place of solace; and Cotton begins to bond with her father, Jahil, over their shared pain.
Aired a year ago - Oct 11, 2017
While preparing for an upcoming TV appearance with recording artist Noah Brooks, the girls quickly learn that they will be singing backup instead of co-headlining the performance. Anxious for the girls' next big move, Carlotta turns to the new A&R
executive, Maurice, for help on a new deal. Meanwhile, Jahil tries his hand at producing music, Cotton struggles with starting her new job and Star comes face-to-face with an unexpected person from her past.
This ain't no HGTV makeover.
you're under, it's still following you.
What is this, Ayanna's Got Talent?
I'll deal with Ayanna.
- I might as well be you.
- What is that supposed to mean?
You were actual dead weight.
Ambushing the last president,
storming into Ayanna's office...
so I can sleep good tonight?
At least we're close
to the sticky buns place.
It's my show now.
Listen, don't let this
one performance define us.
- Alex, it's really good.
- It's not there.
Unlike that island remix you guys tried.
You're the fluffer.
Oh, I mean, not today, Jahil.
like there's no debris left behind.
Hey, you can wear that hat
if you want to.
Oh, I thought there was
only one act performing today.
They work for me.
What if it's not a waste of our time?
that's the weak-ass move
you pull when your music
Okay. "Not right now" is a good answer.
What are you listening to?
You don't look like no secretary to me.
Yeah. I'm great.
I'm 19, playing nurse to my man.
Ugh, I don't need this at all.
Aired a year ago - Oct 04, 2017
The girls receive a rude awakening when the fierce new label head, Ayanna, demands they re-brand their image in order to have a shot at competing with the label's other talented artists. A disgruntled Star chooses to take matters into her own hands,
causing tensions between her and Carlotta to escalate. Meanwhile, Alex, Simone and Cotton all struggle with adjusting to some major life changes.
Come on, who coming
for you wearing this?
Well, the marketing team,
they want to sit down
Crane, your father came out
of the gate swinging.
and that Rachel Dolezal
look's got to go.
He found out the terms of my probation
- Who is that?
- The point is, Bruce,
Did you not hear her say
she didn't like my music?
All right, let's try this again.
Code green to multipurpose, now!
- Girl, wrap it, honey.
- It's so flat.
- You look right at me.
- Okay, are you gonna be able to
So you gonna post it on your site?
Things happen, man.
Atlanta ain't no place for you.
Eh, you talking about
some girl... Carlotta.
and these label changes.
I mean, we need to keep up...
so we're gonna have to keep fighting.
I thought Atlanta NextFest would
have us leap-frog all this crap.
- And then do what?
- Whatever the hell she wants.
Is that a yes?
She knew that dropping
the dime on Leonard
if you didn't come tonight, if you,
if you didn't know what to do...
I'd still try to give you advice.
Say I won't!
I am security.
But if we do,
you put us back in the mix.
Aired a year ago - Sep 27, 2017
The girls with Carlotta as their manager – continue to face roadblocks, despite their victory at Atlanta NextFest. While still dealing with the repercussions of Hunter's death, Star goes to great lengths to assure that the group gets a release date
for their album. A frustrated Simone struggles with bullying and Alexandra moves in with Derek despite the hardships they've experienced. Meanwhile, Carlotta faces difficult decisions when it comes to managing the group, causing the STAR and EMPIRE worlds to collide as Jamal Lyon is sought for advice.
Crossover episode with Empire Season 4, Episode 1.
Well, I like to get to know my
artists on my label pretty intimately.
Shouldn't be too hard.
Um, Lucious was going to hook me up
from all the news stations
will be there.
Did they find out who killed them yet?
Yeah, I loved Hunter.
And it was overrated.
Be back by 10:00 p.m., Davis.
Don't make me call the cops.
My plan right now is to get
the label to give us a tour.
- we could get this done...
- Hey, hey, hey, look,
but we still need to have our standards.
If you want me there, I'm there.
- You just call me "sweetheart"?
- Excuse me?
How bad was it?
Yeah, welcome home.
- Hey, Unc.
- Hey, baby girl.
How it feel to be a freak?
You should not be encouraging
that child to smoke.
How am I supposed to get you back if
you're smoking weed outside my house?
Holland listened to the music.
Girl, that's your mama,
trying to get her coin.
How about, uh, "Bitch"?
Just the regular word? The way it is?
- Give me the phone. Come on.
after he got arrested. Ignore them.
You think they gonna hire me?
you could listen to one of our songs?
Tell us what you think is missing.
- Have a good one.
- Wait, you gonna take the bottle?
- Hey, yeah.
- Don't do that. Give me my headphones.
- It sounds perfect.
Star, I need you to go
downstairs and refill
He wanted it.
- Alex, play the track.
- Who is it?
- You ever heard of the Floyd family?
I don't even know what's going on.
It's like we're cursed or something.
He's in there. Hit it.
Can I get one
of the two of you together?
I truly wish that I had.