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Empire season 2: Al Sharpton, Andre Leon Talley to guest star in premiere

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It helps to have friends in high places.

Empire’s imprisoned patriarch Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) will get the support of two very powerful real-life figures in the season 2 premiere: EW can exclusively reveal that Reverend Al Sharpton and fashion icon André Leon Talley will both appear when the Fox hit returns on Sept. 22.

The pair will show their support for the embattled music CEO at an epic, outdoor “Free Lucious” concert, seen in promos for the show.

Sharpton and Talley join a growing list of famous faces set to join Empire’s highly anticipated second season, including Marisa Tomei, Chris Rock, Ludacris and Pitbull.

From now until our huge fall TV preview hits newsstands Sept. 10, EW is bringing you 50 scoops in 50 days. Follow the hashtag #50Scoops50Days on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with the latest, and check EW.com/50Scoops50Days for all the news and surprises.

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