Naturi Naughton says the two African American-led dramas are wildly different

By Derek Lawrence
June 23, 2017 at 03:45 PM EDT

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Power and Empire may have a bit of a rivalry, but the stars of Power want to make it clear that they are two very different shows.

Ahead of Sunday’s season 4 premiere, Naturi Naughton, Lela Loren, and Rotimi stopped by Entertainment Weekly: The Show to preview the hit Starz drama. During the discussion, Naughton, who plays Tasha St. Patrick, dismissed lazy comparisons between Power and Fox’s Empire.

“There is no comparison, really,” said Naughton. “I feel like the community, it could be the urban community, it could be Hollywood, trying to loop us all in together because there’s a black lead, there’s a black female wife who is like the boss, Tasha and Cookie [Taraji P. Henson]. We’re not all the same. And if you watch Power, you’ll know we’re not the same. I actually think that they’ve outgrown that facade.”

Power star and executive producer 50 Cent hasn’t been shy about dissing Empire. Among his repeated shots at the music drama is an Instagram post in which he wrote, “EMPIRE is some s— you should get for free. Now that power is worth paying for, STARZ premium cable.”

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