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Taraji Henson and Terrence Howard pose on the red carpet at the Golden Globes

We're excited for this month, mostly because we are counting down to Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson coming back to FOX (DStv 125) for season four of Empire on Thursday, 28 September at 21:00.

While you wait, tune into Hustle & Flow this Sunday, 10 September on BET (DStv 129). Catch the inspirational Memphis hip-hop movie, Hustle & Flow, also starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. 

The film tells the story of DJay, a pimp who does whatever it takes to make his dream of becoming a rapper come true. Aside from being the first project in which Howard and Henson work together in roles centred around the music business (talk about foreshadowing!), Hustle & Flow was also a critically acclaimed success.

Here are a few facts about the film. 

In a display of true talent and dedication, Terrence Howard embodied the character of DJay by living in Memphis for some time before filming began. While he was there, he learned the dialect and immersed himself in the everyday lives of pimps and prostitutes. 

Howard, as DJay, says the word "man" about 221 times throughout the film.

Howard's performance earned him Best Actor nominations at the Oscars, the Teen Choice Awards and the Golden Globes.

The film is dedicated to the Memphis music scene, and features references to the likes of Otis Redding and Al Green in things like logos, costumes and of course, the dialogue. 

Watch Hustle & Flow at 20:00 this Sunday, 10 September on BET (DStv 129). And for an extra dose of inspiration, don't miss Coach Carter (starring the inimitable Samuel L Jackson) on Saturday, 9 September at 20:00 on BET.

Set a reminder on your Explora to watch Empire within 24 hours of airing in the U.S or record Empire on FOX later this month for more Howard/Henson magic.