The show is casting for a teenaged lesbian/butch rapper named Betty Barbz. The casting notice says that tteenager who wins the role must be “moody, outspoken, and unapologetically butch” — with emphasis on butch. Not unlike openly gay rapper Siya (pictured) who stars in Oxygen’s reality show, Sisterhood of Hip Hop.
Betty’s raw talent has helped her win “more rhyme battles and girls’ hearts than the best male vets on her block.” Betty Barz’s plot line will center around her absentee father and her new rap deal with Empire Entertainment.
Her father is absentee because he’s serving time in prison for trafficking drugs. The confused Betty Barz transforms herself into the father she never had. But will her talent lift her to new heights or send her crashing to the pavement?
Empire’s other rumored and confirmed gay or bisexual cast members include Jussie Smollet, Raven-Symone, Bryshere Y. Gray and Grace Gealey. Lee Daniels the producer is also gay. Empire returns in September. See more casting at http://www.BlacksinHolywood.com