Writer/director Lee Daniels has persuaded his friend Mariah Carey to make a guest appearance on the forthcoming season of the Fox drama “Empire.” Carey won’t have to step too far outside of herself for the role. According to Entertainment Weekly, Carey will play Kitty, a superstar singer who wants to collaborate with Empire Records’ Jamal Lyon on a song. The episode will air on Wednesday, Oct 5 at 9 p.m. EST/PT. It’s been 17 years since Eric Benet and Tamia’s 1999 duet “Spend My Life With You” topped the Billboard Hot R&B Singles Chart. Now it looks like the two have reunited for another gem. As posted on their Instagram pages, the duo is back in the studio working “on something amazing”, Tamia stated in a short Instagram video. Benet posted a photograph of the two in the studio. It looks like they’re working on some incredible material. President Barack Obama’s 55th birthday may have been Thursday, but the party was Friday, and from all celebrity accounts, it was an amazing event. According to TMZ, the stars aligned for the president’s birthday bash at the White House, which was his last as President of the United States. The star studded bash contained a celebrity guest list which included Beyoncé and Jay Z, Usher, Common, Jordin Sparks, Timbaland, singer Tamia and her husband Grant Hill, rappers Pusha T and Kendrick Lamar, Nick Jonas, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend and Stevie Wonder. Non-musical celebrities who attended the event included Tyler Perry, Will Farrell, NBA player Chris Paul, Sarah Jessica Parker, Gayle King, Samuel L. Jackson, Al Rocker, director George Lucas, “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, fashion designer Jason Wu and Rev. Al Sharpton. He began his career as Lil Bow Wow, then dropped the Lil when he matured and ventured into acting, now he’s hanging up the mic. After completing an Australian tour, Bow Wow, born Shad Moss, announced in a series of tweets that he’s giving up the mic at age 29, but not before releasing one more album. Bow Wow began rapping at the age of six. He came to the attention of Snoop Dogg, who gave him the name Lil Bow Wow. A short time later, producer Jermaine Dupri took the rapper under his wing releasing his debut album “Beware The Dog” in 2000. The album included a collaboration with Snoop Dogg “Bow Wow (That’s My Name)” as well as the single “Bounce With Me” (featuring Xscape) and “Puppy Love” featuring Jagged Edge. He followed with his sophomore album “Doggy Bag” in 2002, which went platinum. He also dropped the Lil from his name the same year. Subsequent albums include “Unleased” in 2003 and “Wanted” in 2005. He teamed up with Omarion for a collaborative project titled “Face Off” in 2007, which charted lower than previous efforts. His most recent album was “New Jack City 2”, which contained collaborations with Soulja Boy, Nelly, Dupri, T. I., T-Pain and Trey Songs. After promoting a new album on Cash Money Records for several years, Bow Wow announced that he’d signed with Bad Boy Records. Given his history in the entertainment industry, Sunday’s tweets included an extended list of accomplishments, including the fact that he made $20 million off rapping and was invited to the White House. As for the future, he says in addition to three unnamed television shows he’s working on, he’s focusing on acting and hosting. He’s producing two television shows this year. He frequently stepped away from music to act. He appeared in the films “Like Mike”, “Roll Bounce”, “Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift”, “Hurricane Season”, “Lottery Ticket” and “Scary Movie 5.” He also had television roles on “Ugly Betty”, “Entourage” and “Smallville”. In addition, he hosted “106 & Park” for two years. Now that he’s moving on, he says he’s completing his latest album, which will be executive produced by he and Snoop Dogg and be bundled into a movie. No release date has been announced for the album.