Actress Phylicia Rashad
Dario Calmese Jr.

Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Phylicia Rashad is joining the third season of Fox's Empire.

According to the press release, Rashad will portray Diana Dubois, a powerhouse from one of New York's oldest and most prominent African-American families. As the mother of ambitious city Councilman Angelo Dubois (guest star Taye Diggs), she has her sights set on higher office for her only son, and she'll stop at nothing to groom him.

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Diana's interactions with Cookie, Lucious and the rest of the Lyon clan will lay bare the stark class divides that can exist, even within the black community.

Rashad most recently appeared opposite Michael B. Jordan in Creed and of course is known for her role as Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show.

Empire returns Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on Fox.