Jussie Smollett, Yaz & Gabourey Sibide seemed to enjoy themselves at the Essence Festival. The Empire cast got together and addressed their fans directly as the sat on a panel to discuss the success of the show and the overwhelming response it has received thus far. As they sat on the Essence panel, they talked about how much they love the diversity of characters on their hit show Empire. They also talk about Shonda Rhimes influence and how she has pioneered a movement to have more diversity on television. Check out the clip below.