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Jussie Smollett      

Actor and Singer Starring in Fox's, "Empire"

Jussie Smollett is an American actor, singer and photographer. Smollett is best known as an actor, in films such as 1992's The Mighty Ducks, North, and The Skinny. He was born in Santa Rosa, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. He is known primarily for his work on On Our Own with his brothers Jojo, Jake, and Jocqui and his sisters Jazz and Jurnee Smollett.

Smollett made his first acting role debut as Salem Bordeaux in 1991's televised movie A Little Piece of Heaven, followed by other tv series such as, Queen and Coach. TO match his acting skills, Smollett is also a talented singer and songwriter. In 2010, Smollett released a sampler titled, The Poisoned Hearts Club which features the single "Get Em Up" which is currently available on iTunes.

In 2012, he returned with two major projects. Smollett released the EP Poisoned Hearts Club and starred in the independent film The Skinny. He also appeared on the popular Mindy Kaling sitcom The Mindy Project.

With his career picking up momentum, Smollett landed roles in the action movie Born to Race: Fast Track (2014) and drama Ask Me Anything (2014) as well as a guest spot on the TV show Revenge. The following year, Smollett made his debut in his greatest role to date, playing Jamal Lyon in the musical drama Empire, which has become a ratings giant.

Jamal is the gay middle child of African-American music titan Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) and his ex-con ex-wife Cookie (Taraji Henson). While supported by his tenacious mother, he has a difficult relationship with his father because Lucious doesn't accept Jamal's sexual orientation. But viewers have had quite a different reaction to the character, who's served as an inspiration to many. As Smollett told Vanity Fair, "I received a letter from a kid that said Jamal gave him the courage to come out to his parents. It touched me deeply and it's an honor to help people."

While previously avoiding questions about his personal life, Smollett did come out as gay in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres on her daytime talk show. He told her wasn't intentionally withholding his sexuality, just guarding his own privacy. Smollett said that "there's never been a closet that I've been in" but he has a "responsibility to protect" his own "home."

As Jamal, Smollett has been able to showcase his own talents as a singer and songwriter on the show. He contributed several songs to the Empire soundtrack, which has become a huge hit. The success of Empire has also helped Smollett score his own deal with Columbia Records.


Empire Star Jussie Smollett To Headline ESSENCE Empowerment Experience Panel

Jussie Smollett, star of FOX’s hit TV show Empire, is joining with Greater Than AIDS and the Black AIDS Institute to headline a special ESSENCE Empowerment Experience panel in New Orleans on Friday, July 3rd on “The Power of Love & Family: Ending AIDS in Black America,” moderated by Soledad O'Brien.

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GLAAD and Interscope Records today released “Hands,” a musical tribute to the victims of Orlando.

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