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EMPIRE’s Jussie Smollett On Being Openly Gay In Hollywood: "No One Is Going To Tell Me That Somehow That Is Going To Be My Disability."

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When Empire returns for its third season on Fox, the breakout star of the series, the multi-talented Jussie Smollett, will be back in his key role of Jamal, the most talented son in the Lyon Dynasty who also happens to be gay.

And as fans of the sudsy drama have gotten to know Smollett via his social media, his interviews, and on his appearance in 2015 when he came out publicly to Ellen DeGeneres on her daytime talk show, he is the real deal not shying away from who he is, and who he loves.

In an upcoming feature in the September issue of UK’s Attitudes on sale next week on August 17th, Smollett is featured on the cover alongside supermodel, longtime friend, and Empire co-star, Naomi Campbell (Camilla).  Inside the piece, Jussie talks his truth being openly gay in Hollywood, and if it has hindered his career.

Smollett related: “I am told so many times that I should not walk truly in my blackness, that I should not walk truly in my sexuality, I should not walk truly in who I am.  I say thanks but no thanks, f**k you and goodbye.  I honestly think that me being myself has actually helped my career move forward.”

The 33-year-old star added: “I get tired of the idea of someone telling me what my truth is.  I’ve said from the beginning of my journey:  I do not hide who I am.  I love who I love.  No one is going to tell me that somehow that is going to be my disability.”

And nothing has stopped Jussie from his career goals even while being out.  He is back on Empire, recording his first album – and recently just wrapped filming acclaimed director Ridley Scott’s  motion picture Alien: Covenant.

What do you think about Jussie’s thoughts on staying true to who he is and not let Hollywood try to tell him to be someone other than who he is?   Isn’t it a lesson we should all learn from – embrace who we are?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Jussie is whom he is and nobody should ever have need to explain themselves for being who they are, ever. Walk tall ..

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Jussie Smollett/ Jamal– I do not care for his style of music and FF most of his songs..
I like Bryshere Gray/ Hakeem– his songs are good, no FF ..))))

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In with the good air out with the bad..su0000 you are priceless lol

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hes awesome, some gay actors still in the closet should read this, theres no shame to be who you are, i dont get why PR and management in Hollywood force actors to stay in he closet that is so wrong !! 🙂 Awesome Jussie

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Bravo to this talented young entertainer. His co-hosting with Kelly is priceless and should move to the front if the line with that job.

His preferences as to whom he loves makes no difference to me in the least.

God speed on your journey!

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Jussie Smollett Releases New Rap Single ‘Thank You God’ Speaking On the Injustice of His Court Case

Now that former Empire star, Jussie Smollett (Ex-Jamal Lyon) is out of jail while appealing his conviction for the 2019 Chicago hate crime hoax, in which he was at the epicenter, the singer/actor wasted no time dropping a rap single.

On his Instagram account, Smollett posted a short clip of a new rap song, which speaks about his court case and the injustices brought down upon him by the system.

The track entitled,“Thank You God,” features Smollett rapping lyrics like: “You think I’m stupid enough to kill my reputation?”  He also raps, that there will come a day when he can sit down and talk with his followers.  He gives a mention to “D.L.” who many believe is CNN anchor, Don Lemon, who was originally one of Smollett’s main advocates.

Jussie served 10 days of jail time of his sentence of 150 days before being released . He also has 30 months of probation ahead of him and was ordered to pay $120,106 to the city of Chicago and a $25,000 fine for his actions.

Smollett says any funds raised for “Thank You God” will be donated to the Illinois Innocence Project, Rainbow Push, Secure The Bag Safety.

Check out Jussie’s Instagram post containing the rap below/

Now let us know, what do you think about Smollett releasing this track and still defending his innocence? Comment below.

 

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‘Empire’ Star, Jussie Smollett, Sentenced to 150 Days In Jail For Fake Hate Crime Attack

Late Thursday, former Empire actor and singer, Jussie Smollett, was sentenced in Chicago more than three months after being found guilty on five felony counts to the alleged 2019 hate crime hoax that made national headlines, and got the actor fired from the former Fox primetime drama series.

In the sentencing, Smollett was sentenced to 150 days starting immediately.  In addition, he received 30 months’ probation, and has to pay the city of Chicago $120,106 in restitution, plus Jussie received an additional $25,000 fine.

Cook County Judge James Linn, who levied the sentence, came down hard in his words on Smollett due his actions noting he was, “selfish, arrogant and narcissistic.”  The judge added, “You wanted to make yourself more famous throwing a national pity party for yourself. You’re just a charlatan, pretending to be the victim of a hate crime.”

Linn went in on Smollett for his ‘performance’ and ‘pure perjury’ when the actor took to the witness stand in his own defense last year.

At the end of his sentencing, Smollett pulled down his mask to speak. He then let everyone in the courtroom know that he feels he is innocent, adding, “Your honor, I respect you and I respect the jury, but I did not do this. And I am not suicidal. And if anything happens to me when I go in there, I did not do it to myself. And you must all know that.”

Just before he was taken into custody, Smollett yelled again that he was innocent and raised a fist in the air as he exited.

Watch the sentencing of Jussie Smollett below, then weigh-in.  Did Smollett get enough of a sentence for his crime? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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Ex-‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett Found Guilty On Five Counts For Hate Crime Hoax

Jussie Smollett (Ex-Jamal Lyon) from Fox’s former primetime soap opera, Empire, was found guilty on Thursday on five of six felony counts of disorderly conduct stemming from making a false report to the Chicago police department that he was the victim of a hate crime.

The actor’s account of the story dates back to 2019 and finally made its way to the Chicago court system for trial.

In the end, a jury of six men and six women deliberated for more than nine hours Wednesday and today to return the verdict after sitting through testimonies of 13 witnesses.

According to reports, Smollett did not look at his family or the judge during the reading of the verdicts on the six counts he was charged instead he looked at the jury members.

Smollett could face up to 3 years in a prison and a $25,000 fine, Judge James Linn will have discretion in imposing a concurrent or consecutive sentence for each count.  That will happen at a later date.

Special prosecutor Dan Webb said at a post-verdict news conference: “Mr. Smollett would not have lost this case as he did today unless the jury found that he lied to them. The fact that he came up with a completely ridiculous story to explain his misconduct did not apparently have an impact on the jury’s verdict.”

During the trial brothers, Bola and Ola Osundairo testified that Smollett had paid them to stage the hate crime attack on him in an attempt to get media attention.  The brothers testified that they fake punched Smollett, poured bleach on him, put a noose around his neck and used racist and homophobic slurs, because Jussie told them to do so in return for the money.

According to Smollett’s defense team, they will appeal the verdict.

So, what do you think about the guilty verdict for Jussie Smollett? Comment below.

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