Monday, March 09, 2015

Jussie Smollett: Yeah, I'm Proud [Being Gay] In Real Life Too...

Jussie Smollett is making the news clear about his personal life.

The Fox hit drama Empire keeps pulling in.

Everybody love some Cookie. The character is played by Taraj P. Henson. Her and her estrange husband Lucious Lyon are co owners of Empire Entertainment. Cookie spent time in the iron college and she came out swinging. She became the breakout character of the show. Cookie is trying to get back with Lucious and bring the family back together. She is also a motivator. She is the woman who gets what she wants whenever she wants.

Lucious is dealing with the ALS disease that may end his life. He's trying to figure out who's capable of running his business in the likelihood he passes. He has three sons, Andre, Jamal and Hakeem. Lucious is caught between loving his fiance Anika and his ex-wife Cookie. He's also competing with his former mentor in this battle for success. Lucious is played by Terrance Howard.

Andre is the oldest son. He's ruthless, cunning and just about as cutthroat as his father. But deep within Andre is the fact he is bipolar. Lucious doesn't approve of his marriage to a White woman. Andre struggles with resentment towards his talented brothers. He felt that during his younger days, he lost out the childhood trying to help Jamal and Hakeem through their days. Trai Byers plays Andre.

Hakeem is the youngest. He's a rapper and the hard head of the family. He's spoiled. He's apparently the favorite son of Lucious. He is a player of sorts. He's trying to bound with his mother Cookie. While being the famed-obsessed son, Hakeem is the most controversial of the group. He went off on paparazzi and called out President Barack Obama. He is played by Bryshere Gray.
Fox's breakout series Empire broke records. This is the highest watched series. Black viewers make up 80% of the viewing audience.
The middle child is Jamal. Jamal was in the beginning a closeted gay singer. But in some episodes he came out and made Lucious upset. Jamal is the father of a daughter and is struggling to find himself in a world where gay Black singers are often ridiculed. Cookie loves Jamal and she is proud he came out despite Lucious threatening to end ties with him. The irony of this is that art intimidates life.

Jamal is played by Jussie Smollett, a famed actor and singer. He and his siblings are professional actors.

Today, the news broke that Jussie acknowledged his sexuality.

Smollett acknowledged that he's gay. And he's proud of that. It kind of forced out when Malik Yoba, told the junk food media that Jussie is "openly gay" and his passionate about LGBT rights.

"Empire" star Jussie Smollett opened up about his sexuality for the first time in an intimate interview with Ellen DeGeneres.

Interestingly, the 31-year-old actor opted to arrange a backstage chat with DeGeneres after his official appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," which airs March 9, to speak about the subject. However, he stopped short of using the terms "gay" and "bisexual" in the clip.

"It was really important to me to make sure that it got across that there is no closet," he said. "There’s never been a closet that I’ve been in. I don’t own a closet, I got a dresser, but I don’t have a closet, but I have a home and that is my responsibility to protect that home."

He then quipped, "My mama knows, my mama likes me a lot and yes, I take her to 'The Sound of Music' sing-along every single year."

"Empire" has already received heaps of praise for its gay-inclusive plot. On the smash Fox series, Smollett plays Jamal Lyon, an openly gay singer-songwriter who is the ex-boyfriend of Michael Sanchez (Rafael de La Fuente).

In his "Ellen" appearance, Smollett revealed that he landed his "Empire" audition after sending co-creator Lee Daniels a private message on Instagram. He was called back for seven auditions before he got the role.

Smollett also signed a deal with Sony Urban this year.

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