Sunday we had an honour and privilege of having breakfast on Justin “Jussie” Smollett of Empire at the Hyatt Hotel in Rosebank courtesy of Fox together with DStv. The entire conference was well administered by the lovely Nandi Madida. Prior the conference we had a quick bite (eats) session as well as a young chat with the hostess Nandi. She spoke about motherhood and how she’s enjoying each and every moment of the experience. She also gave us a brief low-down of why we were there, which you will see on ZeebaTV on our YouTube channel as early as possible.
The grounded Jussie (pronounced as JASSIE) came in a regalia that sort of resembles our late great struggle Icon Tat’ Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, The Madeba Shirt kind-a style.
Here’s some of the things we didn’t know about our Jussie:
- He has an album out.
- He has been involved with South Africa (indirectly) since he was 15 years old.
- He is hoping to buy a compound/house here in Mzantsi, chances are, we might be bumping to Jussie at our malls soon.
- He is a philanthropist.
- He believes that we’re all equal.
- Says Donald Trump must kiss is Black arse, as far as he’s concerned… this was part of his response when he was probed about Trumps new laws and or anti-gay/trans legislations.
- He is a sweet and kind person.
- He shot (shooting) a music video in SA.
- He loves South Africa.
And Here are some facts about him:
Actor & Singer
Birth Date: June 21, 1982
Age: 35 Years Old
Height: 1.82 M
Born In: Santa Rosa, California, U.S.
Siblings: Jake, Jojo, Jocqui, Jazz, Jurnee
Jussie shedding a tear while talking about his connection to South Africa.
His first major performance was in the short lived sitcom ‘On Our Own’. The show ran for one season incorporating 20 episodes before the show was cancelled. Yet the star cast including Jussie’s performance as child artist was critically appraised.
His return to the industry in the 2012 American rom-com movie ‘The Skinny’ where he played a homosexual affluent medical student, received good reviews. The movie was released in selected theatres and his excellent portrayal of the character ‘Magnus’ was credited.
Jussie Smollett joined the cast of Empire in 2014.
Jussie has an EP called the ‘Poisoned Hearts Club’.
In 2016, ‘Empire’ was placed amongst the top 50 television shows by the ‘New York Times’.
In 2017, he again won a ‘NAACP Image Awards’ for his portrayal of Jamal Lyon in ‘Empire’ in the category of ‘Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series’
Jesse has signed a record deal with the reputed Columbia Records.
Here some images we took at the conference:
Jussie has the best (facial) expressions, we tell yah!
Jussie with Lesley Mofokeng.
Mrs Nandi Madida.
True Love’s Phila Tyekana with Nandi.
A closer look at his transport, we heart these!
Some members of the media.
Luthando had a chance to be with Jussie as well.
And we also got a chance to rub shoulders not only with Justin Jussie Smollett alone but with Frank Gatson
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Additional commentary by Zeeba