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New Video: Jussie Smollett – “F.U.W.”

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This record and accompanied visual by singer, songwriter, activist, actor, director and Empire‘s own Jussie Smollett combats the race-baiting, bigotry and xenophobia of the current administration, but also is a brilliant examination of the black and minority experience in America now.

“This is not a single. It’s not a song to promote the series. It’s an artistic expression. My view of this sick cycle, an era in which we must fight our way out of before it’s too late. This view of unity is something they may never understand. That is why it is up to us. Train your daughters and sons to be soldiers of love, despite and in spite of this F#$* Up World,” explains Jussie Smollett.

Take a look at the visual above.

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Entertainment FLY Performances

The ‘Empire’ Cast, Chris Brown, Patti Labelle, Tank, John Legend, Mary J. Blige Perform for ‘Taraji & Terrence’s White Hot Holidays’ Special [Video]

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The Lyons (Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard, Jussie Smollett & Bryshere “Yazz” Gray) brought a superb presentation to the main stage, only this time out of their actual Empire characters, but as themselves, performing with the likes of: John Legend, Chris Brown, Tank, Patti Labelle, Mary J. Blige and more.

Chris grace the stage paying homage to the “Lucious Lyon” character, donned in all brown paired with a white tee under his blazer, and a brown fedora.

Performing the classic “This Christmas” with singer Tank and his current single “Back To Sleep”, you could notice a slight vocal tension in Chris’ voice, which affected the singer’s overall performance, showing that he was clearly under the weather.

Of course, Social Media had a lot to say [in the negative zone] and “Cookie” aka Taraji jumped in to save the day.

Sick or not, Chris stayed committed to his performance and that’s all that counts. He carried out the task as a true performer should.

Congrats to everyone that took part. It was indeed a great show! We hope Patti brought some of her famous pies for everyone backstage! 🙂

Take a look at all the live performances below:

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Entertainment FLY Interviews SFPL TV

V. Bozeman on Grace Jones: “She’s Paved The Way For Me; If There Wasn’t A Grace Jones, It Wouldn’t Be A V. Bozeman”, Singer Talks with SFPL TV [Video]

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Singer/Songwriter/Producer/Actress/Philanthropist and star of EMPIRE, V. Bozeman paid a visit to the Fly Offices of SFPL TV, during her short-stay in the Big Apple! Born and raised in South Central, California, the established artist talked about her recurring role on the FOX hit series, new single “Smile”, working with Timbaland, tribute performances in honor of the late John Lennon, and living music veteran and actor Harry Belafonte, forthcoming 2016 album Music Is My Boyfriend and more.

NEW VIDEO: V. BOZEMAN FEAT. TIMBALAND – “SMILE”

V talks about EMPIRE: 

The experience has been nothing but amazing. So many doors have opened, i’ve developed so many new relationships with people from Terrance, Taraji, Jussie and Yazz. I just think it’s a big family and everybody is so grateful to be there and just be apart of a special series.

About being compared to the legendary Grace Jones, all while still forming her own lane:

She paved the way for me. If there was no Grace Jones, it wouldn’t be a V. Bozeman, and I honor her to the upmost — I give her so much respect. She’s broken so many barriers and that’s kind like what i’m about, I vibe on my own vibration.

In case you didn’t know, V. Bozeman first made her way onto the scene when singer/musician Timothy Bloom premiered his 2011 single/video ‘Til The End of Time’, which featured Bozeman and her powerful vocals, as the visual went viral capturing the duo in a D’ Angelo‘esque type vibe, barring a little skin; all while delivering a soulful love song. Two years later, V debuted her new single/visual “Race Jones”, where she delivered a powerful message about accepting the color of her skin, that she’s in.

Since then, V’s wings continued to spread as she moved on to work the likes of Cee-lo Green, Rihanna and now hit-maker Timbaland under the label Mosley Music Group.

Watch the FULL interview below:

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Entertainment Fashion

In Fashion: Jussie Smollett Covers BLEU Magazine

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Empire‘s own Jussie Smollett is now the new face of BLEU Magazine‘s latest cover titled The Man In The Mirror!

Garnering epic success from the FOX hit series, the budding actor/artist has a story to tell, and is the pinnacle of the LGBT Community — standing ground in what he believes in, not caring what anyone else thinks.

“I feel really, really blessed. I thank God so much that I’m in this position right now.”

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In the issue, Jussie talks about working with the cast of ‘Empire,’ family, playing an openly-gay character which mirrors his life, living out his dreams, his appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and so much more.

Smollett on his journey to Hollywood:

“That was always something super important to me and was something instilled in me by my mother–to be a hard working man, a hard working human being.”

Get more of the FULL covery story over at BLEUMagazine.com.

CREDITS: 

cover story EMIL WILBEKIN

photography CLIFF WATTS

fashion styling ENRIQUE MELENDEZ & ASHLEY ELIZABETH FOR ENA CREATIVE AT BLACKBOARDGROUP MGMT

fashion direction CHRIS SANDFORD

grooming NIL MUIR

production AJ CRIMSON FOR BLACKBOARDGROUP MGMT

SEE ALSO: 

JAZZ IN THE GARDENS 2015: TONI BRAXTON, ERYKAH BADU, BRYSHERE Y. GRAY, JUSSIE SMOLLETT, RICKEY SMILEY, MAXWELL, RUN DMC, R. KELLY & MORE [PHOTOS]

WATCH: EMPIRE’S JUSSIE SMOLLETT TELLS ELLEN DEGENERES THAT THERE’S NEVER BEEN A CLOSET

 

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Entertainment FLY NEWS

#SCOTUS + #LoveWins: Celebs Share Their Thoughts On Social Media About The Ruling On Nationwide Same-Sex Marriage Equality

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This week has been quite the #VictoryWeek all across America. First, the removal of the Confederate Flag, then the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Obamacare, and now Same-Sex Marriage becomes a Right nationwide. This is why the hastags #SCOTUS + #LoveWins have been trending all day.

President Obama is doing a great job tackling different tasks before his exit out of the presidential seat in 2017.

Below, celebs like Solange Knowles, Questlove, Gabrielle Union, Jussie Smollett, Kelly Rowland, Katy Perry and more give their reaction on the worldwide decision, celebrating equality on this good Friday.

Check it out a few pages after the jump…

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Entertainment Music

Watch: Mariah Carey – “Infinity” [Fly Visual]

Mariah Carey debuts her new visual today entitled “Infinity,” as she hits the stage of her soon to be residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. In the video, Mimi shows that she is ready for the single/dating life — meeting potential dates through a dating app, getting a shirtless visit from top model/actor Tyson Beckford, and a new puppy from Empire‘s Jussie Smollett.

 

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Entertainment FLY Events

Jazz In The Gardens 2015: Toni Braxton, Erykah Badu, Bryshere Y. Gray, Jussie Smollett, Rickey Smiley, Maxwell, Run DMC, R. Kelly & more [Photos]

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The yearly music event, Jazz In The Gardens took place on this weekend in Miami Gardens, Florida, which marks the music series’ 1oth year. In case you missed it, check out our photo gallery to see who hit the stage!

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On The Gram: 18 Hilarious Memes from the Season Finale of ‘Empire’

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Did y’all see Empire?! “The Gram” went in last night! The season finale was full of the usual twists and turns, with a lot of juicy drama! It’s only right that the creative folks on Instagram made memes dedicated to the last episode! Check them out…

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Entertainment Last Night in NYC

The Lyon’s Roar: Jussie Smollet, Yazz, Raven Symone & Derek Luke Celebrate At The Radio 103.9 Empire Album Release Party [Photos]

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Last Night in NYC, at Stage 48Empire stars Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon), Bryshere “Yazz” Gray (Hakeem Lyon) celebrated the release of the Empire original soundtrack and team SFPL was on hand.

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The Hennessy was flowing as fans of Fox’s latest phenomenon Empire packed the building. Former old school at noon on Hot 97 DJ and now Radio 103.9 personality Mister Cee kept the crowd amped as they waited for the Lyon boys.

Contest winners selected  by the new station, whom also sponsored the event got a chance to meet the cast members they have come to love. The Lyon brothers then hit the Stage 48 stage to perform well known hit’s from the show “Keep Your Money”, “Drip Drop”, “You’re So Beautiful” and Hakeem’s unreleased track for Camilla (Naomi Campbell). Other cast members in attendance were Raven Symoné (Olivia) and Derek Luke (Malcolm Deveaux).

Checkout all the photos from the night in the gallery below…

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Entertainment FLY Interviews

Watch: EMPIRE’s Jussie Smollett Tells Ellen Degeneres That There’s Never Been A Closet

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Well, most of the trolling public wanted to know the real deal of Empire‘s Jussie Smollett‘s sexual orientation, and now he has the answer to satisfy their thirst, so they can immediately take the nearest seat.

Smollett aka “Jamal” headed over to the The Ellen Show and sat with the daytime host, to have a little pow-wow about his personal life, which involved a lot of scrutiny.

Jussie recently received a major recording deal over at Columbia Records. Excited about the deal, the distinguished talent told Entertainment Weekly:

“There will be a Jussie Smollett album,” he says. “I signed to Columbia, so darling [laughs] I’m label mates with Beyoncé and Adele and Barbra Streisand.”

Watch and listen to see what the actor/singer had to say below: