Celebrity Interviews

Jussie Smollett Discusses Empire's Music Contract, Problems With Being Pinned as a 'Gay Black' Show & Comparisons to "Power"

It’s no secret that Fox has hit it big with their new network series “Empire,” the story of a music mogul and his family’s journey throughout the business.  It just so happens that a day after Sway’s debut on the show (playing himself of course) Sway In The Morning was blessed with the appearance of Jussie Smollett who plays Jamaal Lyon.

Joking about their interview that took place during Wednesday night’s episode, Sway once again asks Jussie if he has a lady in his life.  Dubbing Sway as a ‘baby Denzel’ the two reminisce on the filming of their scene and the show as a whole.  Playing the role of Jamaal who happens to be homosexual, Smollett dishes out some incredible insight into why it is not fair to pin the show off as being a ‘gay black’  production.

Along with discussing his character we also hear Smollett’s thoughts on people comparing “Empire” to “Power” and the music recording contract that he had to sign for the show.  Check out the interview below and let us know what you thought of Sway’s cameo on the show.


Icon of hip-hop culture and a pivotal part of the MTV News team, Sway has been a staple of the music-news arena for more than a decade. From giving Eminem, Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac their very first radio airplay on his local show in the mid-’90s to providing television viewers with their first good look at some of today’s hottest celebrities in music, film, fashion and sports. Sway has been there for some of music and the world’s biggest moments.

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