Jussie Smollett makes PrideFest Milwaukee debut on Saturday, June 9

Mon. June 4, 2018 8:55 AM by GoPride.com News Staff

jussie smollett headlines pridefest milwaukee, june 9

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PrideFest Milwaukee June 7, 8 , 9 and 10 at Henry W. Maier Festival Park

Jussie Smollett is an actor and singer most recently known for his role as R&B artist Jamal Lyon on Fox's musical drama series Empire.

Smollett was a child actor, starring in the films The Mighty Ducks (1992) and North (1994). On television, he starred alongside his five real-life siblings in the ABC sitcom On Our Own from 1994–95. In 2012, Smollett returned to acting with the leading role in Patrik-Ian Polk's LGBT-themed comedy-drama The Skinny.  Also that year, he released an EP album titled The Poisoned Hearts Club.

In 2014, Smollett was cast as Jamal Lyon in the Fox drama series Empire. His role was hailed as "groundbreaking" for its positive depiction of a black gay man on television. Smollett reprised his role in subsequent seasons and directed an episode of the fourth season in 2017.


In February 2015, Smollett confirmed that he had signed a recording contract with Columbia Records and would be releasing an album in the future. Smollett co-wrote the songs "I Wanna Love You" and "You're So Beautiful" on the Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of Empire album, which was released in March 2015.


Some of the original songs he fronted, including "Keep Your Money" and "You're So Beautiful," reached Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

On March 2, 2018, Smollett released his new album Sum Of My Music.

Connect with Jussie Smollett on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

PrideFest Milwaukee 2018

This year marks the third decade of Pride celebrations in Milwaukee. PrideFest Milwaukee began in 1987, thanks to the efforts of the Milwaukee Lesbian/Gay Pride Committee. PrideFest Milwaukee remains the world's largest LGBTQ pride festival staffed entirely by volunteers. Last year the organization celebrated its 30th anniversary.

Milwaukee's festival is unique among Pride festivals in that it has its own, permanent festival park to call home. While most Pride events around the country, including Chicago, take place at block parties, neighborhood parks, or temporary stages, PrideFest Milwaukee is now celebrating its 22nd year at Henry W. Maier Festival Park, home to Summerfest, the nation's largest music festival, as well as Milwaukee's summer ethnic festivals.

PrideFest Milwaukee runs June 7, 8, 9 and 10. Festival tickets allow access to all acts on all stages, with no separate cost for headline shows. Four-day weekend passes for $39 offer the best value. Single-day, VIP and weekend VIP tickets are also available. For the full festival line-up and schedule, visit www.pridefest.com.