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The cast of Fox’s Empire has been riding on high ever since it premiered last winter and the momentum of the show doesn’t seem to be slowing down with a third season recently announced and Taraji P. Henson recently winning a Golden Globe for her iconic role as Cookie Lyon, the matriarch of The Lyon Family on the Fox series.

With all these accolades that have been surrounding the series, there is one that Lee Daniels, the creator of the series, has to be proud of the most. Jussie Smollett, who plays Jamal Lyons, the middle child of the Lyons Family, is set to receive the NAACP Chairman’s Award. Smollett is one of the eight recipients of this award that will be presented to him during the 47th annual NAACP Image Awards next month.

The honor is given in recognition of special achievements and distinguished public service. The actor has been a longtime activist on the behalf of civil rights, HIV/AIDS awareness and many other social justice causes since the age of 15.

It is a rare privilege for me to present the NAACP Chairman’s 2016 Award to an outstanding group of trailblazing leaders all under the age of 50 who have given voice and vision to the mantra that black lives matter,” said Roslyn Brock, The Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors.

The actor volunteers his time with nonprofits like the Black AIDS Institute, Artists for a New South Africa and United Negro College Fund.

The Chairman’s Award will be presented to the actor-singer February 5 during the Image Awards ceremony in Pasadena, California.

The 47th Annual NAACP Image Awards is set to air on TV One at 9PM EST/PST.

By: Jnelle Belle

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