Who Is Jocqui Smollett? New Details About Jussie Smollett's Youngest Brother

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Who Is Jocqui Smollett? New Details About Jussie Smollett's Youngest Brother

Jussie Smollett's siblings voiced their support for the Empire star, who was reportedly a victim of a homophobic and racist attack although the media is questioning the truth to his story. Even more so now that he was named a suspect for making a false statement, according to the police. 

"Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by #ChicagoPolice for filing a false police report (Class 4 felony),” Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi wrote in a tweet.

Two of Jussie's five siblings, Jocqui Smollett and Jurnee Smollett-Bell, made it clear they are on his side and blamed the media for being "irresponsible." Both posted a photo of Malcolm X on Instagram along with a quote from the civil rights leader: 

"This is the media, the irresponsible media. It will make the criminal look like he's the victim and make the victim look like he's the criminal. If you aren't careful, the media will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing."

So who is Jussie's brother, Jocqui Smollett? Here's what we know.

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1. He fully supports Jussie.

Jocqui has taken to social media to voice his support for his brother in this difficult time.

"This is nothing new. These sort of scare tactics and domestic terrorism have been used by cowards for centuries in an effort to control, silence, and dampen the lives of marginalized peoples," he captioned a photo of the six siblings on Instagram on Feb. 1. "Surviving is in JUSSIE’S BLOOD and his light nor that of our family’s shall be dimmed. Again, we shall do as we’ve been doing the best we know how: heal, continue building, and march forward in the name of accountability and righteousness."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

This is nothing new. These sort of scare tactics and domestic terrorism have been used by cowards for centuries in an effort to control, silence, and dampen the lives of marginalized peoples. Surviving is in JUSSIE’S BLOOD and his light nor that of our family’s shall be dimmed. Again, we shall do as we’ve been doing the best we know how: heal, continue building, and march forward in the name of accountability and righteousness ——————————————————————Official Statement from our family: “ In the early hours of Tuesday morning, our beloved son and brother, Jussie, was the victim of a violent and unprovoked attack. We want to be clear, this was a racial and homophobic hate crime. Jussie has told the police everything from the very beginning. His story has never changed, and we are hopeful they will find these men and bring them to justice. Our family thanks everyone for their prayers and the huge amount of love he has received. We are thankful to our village for your immense support during this trying time. We are so grateful that God saw him through this cowardly attack alive. Jussie is a warrior whose light cannot be dimmed. We want people to understand these targeted hate crimes are happening to our sisters, brothers and our gender non-conforming siblings, many who reside within the intersection of multiple identities, on a monthly, weekly, and sometimes even daily basis all across our country. Oftentimes ending fatally, these are inhumane acts of domestic terrorism and they should be treated as such. They will continue to occur until we hold each other accountable. Make no mistake, words matter. Hateful words lead to hateful actions. Radical love is the only solution, but passivity will be our downfall. We, as a family, will continue to work for love, equity and justice until it reigns supreme in our nation and all over the world. With love & gratitude, The Smollett Family”

A post shared by Jocqui Smollett (@jocquismollett) on Jan 31, 2019 at 9:01pm PST


2. He's the youngest of the Smollett family.

Joqui was born on Aug. 2, 1994, making him the youngest of the Smolletts. He is currently 24.

His older siblings include Jojo Smollett, 41, Jazz Smollett, 38, Jussie Smollett, 36, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, 32, and Jake Smollett, 29.

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3. He appeared in his first show at age 5.

Jocqui was just 5 years old when he got his start on TV. He starred in the TV series On Our Own in 1994-1995. All six of the Smollett siblings were cast as a family that lived in St. Louis. The show portrayed the drama surrounding their on-screen parents' tragic deaths.

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4. He starred in Smollett Eats.

The Smollett family was back on TV in 2016, this time on The Food Network, with their hit series Smollett Eats, which was based on the foodie fam's love for a good meal.

Jocqui and his five siblings displayed their abilities to cook as well as entertain during the 30-minute episodes, where they can be seen working together to create full menus and even competing against each other.

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5. He founded an event planning app.

Smollett is CEO and founder of Hosted, an app designed to "revolutionize the way we plan." Hosted serves as "an ecosystem of venues for productions and parties, DJs, catering services, artists and everyday people who enjoy event planning." He, along with COO Shiku Muhire, launched the app in 2017.

According to the app's website, Smollett came up with the idea while trying to plan his 23rd birthday. The whole process was complicated and even discriminatory and he wanted to create a better and simpler way to party plan. 

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Sarah Gangraw writes about all things news, entertainment and crime. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter.