Jussie Smollett’s brother, JOJO, is coming to his defense!
JOJO says that he’s disgusted by the allegation Jussie, 36, paid two well-built Nigerian brothers to attack him. So disgusted that he’s written an entire essay about it! JOJO Writes: “I am definitely not asking you to feel sorry for my brother. He would never allow that. He still carries a humility, grace and knows he walks in more rarified air than so many people who have been wrongly accused and paying a heavy price. I am simply hoping there are some conscious-minded people out there who, instead of carelessly victim blaming and shaming, want to loudly ask the simple question: “What if Jussie is telling the truth?”.”
JOJO also reveals that Jussie has been tormented by nightmares and has been woken up by terrors since his assault! Jojo writes: “He has been violently awakening from night terrors following the assault.” Read the entire piece below and let us know: DO YOU THINK JUSSIE IS GUILTY? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF HIS BROTHER’S ESSAY? DO YOU THINK JOJO IS A FUNNY NAME?
I WAS SHOCKED AT HOW EASILY easily everyone accepted the ridiculous motive about Jussie’s career that was promulgated. Jussie had actually begun directing episodes of Empire, which brought additional compensation. He worked out a deal with Fox to own 100% of his music masters , released an album, which lead to a sold out world tour and he donated every cent of ticket sales to charity. He even signed the group, June’s Diary, to his label. My brother was developing two films with one of the biggest producers in Hollywood, had the lead to a Broadway show on the table and owns the option rights to the authorized autobiography of his idol, Alvin Ailey. All pointing to not only an advancing career but a business savvy mind. To suggest that he staged his own attack to boost a sagging career is ludicrous. Jussie has a team of extremely effective agents, managers, publicists, and attorneys who helped him acquire career advancement. He wouldn’t need to roll around on the icy ground of a Chicago street, staging an attack on himself to make this happen. Our democratic system of law and justice has made progress over the years. Racial, religious minorities, women and the LGBTQ communities have slowly won greater equality and justice. However, there is still a long way to go. We can’t ignore the desire among the far-right to criminalize whole sectors of the country, which they either refuse to accept or feel are natural political opponents. What exacerbates these problems is the bandwagoning and tyranny of the “perceived” majority, which frequently takes shape on social media. Let me be clear, it is undeniable that many people on social media support my brother. The love he receives from his village, fans and fellow activists is real. His gratitude is unwavering. What concerned me the most is, as the CPD continued their campaign against Jussie, I started to notice an online “bandwagon” approaching ignoring whether there were any real facts to suggest his guilt. In an effort to fit in with the momentum on social media, many appeared to roast him, demean him, and laugh at a traumatic and painful ordeal. Jussie is as strong as iron, but following an attack like this, there is a normal and natural amount of post trauma that mostly anyone should expect to suffer. I have literally seen him violently awakening from night terrors, following the assault. Some of my siblings, as well as Jussie’s partner and closest friends have seen similar things.
While very few people are courageous enough to swim upstream and resist the popular conformity of the day, I still can’t believe how many people failed to ask the question: “What if Jussie is telling the truth?”
THIS PUBLIC PERSECUTION also happened to an unusually good, soulful and spiritual man. Jussie is an exceptional individual. He’s a loving son, brother, partner, and friend. Jussie’s character on Empire represents much of who he is and has given voice to people who have been historically marginalized. Television has never shown an openly gay, African American man, freely illustrating the depth and range of character, like Jussie’s portrayal of Jamal Lyon on Empire. My brother takes serious what he represents. Jussie is also immensely generous to people and organizations. He has been extremely outspoken on issues that not only affect the communities he is directly a part of but for every marginalized creature. He has donated time, money and clean water to Flint Michigan. He consistently gives to the Human Rights Campaign, Flint Kids, he sits on the board of the Black Institute and the Trayvon Martin Foundation. Jussie actively fundraised to save Bennett College, which is one of only two all-women Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He is a humble man whose charitable work, usually goes unnoticed and he never seeks attention for it. Jussie didn’t even want to contact the police, following his assault. He was weary and didn’t care for the unnecessary attention it might garner. His choreographer insisted, and the choreographer contacted the police himself. It should be noted: if he staged the attack for publicity to boost his career, as alleged, why would he not want to make the incident public?