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If you don’t know who Jussie Smollett is by now, then you should get familiar.

Not only does this baby-faced cutie star as Jamal Lyon, the middle son of hip-hop mogul Lucious (Terrence Howard) on Lee Daniels and Danny Strong’s “Empire” (Fox) – which gained 13.8 million viewers and a 5.3 rating among adults 18-49 in it’s first season – he recently made headlines for signing a record deal with none other than legendary label Columbia Records.

“There will be a Jussie Smollett album. I signed to Columbia,” Smollett told Entertainment Weekly last week. “So darling [Laughs] I’m label mates with Beyoncé and Adele and Barbra Streisand.” When asked if the album will feature Empire music or not, Smollett responded: “It’s going to be a whole different thing. Now, the Empire family will still have something to do with it. I would love for Terrence to come and oversee the production of all of the music. And I would love for Timbaland to come on and Jim Beanz. We’ve all talked and they’re all down to work on it.” Well, go’head, Jussie, with your talented self!

As if that weren’t enough, 31-year-old Smollett is one good-looking fella! Although his Empire co-star, Malik Yoba, who plays Vernon Turner on the drama series, might have revealed to Black Film during an interview posted on February 23rd, 2015, that Smollett – much like the character he plays – is also allegedly gay in real life, it doesn’t change the fact that this brotha is easy on the eyes!

And if he looks familiar, it’s because Smollett has an equally beautiful and gifted famous younger sister: actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell, who has appeared in films like Eve’s Bayou and The Great Debaters. Two of a handsome family of six siblings (which includes sister Jazz and brothers Jojo, Jake and Jocqui), the clan starred together on ABC’s 1994-95 series On Our Own.

We don’t know about you, but Smollett has got excited to see what’s next for him. In the meantime, take a peak at 15 images of this hottie looking as darling as ever. We are rooting for you, Jussie!

#ManCrushMonday: Jussie Smollet

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