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NAACP Image Award nominee and star of FOX’s hit show ‘Empire’ Jussie Smollett is the new host of 8th season of AfroPoP, the ultimate cultural exchange premiering on Monday, January 18, on WORLD Channel. The series of  indie docs about life, art and culture across the African Diaspora is presented by American Public Television.

How he’s celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. day:

“I’m going to Riverside church, Ryan Coogler is putting on something, I’m going to be singing Strange Fruit. It’s going to be Michael B. Jordan, Chris Rock, Anika Noni Rose, J. Cole…it’s going to be a lot of dope people.”

On the recent “white-out” at the Oscars:

“It’s a shame. I think despicable is kind of a good word. we’re not talking about a time when they were films that weren’t worthy. We had the product out. A the end of the day racism is alive and well in this world. I would rather attack it other ways than a gold statue,” he said.

Jussie also has a  new show premiering on  WGN America called Underground, which follows the story of a group of slaves who plan an escape from a Georgia plantation. John Legend serves as Executive Producer and the series stars Journee Smollett-Bell, Christopher Meloni and more.

Watch the trailer below.

Click the link above to hear the entire interview.

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