The Rise of EMPIRE

Spirit & Flesh magazine honors JUSSIE SMOLLETT and Season Five of the hit FOX Television show EMPIRE with an exclusive launch celebration.

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September 25, 2018


Spirit & Flesh magazine proudly introduces their FREEDOM issue featuring JUSSIE SMOLLETT in a Cover Story, Interview and Fashion Editorial. SMOLLETT stars as Jamal Lyon in the hit show, EMPIRE, whose much anticipated fifth season premiere airs on September 26, at 8/7c on Fox.

The celebratory event, a cocktail party, included a VIP list of guests from the realms of music, fashion, art, and entertainment. With the high profile guest-list and trendy setting at The Seville, 22 east 29th street, it very appropriately felt like it could be from a scene of EMPIRE itself.



Jussie, speaking to the attendees, didn’t hold back his excitement and enthusiasm for Season 5, which includes an episode he directed, saying that it was the best season yet. Much of the music at the event was from Jussie’s highly acclaimed album, Sum of My Music, setting a magical vibe and creating an atmosphere of excitement and anticipation for what’s to come. Several clips from Season 5 of EMPIRE were playing for the guests, giving an exclusive sneak peek at what awaits the Lyon family.

There was just much to celebrate and honor Jussie for. Over the course of the year, he has been busy releasing and touring with Sum of My Music, earning a variety of acting accolades, premiering a new season of Empire, directing one of its episodes, and publishing his first cookbook, The Family Table. Ever striving for excellence, Jussie Smollett won’t stop pushing the boundaries. “I haven’t reached my proudest moment yet…” Jussie remarks in his exclusive interview in Spirit & Flesh’s FREEDOM edition.

The evening was made possible with the help of our truly extraordinary sponsors: The Seville, Punzone Vodka, Billionaire Row, Vita Coco, Eternal Fleur, Chronus Gallery and Shiraz Creative.

Special Thanks to wonderful people – Pamela Sharp, Michelle Lachman, Rhiyen Sharp, Daniel Marandola, Shai Tertner, Katherine Sokolova, Gianni Perez and team, Brittany Cierra, Jillian Korkosz and John Meadow and his amazing team at LDV Hospitality.

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photography by Kenneth de la Torre

photography by Antonio Navas

photography by Minh Nguyen

photography by Leo Urossov

photography by Chuck Marcus