'Empire' Star Jussie Smollett Premieres 'Hurt People' Video, Slates 'Sum of My Music' Tour

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Jussie Smollett of FOX's 'Empire' poses for a portrait during the 2017 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Aug. 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Jussie Smollett, aka Jamal Lyon on the Fox television series Empire, is also mighty busy off-screen these days. The singer/songwriter/actor/director/producer premieres the video for his latest single, “Hurt People,” today (April 17). Concurrent with the video’s debut, Billboard also announces Smollett’s upcoming Sum of My Music Tour.

Launching on April 20 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the tour takes its name from the title of Smollett’s debut full-length studio album. The project was released in March through Smollett’s own independent label Music of Sound LLC. The tour itinerary encompasses stops in Europe and the United States, culminating with a performance at the Essence Festival in New Orleans.

Filmed in Johannesburg and Soweto, South Africa, the Smollett-directed “Hurt People” was filmed with an all-black South African labor force including cast, crew and fashion designers.

The video is the follow-up to Smollett’s second video for the track “Catch Your Eye” featuring Swizz Beatz. The project’s first video for lead single “Freedom” starred actress Tika Sumpter and Tony/Grammy award winner Cynthia Erivo.

Says Smollett of the “Hurt People" video: “I hope and pray this visual will both entertain and inspire. The theme of tolerance and love was completely inspired by Nelson Mandela and the triumphant spirit of the people of South Africa and all African nations that lives within all of us regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation. This is an anthem for every person that is ready to break the cycle of hurt people hurting people.”

Watch “Hurt People”:The Sum of My Music Tour schedule appears below. Additional information is also available here: http://jussiesmollettmusic.com/. A portion of all ticket sales will benefit The Black AIDS Institute (https://blackaids.org/) and Flint Kids (https://www.cfgf.org/cfgf/GoodWork/FlintArea/FlintKids/tabid/855/Default.aspx).

Sum of My Music Tour:

April 20  - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

May 7 - Cologne, Germany, Luxor

May 8 - Frankfurt, Germany, Zoom

May 9 - Berlin, Germany, Lido

May 10 - Cannes, France, VIP Room

May 17 - Oakland, CA, Complex

May 19 - Long Beach, CA, Long Beach Pride Festival

May 20 - Santa Ana, CA, Constellation Room

May 21 - Los Angeles, Roxy

May 25 - Philadelphia, Coda

May 26 - Washington, D.C., U Street

May 27 - New York, SOB’s

May 29 - Atlanta, The Masquerade (Hell)

June 1: Houston, Satellite Bar

June 2 - Austin, Empire Control Room

June 3 - Dallas, Deep Ellum Art Co

June 5 - St. Louis, Old Rock House

June 8 - Cleveland, Grog Shop

June 9 - Milwaukee, Milwaukee Pride Festival

June 10 - Chicago, Subterranean

June 12 - Detroit, El Club

July 7 - New Orleans, Essence Festival


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