The career of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett is in questions as the FOX show announced his character has been written off the final two episodes of the season. But as details of the allegedly staged attack come to light, questions have come up about his family. A quick Google shows he has roots right here in Lousiana. did a profile on the siblings which were featured during several events during last year's ESSENCE Festival.

The Smolletts, a photogenic and exuberant family of authors, performers, home cooks, writers and artists, seem to be just about everywhere these days. On Saturday (July 7), three of them will be at Essence Festival, which runs Thursday through Sunday in New Orleans.

At 1:35 p.m., siblings Jazz Smollett-Warwell, a food and lifestyle personality and writer, and Jake Smollett, chef, author and TV personality, will demonstrate dishes from “The Family Table: Recipes and Moments from a Nomadic Life”(2018 by Smollett Collective, William Morrow, HarperCollins Publishers). They wrote the book with two of their siblings, Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Jussie Smollett.

Jussie will host a talk at 2:15 p.m. in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Then, at 7:45 p.m., he will perform songs from the hit Fox show, “Empire,” in which he appears, in a Superlounge inside the Superdome.

According to a story in the New York Times, Jussie Smollett's mom is from New Orleans. There has also been a lot written about her interesting background as a civil rights activist and self-proclaimed member of the Black Panther Party. Smollett's father is of Russian descent.

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