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‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett receives the key to the city of Atlanta

Sean John "Dream Big" Campaign photo

Sean John “Dream Big” Campaign photo

Many celebrities attempt to lay claim to the throne of Hotlanta,but only one may call himself the key holder.

Over the weekend, Jussie Smollett, actor on hit show Empire and face of Sean John’s Fall/Holiday 2015 Dream Big campaign, was presented with a proclamation from the city of Atlanta during a meet-and-greet at Macy’s Lenox Square. One of the highest honors normally given to esteemed residents and visitors, Smollett graciously received the key to the city bestowed by councilman Kwanza Hall.

Sean John’s Dream Big campaign, which features young influencers living out their dreams far beyond limitations, partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Atlanta to select ten deserving kids to meet the campaign star. The highlight of the event was when Sean John presented a check for $5K to the Boys and Girls Club of Atlanta, and Smollett, who truly exemplifies the meaning of Dream Big, also wrote a $5K check to the organization to further support their efforts. He was accompanied by Jeffrey Tweedy (president, Sean Jean), Dean Arcuri (VP of Marketing & Creative Services, Sean John), Ryan Cameron (V103) and Kwanza Hall (city councilman).

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During the Q-and-A session, Smollett stated, “It was an honor receiving the key to the city. The people are so beautiful and lovely to me. I love Atlanta.”
Congrats to Smollett on this major achievement. Well deserved.

Following the event, Smollett tweeted about his first Waffle House experience, which was pretty funny. Check out his tweets:

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  1. shellyTheGreat on November 17, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    when i was a kid, i used to think getting the key to the city meant you could use it to open any place in the city whenever you wanted, even if it was after hours.

  2. Charles D 3 on November 17, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    Good read on the full story. Jussie donated money as well is always a nice gesture. Hope to Jussie in Atlanta more!