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She was starring in the legal drama The Defenders. She starred in the racially charged 1999 Disney film Selma, Lord, Selma. Smollett has one sister and four brothers. Smollett is on the Board of Directors of Artists for a New South Africa, dedicated to dealing with HIV/AIDS in Africa.
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She is best known for the role of Jess Merriweather on the critically acclaimed television series Friday Night Lights. Smollett was born in New York City, the daughter of Janet, a humanitarian and civil rights activist, and Joel Smollett. The fourth of six performing siblings, she received critical acclaim for her performance as ten-year-old Eve in the independent film Eve’s Bayou (1997). in casting the role, writer-director Kasi Lemmons envisioned “a light-skinned black child who could convey the nuances of a Creole child in the 60s.” She co-starred with her siblings in the ABC television comedy On Our Own (1994-1995) and guest appeared in numerous television shows: Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, Full House, Martin, Wanda At Large, House, Grey’s Anatomy, etc.