The Point Foundation has announced that singer and actor and star of FOX’s “Empire,” Jussie Smollett, will be the featured performer at the April 9, 2018 Point Honors Gala at The Plaza in New York City.

The evening will honor journalist Ronan Farrow, with the Point Courage Award, presented to him by fellow journalist, Thomas Roberts. Comedian Tig Notaro, is also slated to be honored. The event benefits Point Foundation scholarships for LGBTQ students.

Jussie Smollett is best known for his groundbreaking role as Jamal Lyon in the mega-hit television series “Empire,” but is now emerging beyond what many call one of the most powerful characters on television. From co-starring as Sergeant Ricks in Ridley Scott’s No. 1 box office hit, “Alien: Covenant,” to the release of his new album “Sum of My Music,” Smollett is breaking new ground. His work has been recognized with multiple NAACP Image Awards and the prestigious NAACP Chairman’s Award.

Point Foundation is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit. Some of Point’s 98 current scholarship recipients and 270 alumni will be present at the event to share their inspiring stories about how they have overcome challenges to get their higher education degrees.

Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society. Point Foundation promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development, and community service training.

For more information and tickets, please visit: www.pointfoundation.org/HonorsNY18

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