Out actor Jussie Smollett is headed to public television.

The 32-year-old Smollett, who is best know for his portrayal of gay musician Jamal Lyon on the Fox drama Empire, will host the eighth season of AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange, which premieres on Monday, January 18 on WORLD Channel.

AfroPop's engaging, real-life tales add to the collection of rich Black stories that audiences are clamoring for and I wanted to be a part of bringing them to national attention,” Smollett said.

“Jussie is an immense talent with a huge heart and a global perspective on issues, making him the perfect choice as host of the series,” said AfroPop Executive Producer Kay Shaw. “The range and diversity of the content presented appeared to have really resonated with him and he was an informed host, contributing his knowledge of the issues addressed in the documentaries.”

Among the films included this season on AfroPop is one about a transgender woman in Cape Verde and her impact on the community.

(Related: Empire's Jussie Smollett tells Ellen DeGeneres he's gay.)