‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett attacked in possible hate crime

‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett attacked in possible hate crime

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was attacked in the early morning hours on Tuesday in what Chicago police are calling a possible hate crime. Smollett was attacked by two people “yelling out racial and homophobic slurs,” according to police. A representative for Smollett did not immediately return CNN’s request for comment. The offenders physically attacked Smollett and “poured an unknown chemical substance on the victim,” police said.

According to police, one of Smollett’s alleged attackers also put a rope around his neck. Both fled the scene. Smollett took himself to Northwestern Hospital and “is in good condition,” police said. “Given the severity of the allegations, we are taking this investigation very seriously and treating it as a possible hate crime,” the police statement said. Smollett has starred on Fox’s “Empire” since 2015. He plays Jamal, a successful singer in the musical Lyon family.

Like his character, Smollett identifies as gay. When asked for comment, the network referred CNN to Smollett’s representative. A representative for GLAAD told CNN the organization has reached out Smollett to offer assistance and support.”Jussie is a true champion for LGBTQ people and is beloved by the community and allies around the world,” a GLAAD spokesperson said in a statement.

Anyone with information is asked to call Area Central Detectives at 312-747-8382.

Canada’s New $10 Bill With Black Woman Civil Rights Leader Begins Circulation

Canada’s New $10 Bill With Black Woman Civil Rights Leader Begins Circulation

The unveiling ceremony was held at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights on Monday.

Earlier this year it was announced that Civil Rights activist Viola Desmond would become the new face of Canada’s $10 bill, and now the bill featuring her image is finally in circulation, the Washington Post reported. Continue reading “Canada’s New $10 Bill With Black Woman Civil Rights Leader Begins Circulation”

Hate Crimes Increased By 17% In 2017 According To FBI Annual Report

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The report revealed an increase in hate crimes that are predominantly race or sexual orientation related.

 

The FBI’s annual crime report showed an alarming spike in the number of hate crimes since 2017.
Countless news reports reflect the increase in hate crimes over the past year. Most recently, a Black woman was stabbed on a subway by a white man and called a “Black b***h.” Continue reading “Hate Crimes Increased By 17% In 2017 According To FBI Annual Report”

Mother Charged With Death of Her Toddler During Hurricane Florence Gets NAACP Support

Mother Charged With Death of Her Toddler During Hurricane Florence Gets NAACP Support

When Hurricane Florence battered the Carolinas in September, Dazia Lee’s tragic story made national headlines. Thinking the storm had passed on Sept. 16, the 20-year-old Lee headed out to her grandmother’s house with her 1-year-old son, Kaiden, strapped in his car seat. The drive took a tragic turn when a flash flood overcame the car, and as Lee tried to escape with her toddler, she lost him to the surging floodwaters. Continue reading “Mother Charged With Death of Her Toddler During Hurricane Florence Gets NAACP Support”

Indiana Woman Arrested After Leaving Racist Note On Neighbor’s Door

Indiana Woman Arrested After Leaving Racist Note On Neighbor’s Door

Sixty-three-year-old Deborah Cantwell of Greentown, Indiana, was arrested on Thursday for misdemeanor charges of intimidation and criminal mischief. The charges came after Cantwell left a note on a neighbor’s door demanding they move their biracial son out of the “all-white neighborhood.” Continue reading “Indiana Woman Arrested After Leaving Racist Note On Neighbor’s Door”