“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.
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”
Alabama police say a black man mistaken for an active shooter during a mall shooting had “heightened the sense of threat” by drawing his own firearm after shots rang out. Continue reading “Alabama police offer new explanation for shooting wrong man”
When she was in sixth grade, Sandra Parks wrote an award-winning essay about gun violence and crime in her hometown, Milwaukee. Continue reading “Girl Who Wrote Essay on Gun Violence Is Killed by Stray Bullet”
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”
The gubernatorial race between Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp continues one day after the Nov. 6 election. In a conference call to media, Abrams’ team revealed that she will not concede the election to Kemp until all votes are counted. Continue reading “Stacey Abrams could sue Brian Kemp over Election Day issues”
San Francisco Giants legend and Baseball Hall of Famer Willie McCovey died today in a Bay Area hospital after losing what his former team called a “long battle with many health issues.” He was 80 years old. Continue reading “Hall Of Famer Willie McCovey Dies At 80”
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”
As Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams prepares to go head-to-head against Republican challenger Brian Kemp on November 6, she’ll have not just one, but two, special supporters by her side. Continue reading “Oprah Winfrey Joins Stacey Abrams On Campaign Trail”
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”