‘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.

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”

Police detain Black teen for riding with his White grandmother

Akil Carter in Police Car

A  ride home from church turned into a frightening police encounter for a Black teen near Milwaukee. Akil Carter, 18, was picked up by his White grandmother and friend as she was going home from church to give him a ride to work. A few minutes later Wauwatosa Police pulled over the blue Lexus and ordered Akil out of the car at gunpoint, then cuffed him and placed him in the back of the squad car.i Continue reading “Police detain Black teen for riding with his White grandmother”

#BrooklynBecky Exposes ‘Wokewashed’ White Supremacy

“You’re standing on public property, ma’am. This is not public property,” starts the now-viral #BrooklynBecky video. The 19-year-old white woman of Puerto Rican heritage, who uses the name “Bella” on social media, directed her confused statement to Darsell Obregon, as she called the police on her.

Why did Brooklyn Becky alert the authorities? For Obregon’s very serious crime of standing in her doorway during a rainstorm, and waiting for an Uber while being perceived (incorrectly, according to Obregon) as a black woman. Continue reading “#BrooklynBecky Exposes ‘Wokewashed’ White Supremacy”