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21 Feb 19
Exiled Rebels Scanlations

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21 Feb 19
Deadline

A stern Jussie Smollett was released on $100,000 bond in a court hearing Thursday afternoon after being arrested this morning on multiple felony charges stemming from an alleged assault late last month. With police and prosecutors insisting the Empire star staged the seemingly racist and homophobic attack against him January 29, the late-starting hearing saw […]

21 Feb 19
GrowingLore's: Hear Me Out

Ah, the classic two characters in one body trope. Its one of the most fascinating concepts in fiction and the trope is almost as old as writing itself. Ancient legends tell of Deities who had multiple aspects or personalities for different situations or times of day. It’s not surprising that humans are fascinated by the […]

21 Feb 19
ThinkProgress
Actor Jussie Smollett, who was hospitalized late last month after an apparent racist, homophobic hate crime, has turned himself into the police and faces felony charges for allegedly orchestrating his own assault. Jussie Smollett’s mugshot, Feb. 20, 2019. CREDIT: Chicago Police Department Smollett was arrested by the Chicago Police Department on Wednesday night, less than a month after he told police he’d been assaulted by two men who shouted slurs at him, doused him with bleach, beat him, and left a rope hanging around his neck like a noose. The men yelled “this is MAGA country” as they fled the scene, Smollett told detectives, who announced that they were treating the attack as “a possible hate crime.” The Jan. 28 attack came eight days after a letter addressed to Smollett was sent to Fox Studios in Chicago — Smollett is a star on Fox’s hit show “Empire” — which had “You will die black fag” written ransom-style, in letters cut out from a magazine. The letter also had “MAGA” in red marker where the return address would be. Now, Smollett is officially a suspect. He has been charged with making a false police report and, if convicted, faces up to three years in prison and up to a $25,000 fine. Following Smollett’s arrest, his attorneys Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson released a statement saying their client “enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked.” But at a scathing CPD press conference on Thursday morning, CPD Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson expressed disgust, rage, and horror at what he called a “hoax” by Smollett. Johnson said Smollett “took advantage of the pain and anger of racism” when he both sent the letter to Fox and paid $3,500 to stage the assault, “a stunt,” because “he was dissatisfied with his salary” on Empire. The CPD has the check Smollett used to pay his “attackers,” Johnson said; those men also told the police that Smollett was motivated by his salary frustrations. “I come to you not only as the superintendent of the Chicago police department, but also as a black man who spent his entire life living in the city of Chicago,” Johnson said. “I know the racial divide that exists here. I know how hard it has been for our city and our nation to come together. And I also know the disparities and I know the history. This announcement today recognizes that Empire actor Jussie Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career.” “I’m left hanging my head and asking why,” Johnson went on. “Why would anyone, especially an African American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations? How could someone look at the hatred and suffering associated with that symbol and see an opportunity to manipulate that symbol to further his own public profile?” Eddie Johnson says Smollett "took advantage of the pain and anger of racism… I'm left hanging my head and asking why." pic.twitter.com/Kivg3BhmBN — Jessica Goldstein (@jessicagolds) February 21, 2019 Though the city of Chicago has its troubles, Johnson said, “to put the national spotlight on Chicago for something that is both egregious and untrue is just shameful. He added that he was also concerned about what this would mean for future victims of hate crimes, who “will now be met with a degree of public skepticism” greater than before the Smollett incident. “I am offended by what happened, and I’m also angry,” Johnson said. Within days of the apparent hate crime on Smollett, the CPD had identified two persons of interest, and on Feb. 13, those men are arrested: Nigerian brothers Olabinjo Osundairo, who was an extra on Empire in 2015, and Abimbola Osundairo, who Smollett’s attorneys identified as Smollett’s personal trainer. Two days later, the brothers were released from police custody and the charges against them were dropped, “due to new evidence,” according to the CPD. Both brothers testified before a grand jury to, as a police spokesperson put it, “lock in their testimony.” Though initially the police had said there was “no evidence” to indicate Smollett had fabricated any part of his story, two law-enforcement sources told CNN that CPD now, in fact, believed Smollett may have paid the Osundairos to stage the attack. In a statement, the CPD confirmed that information from the Osundairo brothers “shifted the trajectory of the investigation.” The CPD had records of the Osundairos, who were now cooperating with the police, buying the rope from the attack. By the time Smollett gave his first interview after the attack to Good Morning America, reports that the attack may have been staged were already swirling in the press. Speaking with Robin Roberts, Smollett did not waver from his version of events. He explained away the phone records by saying he had privacy concerns — personal pictures and videos, contact information for his family and castmates — and said he believed he was targeted because of his criticism of President Trump. “I come really, really hard against 45. I come really, really hard against his administration, and I don’t hold my tongue,” he said. “I could only go off of their words. I mean, who says ‘faggot Empire nigger,’ ‘This is MAGA country, nigger,’ ties a noose around your neck, and pours bleach on you? And this is just a friendly fight?” he went on. “It’s unbelievable to me that any of this has come to this. That every single thing that I have done, every single thing that I have cooperated with, somehow has gotten twisted into being some bull that it’s not.” In March 2017, Smollett released a self-directed music video for his song “F.U.W. (Fucked Up World)” to protest the “race-baiting, bigotry and xenophobia of the current administration,” as he put it in a press release. In one scene, a mask of President Donald Trump’s face is crushed by a man in a wheelchair. In an interview with the Associated Press, Smollett described the mask as “a representation of this false idea of patriotism [and] this idea of white male privilege.” Days after Smollett was hospitalized, Trump did tell reporters at the White House that the reports of the attack on Smollett were “horrible. It doesn’t get worse, as far as I’m concerned.” Fueling doubt was Smollett’s refusal to hand over his complete phone records to the police. Though he submitted phone records from the hour surrounding the alleged attack, which occurred at 2:00 a.m., Chicago police described Smollett’s records as “limited and heavily redacted.” Some of Smollett’s high-profile supporters, including Senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, walked back their initial statements and said they’d be withholding judgment until an investigation is complete. Smollett is a black, gay, Jewish actor who got his start as a child star alongside equally precocious-in-Hollywood siblings. His family has been politically engaged for his entire life; as the New York Times wrote in a 2016 story on the Smollett siblings, they’ve long been “devoted to causes live H.I.V./AIDS prevention and ending apartheid. They were raised in the orbit of the Black Panthers and, lately, have lent their voices to the Black Lives Matter movement. Their trajectory, from child stars to successful adults, is born of their family and its history of activism.” As civil rights attorney Areva Martin said on CNN Newsroom just before the CPD presser began, Smollett is “a well-known and recognized activist in the social justice community and the LGBT community. I know he has been active in the Time’s Up movement,  advocating on behalf of women who have been the victims of sexual assault or sexual harassment claims. Why would he orchestrate this hate crime, or alleged hate crime, knowing that if it is revealed, he would not only jeopardize his job, jeopardize his freedom and his reputation, [but that] this really will make it so much more difficult for any victim of a hate crime to come forward and to be believed? I think for all of us the big question is why.” Smollett has been among Empire’s stars since its premiere. As the narrative surrounding Smollett’s attack grew murkier, the show’s producers have denied rumors that Smollett’s character was going to be written off the show. Two days before Smollett’s arrest, Fox released a statement confirming that point, adding that Smollett “continues to be a consummate professional on set.” Smollett’s bail hearing is will to take place at 1:30 p.m. CST. At the end of the CPD press conference, asked what justice would be in this case, Johnson said, “Absolute justice would be an apology to this city that he smeared, admitting what he did, and then be man enough to offer up what he should offer up in terms of all the resources that were put into this.”
21 Feb 19
DB DAILY UPDATE

Today’s Campaign Update, Part II (Because The Campaign Never Ends) Jussie, we hardly knew ye. – And just like that, Jussie Smollett’s obvious hoax, which was promoted by the entirety of your fake news media and a raft of craven Democrat politicians for two solid weeks because it fit their anti-Trump narrative, came to a crashing […]

21 Feb 19
The Russophile

Washington( CNN) What a difference a few days makes! “If the FBI or DOJ was infiltrating a campaign for the benefit of another campaign, that is a really big deal, “ he tweeted. “Only the release or review of documents that the House Intelligence Committee( also, Senate Judiciary) is asking for can give the conclusive […]

21 Feb 19
Indie Gamer Team

I like rhythm-based gameplay, chiptune music, and great pixel art. Old School Musical includes all of that and chickens. But does that mean I love Old School Musical? No. I like it a lot but I wouldn’t say I loooooove it. I started my adventure where everyone has to start their adventure in Old School […]

21 Feb 19
Thrills - Suspense - Horror!

From 22nd Feb – March 4th you can claim the book of your choice from those listed below: Click here https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/wTyknuF4q0muC43vjBjU No More Shadows (James Stone Book 1) Robert Clark Run. Now. And never look back. They are coming… After narrowly escaping a brutal and terrifying death at the hands of an unknown enemy, James […]

21 Feb 19
NATION AND STATE

This is the interview Fox News didn’t want you to see. In footage leaked by YouTube channel Now This that looks like it was clandestinely filmed in a control room somewhere inside 1211 Avenue of the Americas, Carlson can be heard cursing out historian Rutger Bregman and dropping several expletives after the two got into […]

21 Feb 19
WEATHER INTERNAL

This is the interview Fox News didn’t want you to see.

In footage leaked by YouTube channel Now This that looks like it was clandestinely filmed in a control room somewhere inside 1211 Avenue of the Americas, Carlson can be heard cursing out historian…

21 Feb 19
Rants Of an (Extra) Average Guy

2nd Spell: Encounter It was during one of those clouded and torrid nights that our story begins. It was a night of winter, when the air brings the soft kiss of frost to the skin and the breath resembles the soul leaving the body.  Storm clouds drifted across the sky, plummeting snow in their wake. […]

21 Feb 19
Scribbling Theology:

Take a seat, sit back and peruse the theological landscape of the 21st century. One doesn’t have to look far to notice that traditional perspectives of God’s wrath, violence and judgement are in a bloody war with more progressive interpretations and theology. The more progressive positions on God’s wrath abandon the traditional ways of thinking […]

20 Feb 19
Sufficient Living

R is for Racing Thoughts: The Final Part I steeled myself, just as Z did back then. "Not yet, Sable!" Every fight I'd ever faced, every creature, man or machine, that I had ever laid a hand on flooded back into my memories all at once. I saw them all here, flashing before my eyes […]

21 Feb 19
Deadline

UPDATED, 4: 53 PM: In a turn of events almost unthinkable just over three weeks ago when an alleged assault against him first came to light, Jussie Smollett has just been indicted on criminal charges by Chicago prosecutors. With Chicago police having now abandoned seeking another interview with the Empire star, the authorities are talking […]

20 Feb 19
Exiled Rebels Scanlations

REUNION (PART 2)

20 Feb 19
Andre Eger

There is no due process in the court of public opinion. As a result, narratives shape public perception, sometimes to great societal detriment.   When actor Jussie Smollett claimed to have been savagely attacked, many lawmakers, celebrities, and media outlets immediately ran with the story.  Smollett’s claims have since come into question, but not before the […]