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God is good! Jussie Smollett is still recuperating, but finally breaking his silence just days after his brutal attack. Not only does he confirm he is doing well, he, and sources close to him clarify stories and rumors surrounding him not giving up his phone, MAGA, and the rope put around his neck during his attack.

via TMZ

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Jussie’s broken his silence on his attack, stating … “Let me start by saying that I’m OK. My body is strong but my soul is stronger.” He then expressed thanks, saying … “The outpouring of love and support from my village has meant more than I will ever be able to truly put into words.”

As for the investigation, Smollett says he’s working with authorities and has been 100 percent factual and consistent. He says, “Despite my frustrations and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations that have been spread, I still believe justice will be served.”

Jussie also reiterated his family’s statement — these sorts of attacks are happening daily … and his wasn’t an isolated incident. He says he’ll address the details of the “horrific incident” soon, but adds … “Most importantly, during times of trauma, grief and pain, there is still a responsibility to lead with love, It’s all I know. And that can’t be kicked out of me.”

Jussie Smollett did not refuse to hand over phone records to cops … rather, he didn’t want to turn over his phone … sources directly connected to Jussie tell TMZ.

The sources say cops “informally asked” Jussie if he would surrender his phone … to verify he was talking to his manager on his cell when he was attacked. We’re told he felt “uncomfortable” doing that and declined, but he was never asked about phone records. A Chicago police official had said Jussie refused to turn over both the phone and records. We’re told Smollett has already said he will provide the records, and is in the process of gathering them. 

The sources want to clear up 2 other points. First, there are reports that Jussie told cops his assailants were wearing MAGA hats. The sources underscore what TMZ first reported … that Jussie never said the men were wearing the hats. Rather, they screamed “MAGA country.”  

And the last point … there are reports that Jussie had the rope around his neck long after the incident when he was being treated at the hospital. We’re told that is not the case. He did have the rope around his neck when cops arrived at his building 42 minutes after the incident. The sources say he kept it there to “preserve the evidence.”

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We are extremely glad that Jussie is doing well and determined to bring his attackers to justice. We do hate, however, he has to clarify rumors of him not cooperating with the police and refute claims he faked all of this. It is very disheartening and demeaning. We are still standing with you, and for you Jussie!

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Kim Kardashian Being Sued By Photographer Over Pic She Posted on IG in 2018!

Permission, copyrights, and intellectual property are a real thing. Kim Kardashian is dealing with this now as a photographer is suing her for posting a picture he shot of her and her husband, Kanye West back in 2018. Apparently, he never gave Kim permission to use the picture and she posted it to her Instagram where millions of people liked it. The photographer alleged he was never compensated either for his work.

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Permission, copyrights, and intellectual property are a real thing. Kim Kardashian is dealing with this now as a photographer is suing her for posting a picture he shot of her and her husband, Kanye West back in 2018. Apparently, he never gave Kim permission to use the picture and she posted it to her Instagram where millions of people liked it. The photographer alleged he was never compensated either for his work.

via TMZ:

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This tender moment between the Wests ended up on Kim’s Instagram — back in October 2018 — and while more than 2.2 million people liked it, one professional photographer hates it to the point he’s suing Kim.

Saeed Bolden says he’s the guy who snapped the loving shot, and therefore he owns it. According to the suit, obtained by TMZ, Bolden says he never gave KKW permission to use it, nor did she pay him to use it … so he wants a little something for his trouble.

For sure, it’s a rare pic … Kanye’s smiling, after all. We think it’s from their trip to Africa — when Ye was working on an album … which he ended up scrapping altogether.

As for how much the pic is worth? Bolden doesn’t name a price — he’s suing for any profits Kim’s made off the post, plus punitive damages.

Oddly, he’s also suing Kim’s shapewear line, Skims Body. because he claims it shares Kim’s IG account … though the solo Skims account never posted the photo.

This lawsuit brings up questions about copyright, especially when it comes to social media. As a safeguard, you should at least “@” the photographer in your captions on these photos to give them credit. What do you guys think? Petty or no? Does Kim Kardashian owe this photographer any money?

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Patrick Stewart Reveals He Has Spoken w/ Marvel about X-Men Movies, But Has NO Plans to Return!

For good or ill, Fox’s version of The X-Men and its related properties are done for. Disney’s acquisition of the properties is giving them all a hard reboot (with the possible exception of “New Mutants”) with new actors and stories. However, Patrick Stewart reveals that he has spoken with Marvel about the addition of the mutant heroes into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), but has no plans to reprise his role of “Professor X.” Patrick ties with Hugh Jackman  (“Wolverine”) as the longest actor–seventeen years–to play a Marvel superhero.

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For good or ill, Fox’s version of The X-Men and its related properties are done for. Disney’s acquisition of the properties is giving them all a hard reboot (with the possible exception of “New Mutants”) with new actors and stories. However, Patrick Stewart reveals that he has spoken with Marvel about the addition of the mutant heroes into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), but has no plans to reprise his role of “Professor X.” Patrick ties with Hugh Jackman  (“Wolverine”) as the longest actor–seventeen years–to play a Marvel superhero.

via Screenrant.com

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Stewart wrapped up his run as the character in 2017, the same year Disney began its purchase of Fox and re-gained the rights to use the X-Men and Fantastic Four in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Although Marvel Studios confirmed its plans to bring the X-Men into the MCU at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, the franchise is expected to get a hard reboot after Fox’s run of films. The only potential exception to that rule in The New Mutants, Fox and Josh Boone’s long-delayed spinoff that finally opens in theaters in April. It’s been reported the horror-centric mutant movie has been scrubbed clean of its references to the Fox X-Men universe, in case Feige decides to fold its characters into the MCU at a certain point in Phase 5.

Speaking to Digital Spy, Stewart confirmed he met with Feige a couple of months ago and had “long, long conversations” with him about the X-Men movies, saying there have been “moves and suggestions, which include Charles Xavier”. But before anyone reads too much into that, Stewart added he isn’t planning to return as Professor X in the MCU, explaining “Here’s the problem… If we had not made Logan, then yes, I would probably be ready to get into that wheelchair one more time and be Charles Xavier. But Logan changed all that”.
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Patrick was an amazing Professor X for sure, but we are sure there are other capable and great actors to take over the role of the founder of the X-Men. Also, he has his own hands full as he is reprising his iconic role of “Jean-Luc Picard” in an upcoming “Star Trek” series.

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ICYMI! Janelle Monae Comes Out as Non-Binary Using “Steven Universe” Character!

Janelle Monae is undoubtedly one of the most talented people in the world. However, it is her transparency that we have always admired the most about her.

Janelle Monae became even more transparent recently when she revealed to the world, via Twitter, she is non-binary!

Yep, Janelle Monae joins the likes of Amandla Stenberg, Sam Smith, and Ruby Rose who also identify as non-binary, or gender fluid, not conforming or identifying with either gender of male or female. Often the pronouns they identify with are “them” and “they” because they are seen as gender neutral. Janelle tweeted the following from her personal account, using a non-binary character from Cartoon Network’s progressive and LGBT friendly animated series, “Steven Universe,” named “Stevonnie.”

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Janelle Monae is undoubtedly one of the most talented people in the world. However, it is her transparency that we have always admired the most about her.

Janelle Monae became even more transparent recently when she revealed to the world, via Twitter, she is non-binary!

Yep, Janelle Monae joins the likes of Amandla Stenberg, Sam Smith, and Ruby Rose who also identify as non-binary, or gender fluid, not conforming or identifying with either gender of male or female. Often the pronouns they identify with are “them” and “they” because they are seen as gender neutral. Janelle tweeted the following from her personal account, using a non-binary character from Cartoon Network’s progressive and LGBT friendly animated series, “Steven Universe,” named “Stevonnie.”

Stevonnie is a fusion comprised of Steven Universe, a young boy born with a magical gem that gives him superhuman abilities, and his best friend/love interest Connie Maheswaran, a normal human girl.

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The line “I am an experience” is in part quoted from the series when Steven’s mother, Rose Quartz, tells another fusion, Garnet, “you are not one person, you are not two people, you are an experience.” Garnet, in turn, later said the same thing to Stevonnie after Steven and Connie first fused together.

We love Janelle Monae regardless of how she–we mean they–identify! Now, if we can just get another interview with her!

What are your thoughts on Janelle coming out? Will you still be supporting them? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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