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As journalists we have the responsibility to report all subject matter as objectively as possible–even when we do not want to. It is now being reported that the “trajectory” of Jussie Smollett’s case. Police are now reporting the actor, who two weeks ago alleged he was attacked by a pair of men yelling racial and homophobic slurs, are now suggesting he orchestrated this attack!

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Chicago police are “eager” to again speak again with “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett about his alleged attack after two brothers were arrested in connection with the attack agreed to cooperate with police, sources said Saturday evening.

“We can confirm that the information received from the individuals questioned by police earlier in the Empire case has in fact shifted the trajectory of the investigation. We’ve reached out to the Empire cast member’s attorney to request a follow-up interview,” said Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

Friday night, two brothers who were being held as persons of interest in the alleged attack on Smollett were released without charges. They are not considered suspects.

What that new information is police will not say, but sources confirm reports that the brothers, who had a preexisting relationship with Smollet, were paid by the actor to carry out the attack.

Two officials familiar with the Smollett investigation confirmed to ABC News that detectives confronted the two brothers with evidence that they purchased the rope found around Smollett’s neck at a local hardware store. The brothers agreed to cooperate with police, who are investigating whether Smollett made up the story, after police threatened to charge them with battery and hate crimes.

Guglielmi said they have reached out to Smollett’s attorneys Friday night. “We made our intentions clear,” he said.

Late Saturday, Smollett’s attorneys Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson released a statement, addressing reports that the actor may have staged the attack.

‘As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with. He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.’

“One of these purported suspects was Jussie’s personal trainer who he hired to ready him physically for a music video. It is impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or would falsely claim Jussie’s complicity.

“Jussie and his attorneys anticipate being further updated by the Chicago Police Department on the status of the investigation and will continue to cooperate. At the present time, Jussie and his attorneys have no inclination to respond to “unnamed” sources inside of the investigation, but will continue discussions through official channels.”

This is all beginning to unravel into a situation none of us ever wanted to see coming. Like his father, Donald Trump Jr., had his own words to share–via Twitter–about the recent developments in Jussie’s case.

At this point we are not sure what to believe, but we do ask that justice be served–SWIFTLY. If Jussie orchestrated this in any way then he needs to be brought to justice and reimburse taxpayers for the manpower and resources this investigation has cost taxpayers. We will keep you posted as new information unfolds.

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New Details! Wendy Williams’ Son Was Allegedly Punched in Face By His Father, After Calling Him a “B*tch!”

Family violence is all too prevalent and NEVER okay. When you add celebrity status to that mix it only makes a miasma of mess on public display. Wendy Williams knows this all too well as more details are coming out about the altercation between her son Kevin, and his father–and her soon to be ex-husband, Kevin, Sr. Allegedly, Kevin, Sr. hit his son in the face after being called a bitch by him. The two then began to wrestle and the police were called, resulting the younger Kevin being arrested.

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Family violence is all too prevalent and NEVER okay. When you add celebrity status to that mix it only makes a miasma of mess on public display. Wendy Williams knows this all too well as more details are coming out about the altercation between her son Kevin, and his father–and her soon to be ex-husband, Kevin, Sr. Allegedly, Kevin, Sr. hit his son in the face after being called a bitch by him. The two then began to wrestle and the police were called, resulting the younger Kevin being arrested.

via The Jasmine Brand

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“with a closed fist to the face.”

Kevin Jr. then got closer to his dad before he pushed him, which resulted in a scuffle.

The redacted report obtained reads,

 “Kevin [Jr.] then stated that he called [redacted] a ‘b****,’ which caused [redacted] to approach him in an aggressive manner and started pointing [redacted] finger very close to his face. [Kevin] Jr. then admitted to pushing [redacted], which caused them to start wrestling with one another.”

Kevin Sr. has insisted that he didn’t punch his son. But it was Kevin Jr. who was taken into custody for domestic violence simple assault. This all happened outside of a Krauszer’s Food Stores located in West Orange, NJKevin Jr. also refused to receive medical treatment.

Williams was not present at the time. But it might be safe to say the drama between the Kevins makes her emotional. She cried when a reporter asked her how her son and her soon-to-be ex-husband were doing (after he thought a man next to Williams was Kevin Jr.)

“Please don’t ask about Kevin. We have an 18-year-old son and I’m sensitive to that. But that is not Kevin. Young Kevin and I are fine… Big [Kevin]… Godspeed… You know, stuff happens in life. Stuff happens. And it’s okay. I’ve still got a very full life that I’ve really endured. Please don’t make me cry… Oh my gosh… I didn’t plan on this but it was what it was… I have a very full life. I would ask you to respect our privacy but please I don’t respect people’s privacy… But all three of us are doing fine.”

She said everyone will see the three of them together again considering Kevin Jr. has major life events coming up like graduating from college in a couple of years. She also spoke on the drama between the Kevins.

“They’re not apart.”

We are praying for Wendy and her family. This is clearly painful for her and the strain that all of this is placing her on family and health has been apparent.

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Colorism, Much? Mathew Knowles Says Beyonce’s Career Benefited from Lighter Skin, While Kelly Rowland’s Suffered…

Colorism, as defined by Dictionary.com, is “prejudice or discrimination against individuals with a dark skin tone, typically among people of the same ethnic or racial group.” This prejudice pervades the world and affects almost every ethnic group in the world. However, in the African-American community it has had serious psychological and emotional issues. It seems Black celebrities are not immune to this either as Mathew Knowles, Beyonce’s father and former manager states that have Beyonce’s career has benefited from her lighter skin tone, while her former group mate and best friend, Kelly Rowlan’s has suffered from her darker skin tone. 

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Colorism, as defined by Dictionary.com, is “prejudice or discrimination against individuals with a dark skin tone, typically among people of the same ethnic or racial group.” This prejudice pervades the world and affects almost every ethnic group in the world. However, in the African-American community it has had serious psychological and emotional issues. It seems Black celebrities are not immune to this either as Mathew Knowles, Beyonce’s father and former manager states that have Beyonce’s career has benefited from her lighter skin tone, while her former group mate and best friend, Kelly Rowlan’s has suffered from her darker skin tone.

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In the interview with “The Clay Cane Show” on SiriusXM Urban View, Knowles said he taught a college class that did its own research study on “colorism” in music spanning a period of 15 years and found that, “overwhelmingly,” light-skinned black women fared better than darker-toned divas, especially at Top 40 radio. Among the beneficiaries of the perceived bias cited by Knowles or Cane were Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Beyonce.

“In the music industry there’s still segregation,” said Knowles. “Programmers, especially at pop radio, have this imagery of what beauty looks like. … If you look back even at Whitney Houston, if you look at those photos, how they lightened her to make her look lighter-complexioned … Because there’s a perception and a colorism: the lighter that you are, the smarter and more economically (advantaged)… There’s a perception all around the world about color — even with black folks, there’s a perception.”

Asked by Cane if that prejudice toward lighter tones had any impact on Beyonce’s career, Knowles said, “I think she would have had — I think it would’ve affected her success. And I use Kelly Rowland as an example. She’s a great example. But you know, the great thing is, Kelly did exceptional outside of America, especially in Australia. Kelly sold over 4 million records. She just got off-script.”

Rowland has addressed the issue in the past. In 2013, in an interview with Cnikky.com, she acknowledge a period of insecurity about her look — even as it was coveted by many of her fans and admirers — and said, “You know what, I had great women in my life to help me overcome that. I remember I went through a period where I didn’t embrace my ‘chocolatiness.’” Rowland attributed her change of attitude in part to a conversation with Beyonce’s mother, Tina Knowles.

Mathew’s point of view, although disheartening, is not “new new.” Colorism is very much so still a part of an issue affecting African-Americans. It seems no matter how “woke” we currently are there are still issues in our own community to overcome and work through. Black is beautiful in every shade!

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YIKES! Lindsay Lohan Loses Her MTV Show & Night Club!

Just when we thought actress Lindsay Lohan was on the set up for a comeback, it looks like fate has other plans. Apparently not only has her MTV show, Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club, been canceled, but her nightclub, Mykonos, which served as the backdrop of the series has also been closed.

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Just when we thought actress Lindsay Lohan was on the set up for a comeback, it looks like fate has other plans. Apparently not only has her MTV show, Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club, been canceled, but her nightclub in Mykonos, Greece which served as the backdrop of the series, has also been closed.

via Page Six:

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The club opened in May 2018, and the show — which follows its staff’s daily lives — premiered in January to decent ratings.

But viewership then plummeted amid less-than-stellar reviews. The Hollywood Reporter called the show “vapid and tedious.”

“There was a renewal idea that producers hoped would perk it up for a second season,” said a source close to the production. “It would be turned into a show about Lindsay and [her mother] Dina and [sister] Ali, [but] that wasn’t going to happen.”

The show didn’t have “enough drama,” the source added. “They wanted ‘breakdowns.’ That’s not where [Lohan] is at with her life anymore. Their personal business doesn’t need to be aired on television; it’s already in the papers anyway.”

Another source close to the network said it’s still trying to salvage the show.

Meanwhile, a phone number listed for the Mykonos club on TripAdvisor wasn’t working when Page Six attempted to call.

Another number listed on the club’s website connected to Lohan Nightclub in Athens.

A source told us of the apparently defunct Mykonos club: “A friend had reservations this week, and the club just called and said that they will not be opening this season.”

Another source vacationing in Greece last month told us that the club wasn’t open then, either.

“The locals said it was a waste [of time to go],” said the vacationer.

A social media commenter posted last month of the Mykonos club: “They advertised being open for [the] summer season, specifically late May. We drove past and it’s literally [deserted] .?.?. The Lohan sign is stripped off.”

A Lohan rep confirmed that “she is not doing another season” of the show.

We wonder if Lindsay has any other ventures in the works. Lately it seems like she has really been trying to get her life back on track. Honestly, we are rooting for her!

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