Wayne Brady heads home to Florida for interactive, improv rock concert

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Wayne Brady loves Orlando. The City Beautiful is where he grew up, where he went to school and where he created and honed the skills that have made him one of Hollywood’s most versatile entertainers.

“While I wasn’t born there—I was born in Columbus, Georgia—in terms of my life, Orlando is the place that I claim. I always get a sense of pride whenever I see anyone come out of Orlando that’s done anything really great,” Brady says.

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Special prosecutor named to look into Jussie Smollett case

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CHICAGO (AP) | A judge appointed a special prosecutor on Aug. 23 to look into why the Chicago state’s attorney’s office abruptly dropped the case against Jussie Smollett, leaving open the possibility that the former “Empire” actor could yet face charges in what police say was a phony attack on himself that he staged to get attention.

Smollett maintains that he was the target of a racist and homophobic attack in January. But if the special prosecutor, former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb, determines that the charges shouldn’t have been dropped, he could recommend that they be reinstated or that new charges be brought.

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Fox: Jussie Smollet gone from ‘Empire,’ character lives on

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) | Jussie Smollett is gone from “Empire” but his character will live on, at least in photos.

Smollett’s Jamal Lyon, who last season married Kai (Toby Onwumere), will be away on his honeymoon when the Fox drama returns Sept. 24 for its sixth and last season, Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier said Wednesday.

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Smollett wants Chicago’s lawsuit moved to federal court

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CHICAGO (AP) | Jussie Smollett wants the lawsuit that the city of Chicago filed against him moved from state court to federal court.

The motion filed July 3 and released to the media by Smollett’s representatives comes after the city sued the actor in April for the cost of investigating his allegations that he was a victim of a racist and anti-gay attack in downtown Chicago.

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Iggy Azalea pauses Chicago Pride show to speak on trans equality

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“I really want to say something important. Because we’re all here for a reason, right?” the 28-year-old Australian rapper addressed the crowd.

“I don’t want us to forget the meaning of Pride or why we came here,” she continued. “To a lot of people, you guys are still invisible and you have to fight every day just to be who you are. That’s why we’ve gotta be here tonight because we gotta be loud as f—. This shows you exist and you are valid.”

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Transgender woman alleges former Chicago cop of sex crime

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CHICAGO (AP) | Chicago police are investigating allegations that a now-retired sergeant forced a transgender woman to perform a sex act inside a marked police vehicle while he was on duty.

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the details of the investigation are included in documents the paper obtained. Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says that after an internal investigation the sergeant was stripped of his police powers in early April and that he has since retired.

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Rainbow crosswalks installed in Chicago’s ‘Boystown’ area

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CHICAGO (AP) | More than a dozen crosswalks are to be painted rainbow colors in Chicago’s “Boystown” area for June’s LGBTQ Pride activities.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the Northalsted Business Alliance expects the crosswalks to be finished in time for Pride Fest on June 22 and 23 and the Chicago Pride Parade on June 30. The 14 crosswalks are being installed along Halsted Street in the Lakeview neighborhood on the city’s North Side. Alliance officials say their money and donations are funding the $60,000 cost.

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Lori Lightfoot becomes first openly gay, black woman to be mayor of Chicago

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Lori Lightfoot made history on Monday when she was inaugurated as mayor of Chicago making her the first openly gay, black woman to hold the title.

Lightfoot, who was joined by her wife Amy Eshleman and 11-year-old daughter Vivian, delivered her inaugural speech to a crowd at Wintrust Arena.

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Juneau drag queen one of eight competing in national pageant

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) | Gigi Monroe is going to Hollywood.

The Juneau drag queen will be one of eight competing in a new Drag Queen of the Year Pageant Competition Award Contest Competition debuting during RuPaul’s DragCon 2019 in Los Angeles.

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Chicago’s top prosecutor subpoenaed in Jussie Smollett case

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CHICAGO (AP) | Chicago’s top prosecutor has been subpoenaed to appear in court by a retired appellate judge who’s pushing for a special prosecutor to investigate the handling of the case against actor Jussie Smollett.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Sheila O’Brien also subpoenaed Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s top deputy and requested that Smollett appear at a hearing on her request.

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Parliament House’s Darcel Stevens wins Miss Continental Plus 2019

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Parliament House Entertainment Director Darcel Stevens has been crowned Miss Continental Plus 2019.

Miss Continental Plus is a part of Continental Pageantry Systems, described as the ultimate female impersonation pageantry system throughout the world. The system began in 1980 and expanded to include Miss Continental Plus in 1990. The 2019 pageant featured 23 contestants, including Stevens, who was crowned in Chicago on April 23.

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Brothers sue Jussie Smollett’s lawyers, claiming defamation

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CHICAGO (AP) | Two brothers who say they helped Jussie Smollett stage a racist and homophobic attack against himself filed a lawsuit April 23 against the “Empire” actor’s attorneys, alleging that they repeatedly asserted publicly that the brothers carried out a real, bigoted attack on Smollett despite knowing that wasn’t true.

A lawyer for Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of the brothers. It names Mark Geragos and his law firm as defendants.

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