Smollett now a suspect for filing false police report

By : Staff Reports OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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UPDATE: A Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokesperson has confirmed Feb. 20 to the Los Angeles Blade that felony charges have been filed against actor Jussie Smollett. The actor was indicted for filing a false report after a Grand jury heard evidence from Chicago police investigators in connection to the alleged hate-crime incident last month.

Smollett will be charged with Class 4 felony which is punishable with a prison term of between 1 to 3 three years if found guilty.

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The Other Side of Life: Our Sunday Problem

By : Jason Leclerc
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It’s no accident that this new generation of American national populists looks to a time when America was better. During few instances in the history of mankind has a confluence of institutions come together with such force as in post-WWII America.

GIs returned, buoyed by the pride of defeating evil in the world. They made babies and industries; they sterilized myths about the ideals they fought for. The middle class expanded along with waistlines and wallets. They built malls and suburbs and mega-churches and gas-guzzling automobiles. Americans raced across the continent to sightsee, they spread across the globe to protect democracy and they zoomed into space. They built a binary world: America and everybody else.

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11.30.17 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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I’m not much of a doomsday theorist, nor do I have patience for anyone who is. I try not to use this space to whimper the blues of how dark society has become and lament the good ole days. Instead, I try to relate something from my past to today’s strifes in an effort to make sense out of them or to find a path to the next right thing. I’d much rather talk about solutions than problems. Today I am finding that difficult to do.

There are so many recent topics any given liberal could use to demonstrate how our current president is failing our society by manipulating truths. The concept of fake news is one that grates on my nerves. It’s misnamed. The problem here comes when we forget that news is news and facts are facts. Just because you don’t like a story doesn’t make it fake. Likewise, just because you wrote about your opinion, it doesn’t make it news. Perhaps opinionated news, not fake news, is a better term to use when the writer’s opinion matters more to the reader than facts. Lumping all media into the same category compounds the problem as well. There are clear options for news that employ journalists with integrity. It’s easy to find them when you read their articles, not just the headlines.

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Jussie Smollett calls Trump ‘a pig, a racist, a horrible human being’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Jussie Smollett, who plays Jamal Lyon on “Empire,” unloaded his feelings about President Donald Trump’s responses to recent events in an interview with SiriusXM Progress Radio.

The out actor began by saying he viewed the “take a knee” NFL protests started by Colin Kaepernick to be a right as an American citizen.

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The Tender Activist: Making a stand by sitting

By : Scottie Campbell
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scottie campbellI grew up in a military household. My biological father – more aptly referred to as ex-father – and my stepfather – more rightly referred to as Dad – were both in the Air Force, so I spent the first 21 years of my life on military bases. Though the teen-angster in me often bemoaned the lifestyle of having my ID checked by a soldier with an M16 just to go to school, today I consider myself lucky for the opportunities afforded to me as an Air Force brat.

Our National Anthem played a large role in our lives. When we went to the movies on base, we stood for the national anthem before it began. Everything would stop for the National Anthem each day when it was broadcast on loudspeakers; we all would stand still where we were, cars would stop and the same thing would repeat for a broadcast of “Taps” at night.

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Rapinoe stymied in bid for second National Anthem protest

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BOYDS, Md. (AP) – The Washington Spirit prevented Seattle midfielder Megan Rapinoe from kneeling again during the national anthem by altering its pregame ceremonies rather than “subject our fans and friends to the disrespect we feel such an act would represent.”

The National Women’s Soccer League team moved up the anthem, playing it while the teams were off the field at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

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