‘Empire’ will end after season six with ‘no plans’ to bring back Jussie Smollett

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
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“Empire” will return for a sixth season but it will be the final season for the Fox series.

“We are turning the final season into a large TV event,” Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier told EW. “We are trying to go out guns a-blazing. One of the great benefits of announcing the final season is that it actually allows fans to lean in and have the ending they deserve. Six years is a remarkable run.”

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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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‘Empire’ makes history with first gay, black wedding on primetime TV

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Above: Toby Onwumere and Jussie Smollett on ‘Empire.’ (Screenshot via YouTube)

“Empire” made history on Wednesday night by featuring the first wedding between two gay, black men on primetime television.

Jamal (Jussie Smollett) and Kai (Toby Onwumere) said their “I dos” for a groundbreaking scene in the episode titled “Never Doubt I Love.”

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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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‘SNL’ mocks Jussie Smollett case with Sandra Oh

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Saturday Night Live” mocked the Jussie Smollett case in a skit starring host and ‘Killing Eve” star Sandra Oh as Smollett’s manager.

The skit titled “Network Meeting” starts off with Oh trying to keep Smollett’s (Chris Redd) job on “Empire” in a meeting with show runner Lee Daniels (Kenan Thompson) and Fox executives (Mikey Day, Kate McKinnon and Ego Nwodim).

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Trump says DOJ, FBI to review the Jussie Smollett case

By : Mariah Cooper Of The Washington Blade, Courtesy Of The National LGBT Media Association
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President Donald Trump tweeted on March 28 that the U.S. Department of Justice and FBI will review the “outrageous” Jussie Smollett case after prosecutors dropped 16 counts of disorderly conduct against the “Empire” actor.

“FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!” Trump tweeted.

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Chicago prosecutors drop all charges against Jussie Smollett

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Prosecutors in Cook County, Illinois have dropped all charges against “Empire” star Jussie Smollett. On March 14, Smollett was indicted by a grand jury on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false report. He pled not guilty.

Smollett was summoned to an emergency court hearing at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday where State Attorney Kim Foxx told him that all charges against him had been dropped and his record expunged. Smollett forfeited his bond and the judge also granted a motion to seal the case from the public.

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Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to lying about attack

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CHICAGO (AP) | “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty March 14 to charges accusing him of lying to the police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago a few weeks ago.

Lawyer Tina Glandian entered the plea on behalf of the 36-year-old actor during a hearing in Cook County Circuit Court after Judge Steven Watkins was assigned to oversee the case, including the trial.

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For Jussie Smollett, one story equals 16 felony counts

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CHICAGO (AP) | News that a grand jury had indicted “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett for allegedly lying to Chicago police about being attacked by two masked men may not have made much of a splash except for one thing: The lone felony count that Smollett had been arrested on last month had turned into 16.

The reasons Smollett is facing 16 counts rather than just one count of disorderly conduct — the felony in Illinois that people are charged with when accused of lying to police — are not fully explained in the indictment that a grand jury returned on March 7. But legal experts say indictments like that aren’t uncommon in Chicago, and there are some explanations as to how the grand jury could have arrived at the 16 counts, eight of them for Smollett’s comments to a police officer and eight others for what he told a detective.

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Queen Latifah supports Jussie Smollett until there’s ‘definitive proof’ he lied

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Queen Latifah is standing by Jussie Smollett until she sees “definitive proof” he lied.

During an appearance on the Yahoo News series, “Through Her Eyes,” host Zainab Salbi asked Latifah for her thoughts on Smollett, who is accused of allegedly staging a hate crime.

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Watch: Jussie Smollett needs legal advice in ‘SNL’ ‘Shark Tank’ parody

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Saturday Night Live” parodied Jussie Smollett’s legal troubles in a “Shark Tank” sketch.

In “Shark Tank: Legal Edition,” the business sharks are replaced with famous lawyers Michael Avenatti (Pete Davidson), Jeanine Pirro (Cecily Strong), Alan Dershowitz (John Mulaney) and Rudy Giuliani (Kate McKinnon).

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Social media provides fuel for Jussie Smollett story

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CHICAGO (AP) | The story Jussie Smollett told police had it all: racism, homophobia, politics, celebrity — all tied up with a hangman’s noose. There was no question the news coverage was going to be massive.

In many ways, that coverage is an object lesson in the foibles of modern reporting. The story showed where news outlets teeter on the line between driving social media and being driven by it, between healthy skepticism and cautious credulity.

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