Ja Rule Vs. 50 Cent (Pg. 3)
If you've been keeping up with the twists and turns in the Jussie Smollett case, then you may have thrown your hands in the air Tuesday morning (March 26) when prosecutors announced all charges against the 36-year-old actor were dropped.
The shock reverberated online and through the Chicago Police Department who accused the former Empire actor of staging the crime. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson were prompted to offer their reaction to the outcome.
"This is without a doubt a whitewash of justice," Emanuel said at a news conference. "There is no accountability. It is wrong, full stop."
Johnson, who was reportedly furious over the outcome, learned about the prosecution's decision while attending a police academy graduation with the mayor.
"I'm sure we all know what happened this morning," Johnson said. "Do I think justice was served? No. What do I think justice is? I think this city is owed an apology."
Johnson stands by his belief that Smollett made up the whole thing and also suggested a deal was made to keep Smollett out of prison.
"At the end of the day, it's Mr. Smollett who committed this hoax, period," Johnson said. "I heard that they wanted their day in court ... so America could know the truth, and they chose to hide behind a secrecy of a brokered deal to circumvent the judicial system."
The mayor was beside himself after the news, insisting he learned about Smollett's outcome when everyone else did and questioned where are the actor's morals.
“A person using hate crime laws that are on the books to protect people who are minorities, and you turn around and use them to advance your career?" Emmanuel said. "Is there no decency in this man?"
T.I. was recognized by the Georgia Senate for the good deeds the Atlanta-based rapper has done throughout the years, The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports.
The “Mediocre” artist was honored at the Georgia State Capitol on Friday (March 22) for the positive influence he’s had on the community. The ceremony was led by State Sen. Donzella James (D-Georgia), who praised Tip for his stellar non-profit, Harris Community Works, which offers help to the disadvantaged and marginalized, and For The Love Of Our Fathers, which caters to those living with Alzheimer's and Dementia.
Previously, the 38-year-old has been involved in various initiatives that empowered the greater ATL area, like collaborating with Walmart to give away 300 tickets so that people could see Black Panther on its premiere date last year.
He’s also establishing a project designed to help create affordable housing for those being affected by the city’s rapid gentrification. In partnership with Dynasty Real Estate Development and APD-Urban Planning and management, the company flips buildings to create cheaper housing in areas where rent has significantly increased.
Additionally, he’s contributed to the arts in curating a trap museum in Atlanta in commemoration to the now ubiquitous hip hop sub-genre.
The self-described "boss" of the Trinitarios group responsible for the brutal murder of 15-year-old Lesandro (Junior) Guzman-Feliz last June is reportedly cooperating with police.
According to The Daily News, Witness C, as he's being called, is cluing authorities in on all those accused of Junior's horrific murder. Bronx homicide detective Oscar Rosa spoke during a pre-trial hearing Monday (March 25) and said he interviewed Witness C shortly after the June 20, 2018 murder. That's how he learned Jose Muniz was “carrying a machete which he used against the victim as well.”
Witness C reportedly identified all five participants in court Monday (March 25) via photographs and placed them at his Boston Road apartment the killing. Defendant Elvin Garcia needed advice after the killing due to sustaining a hand injury during the attack. Witness C's sage advice: seek medical attention.
Rosa also testified that he spoke to Garcia briefly while at the 48th precinct and said he was curious as to why Witness C was willing to cooperate with law enforcement.
“I had a brief conversation with Mr. Garcia,” he said. “He did mention to us at one point, ‘If I talk to you, they’re gonna kill me — so I don’t know if I want to talk to you.' "
Junior's mother sat in a courtroom listening to evidence presented when she ran out in tears because a member of the gang that killed her son turned around a made a face at her.
“It’s disgusting,” said Jennifer Weisel, a family spokesperson. “The fact that one of them turns around and sticks their tongue out at her is absolutely disgraceful. He turned around and smirked and smiled at her and stuck his tongue out. She’s beyond upset. She walked out hysterically crying.”
On the night of June 20, 2018, Junior left his apartment to loan a friend some money when he chased down several blocks. Surveillance footage shows the teen entering a local bodega before being dragged out by members of the Trinitarios group and being stabbed and slashed multiple times with a machete.