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Activists And Entertainers Star In Moving PSA, 'Against The Wall'

To put into perspective the dire need to cease police brutality in black and brown communities, a new PSA made its way to the Internet to serve as a meeting ground for discussion.

To put into perspective the dire need to cease police brutality in black and brown communities, a new PSA made its way to the Internet to serve as a meeting ground for discussion.

Titled Against The Wall, the black-and-white reel features prominent activists and entertainers, including Danny Glover, Michael K. Williams, Sydney G. James, Van Jones, and Michael B. Jordan. Pressed up against a wall with their hands by their heads, audio of police shootings that have catalyzed the Black Lives Matter movement, plus news coverage of those deaths play as the participators stare morosely into the camera.

The visual also features one of the most stirring lines uttered by an actual law enforcement official, that coming from officer Nakia Jones who went viral in July for her video condemning racist police tactics.

"If you are white and you're working in a black community and you are racist, you need to be ashamed of yourself," Jones professes.

Against The Wall was directed by Christopher Renz and Gerard Bush, the latter issuing a statement, per Mashable, on the meaning behind the video.

“We thought it would prove powerful to place these celebrated people in the same positions that too many within the black community face — being forced against the wall, hands up, on the ground and eventually shot dead by police," Bush said. "You can see and feel the same pain, bewilderment, fear, humiliation in the faces of these celebrated people, as you could imagine would have been on the faces of the victims themselves."

In partnership with Sankofa.org, which was founded by legendary activist, Harry Belafonte, the 89-year-old shared that through this PSA, "We are shining a light and calling out to all to take a look, listen and feel within your heart to take action," he said.

View the full PSA below.

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Jussie Smollett Is Officially A Suspect In His Alleged Chicago Attack

Jussie Smollett is officially a suspect in the alleged attack that occurred in Chicago earlier this year. Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi  announced the news on Twitter on Wednesday (Feb. 20).

“Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by #ChicagoPolice for filing a false police report (Class 4 felony),” Guglielmi tweeted.

Case Update: Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by #ChicagoPolice for filing a false police report (Class 4 felony). Detectives are currently presenting evidence before a Cook County Grand Jury. pic.twitter.com/FhDcbBKsuU

— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) February 20, 2019

The announcement comes only moments after video surfaced of the two brother purchasing ski masks, gloves, and other supplies in a local store. The Osundairo brothers were allegedly hired by Smollett to act out the attack.

Smollett has adamently denied accusations that he staged the attack. His family, Fox, and many other celebrity friends also released statements defending him.

This story is developing. 

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Video Surfaces Of Osundairo Brothers Buying Supplies For Jussie Smollett Attack

A new video of the Osundairo brothers, the two who alleged Jussie Smollett hired them to stage an attack in Chicago earlier this year, has surfaced online. The video shows Ola and Abel Osundairo purchasing supplies that were allegedly used in the attack.

The video, which was obtained by CBS, shows the two brothers stepping up to the cashier's counter to buy ski masks, gloves, bandanas, sunglasses, and red hats that resembled MAGA hats. At one point in the video, Abel pulls his hood over his head, perhaps in an attempt to avoid showing his face on surveillance cameras.

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I tracked down surveillance of the Osundairo's buying supplies before "attack"

Sources say Jussie Smollet told brothers what to buy.

Countless phone calls placed for this.

Visited more stores than I wish to admit. @cbschicago https://t.co/GT6h2g6Y9a pic.twitter.com/ULr3UTDe9Q

— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) February 20, 2019

CBS2 reports that the brothers bought the suspected supplies the day before the "attack" on Jussie. While previous videos obtained by the Chicago PD suggest the attackers were wearing ski masks at the time, the new footage does not confirm that Smollett orchestrated the attack.

The Empire actor has reportedly agreed to sit down with the police for another interview. Check out the new video below.

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Ari Lennox And J. Cole Team Up For "Shea Butter Baby" Video

Dreamville's Ari Lennox and J. Cole have united for a new music video, and the end result is exquisite. The duo released the visuals for their collaboration "Shea Butter Baby" on Wednesday (Feb. 20).

The Bennett Johnson-directed video depicts the ups and downs of a relationship between Ari and her partner. Cole also appears around the halfway mark of the video as he spits his verse while standing in a vacant space with Lennox.

"Shea Butter Baby" appears on Mike Will Made-It's soundtrack album for Creed II. It's the third single to receive video treatment, following "Runnin'" (with with Eearz, Schoolboy Q and2 Chainz) and "Kill 'Em With Success" (with ASAP Rocky, ASAP Ferg and Nicki Minaj).

The new video follows a string of releases from both Ari and Cole in the past year. J. Cole recently dropped his single "Middle Child," which he performed during the 2019 All-Star Game. Ari also released a series of tracks that are expected to appear on her upcoming album.

Check out the visuals for "She Butter Baby" in the video above.

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