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Chicago Mayor Says Jussie Smollett "Abused The City Of Chicago"

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is bewildered that all 16 felony counts against Jussie Smollett were dropped Tuesday.  (March 26)

Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson reportedly learned of the bombshell news with the rest of the world and offered stern commentary about the case that left the country guessing after each new development.

The mayor took his frustration to Good Morning America Wednesday (March 27) and doubled down on his belief that the former Empire actor is guilty.

"He abused the City of Chicago. He actually committed a crime here and remember, the grand jury indicted him after only seeing a portion of the evidence," the mayor said. "He said he wanted to get his name cleared and that's what I want for him.

Emanuel insists dropping the charges only further confuses Chicago and all those who have been following the story.

"Let's get to the bottom of this. He violated everything and every principle in a city that not only embraced him as an actor but more importantly the values of being whoever you are, whoever you love, whatever your background you have a home here. He took that, turned it around and tried to self promote himself."

In January, Smollett alleged to have been attacked by two men who used racial and homophobic slurs as he exited a Subway fast-food restaurant at 2 AM. Smollet said the men beat and kicked him, attempted to tie a noose around his neck and poured bleach on him. Immediately, many in Hollywood took to social media to offer support, but as the story went on suspicion arose.

While the charges against the openly-gay entertainer have been dropped, Fox News is reporting lawsuits as well as a federal investigation may be next.

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John Singleton In Coma After Suffering From A Stroke

John Singleton is reportedly in a coma after suffering from a major stroke, TMZ reports.

The Boyz N the Hood filmmaker has reportedly been in the ICU since last weekend. According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, Singleton's mother, Sheila Ward, is asking a judge to appoint her temporary conservator of his work because he is "unable to properly provide for his personal needs for physical health, food, clothing, or shelter." Singleton was reportedly working on several projects and preparing to sign a lucrative settlement agreement at the time of his stroke, according to Ward.

As previously reported, Singleton suffered a stroke on April 17, after returning from Costa Rica. After experiencing problems with his legs, he reportedly checked into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles where he suffered a stroke in his hospital room.

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'Empire' Makes History By Airing First Black Gay Wedding On Network TV

Wedding bells have just made their way into the history books. Last night (April 25), FOX's Empire became the first network television show to air a black gay wedding. Jamal and his fiancé Kai (Jussie Smollett and Toby Onwumere, respectively) jump the broom and swap vows in the episode titled "Never Doubt I Love."

As an added treat, Empire even tapped the legendary Chaka Khan to perform at the fictional star-studded wedding (Mario and Wood Harris even showed up) which, as evidenced by the episode BTS video, was a moment for everyone right to the stars of the show themselves. “Today’s wedding is special and controversial,” Khan said of using her voice for this particular cameo. “But my answer to all that is just love is love.”

Cast members Taraji P. Henson and Gabourey Sidibe agree that Jamal and Kai's wedding might have just become the best Empire wedding.

While this doesn't necessarily take away from the controversy still surrounding Smollett's case in Chicago, it was a cause for celebration regarding diversity and representation on television nonetheless. As Ms. Khan said, right here and right now, the most important thing to note is that love is love.

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Lizzo Will Appear In 'Hustlers' Alongside Cardi B And Jennifer Lopez

Lizzo continues to make waves as a musician, instrumentalist, body-positivity icon and booty-shaker extraordinaire. The artist– whose major-label debut Cuz I Love You is receiving praise from listeners and critics alike– will have a chance to put her twerking skills to the test.

According to reports, the Minnesota transplant is set to join the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B and Keke Palmer in the already-stacked lineup for the upcoming film, Hustlers. Deadline reports that this is Lizzo’s first live-action film, and her second film overall. She’ll be voicing a character in the upcoming animated musical film, Uglydolls.

Hustlers, which is set to be released by September 2019, is inspired by an article published in New York Magazine in 2016, which “follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.”

Additional actresses set to appear in the film include Fresh Off The Boat’s Constance Wu, Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart, Julia Stiles, Transparent’s Trace Lysette, Mercedes Ruehl, dancer Mette Towley and Orange Is The New Black’s Madeline Brewer.

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