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Television: Still Whiter Than a Polar Bear in a Snowstorm [BC TV MELTDOWN-OPINION]

The number one problem with television today is a lack of diversity. What?!?! But what about hit shows like Black-ish, Atlanta, Fresh Off the Boat, Scandal, Empire, Superstore, The Good Place? First, most of those are critical successes, but not necessarily ratings successes. Indeed, the top rated scripted and reality shows are still over-whelmingly white, […]

‘Empire’ – Lee Daniels: Jussie Smollett “Will NOT Be Returning” for Season 6

Approximately a month after FOX renewed Lee Daniels and Danny Strong’s music industry drama Empire for a sixth and final season, Daniels is finally putting to rest rumors that controversial cast member Jussie Smollett‘s character Jamal Lyon would join the series’ final run. Taking to Twitter on Tuesday to respond to a Variety article that reported show […]



BREAKING: Charges Against ‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett Dropped

In a move that has already set social media aflame once again, Chicago prosecutors have dropped all charges against Empire star Jussie Smollett. Arrving to a Chicago courtroom early Tuesday morning for an emergency meeting, after which it was learned that all 16 felony counts were being dropped and that his “record has been wiped […]

Avengers: Endgame Gets Three New Empire Magazine Covers

Avengers: Endgame is getting three new covers for the next issue of Empire Magazine, which will be on news stands on March 21. Two of the regular covers will feature the original Avengers team of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, and Black Widow. The other will feature Thanos in his battle armor. None […]

Empire Star Jussie Smollett Pleads “Not Guility” to Disorderly Conduct Charges

Less than a week after the Empire actor/singer was indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct, Jussie Smollett appeared before Cook County trial Judge Steven Watkins on Thursday morning to plead (though attorney Tina Glandian) “not guily” to all counts. Currently out on $100,000 bail, Smollett could face more than three years in jail and […]

‘New York Undercover’: Dexter’s Luna Lauren Velez Returning for ABC Reboot Pilot

Another cast member from the original series’ run is returning for ABC‘s New York Undercover contemporary reboot/restart/reimagining/re???, with Dexter‘s Luna Lauren Velez set to reprise her role as Nina Moreno for the pilot. Original show creator Dick Wolf, Ben Watkins (Hand of God), and director Anthony Hemingway  (Underground, American Crime Story) are spearheading the project. Wolf Films, Universal TV, and […]

‘Empire’ EPs Remove Jussie Smollett’s Character from Final Season 5 Eps

Less than 24 hours after Empire actor Jussie Smollett was released on $100,000 bond after being arrested Thursday morning on multiple felony charges stemming from an alleged assault in late January 2019, the executive producers of the popular FOX series have made the decision to remove his character Jamal from the remainder of the series’ […]

‘Empire’ Actor Jussie Smollett Released on $100,000 Bond

UPDATE: Empire actor Jussie Smollett was released on $100,000 bond after a court hearing on Thursday, after being arrested this morning on multiple felony charges stemming from an alleged assault in late January 2019. During the hearing, a series of texts between the actor/singer and siblings Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo showing how the attack was planned were […]

Chicago PD: “Dissatisfied with His Salary,” Empire’s Jussie Smollett Staged Attack; Trump Responds

According to Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, Empire star Jussie Smollett staged his own “assault” because he was “dissatisfied with his salary” and looking for better positioning on the FOX drama series. During a Thursday morning press conference, Johnson also revealed that Smollett paid brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo $3,500 (by check) to particpate in the fake […]

Jussie Smollett FULL Interview on alleged attack | ABC News Exclusive

‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett Arrested; Bail Hearing Expected Thursday

Empire star Jussie Smollett is under arrest and currently in the custody of of Chicago police detectives, with Chicago PD Chief Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi confirming the actor/singer’s arrest Thursday morning. The arrest comes less than 12 hours after Smollett was formally charged with federal disorderly conduct for allegedly “filing a false police report (Class 4 felony).” Law enforcement is expected to brief […]

Empire’s Jussie Smollett Faces Disorderly Conduct Charge for Filing False Police Report

Only hours after Chicago Police Department Chief Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi announced that Empire star Jussie Smollett had been “officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation” for allegedly “filing a false police report (Class 4 felony),” the actor/singer has been formally charged with federal disorderly conduct. This legal turn of events comes on the […]

Jussie Smollett FULL Interview on alleged attack | ABC News Exclusive

‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett “Classified as a Suspect” in Attack Investigation: Chicago PD

Chicago Police Department Chief Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi took to Twitter Wednesday afternoon to announce that Empire star Jussie Smollett has been “officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation” for allegedly “filing a false police report (Class 4 felony).” The Chicago PD also stated that investigating detectives were in the process of “presenting evidence […]

Jussie Smollett FULL Interview on alleged attack | ABC News Exclusive

Jussie Smollett’s Attorneys: Actor “Angered and Devastated” Over Recent Reports

Responding to CNN reporting late Saturday night from that actor/singer Jussie Smollett either arranged or played a planning role in his assault and was now the focus of Chicago Police’s investigation, the Empire star’s defense lawyers Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson pushed back on behalf of their client with the following statement: “As […]




Jussie Smollett’s Family: Attacks “Inhumane Acts of Domestic Terrorism”; CPD Release “Persons of Interest” Images

Less than 48 hours after Empire star Jussie Smollett was hopitalized following an assault in Chicago that law enforcement is describing as a “possible hate crime,” the Smollett family and Underground‘s Jurnee Smollett-Bell have released a statement condemning the attack, the perpetrators, and similar hate crimes (see below). The Chicago Police Department confirmed that in the early hours of […]