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Empire’s Taraji P. Henson Wins Best Actress Prize At BET Awards: Gets Political During Acceptance Speech Warns About Trump!

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Sunday night, Empire’s own Cookie Lyon AKA actress, Taraji P. Henson took home the prize for Best Actress for the second year in a row at the BET Awards,.

During her acceptance speech, Henson thanked God and BET, with a nod that the award show is  “home”, as it honors the work of performers and more in the African-American community.  Taraji also acknowledged other female actresses expressing: “To all the beautiful women in the industry, I love you all. I look up to you all, you all inspire me to do great things. My sisters, I love you.”

However, Henson also took her moment to speak on the political climate of the upcoming Presidential election with an diss to Donald Trump without stating his name.  Henson said: “I’m really not political, but it’s serious out here.  And for those who think ‘Oh, he’s not going to win,” think again.  So, we really need to pull together and turn this country around.”

Later, in the awards show co-host Tracee Ellis Ross spoke to the audience at home to get out and vote. “As we all know, we have a very important election coming up. And we all need to vote!”

So, are you happy to hear Taraji took home the Best Actress prize? What do you think about her comments made during the BET ceremnines on the current political climate?

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Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

Looking forward to the Prince tribute.

Love her, she rocks as Cookie

Phil
Phil

#imwithher

su0000
su0000

CONGRATS Taraji !!

(and political Trump scares the bejesus outta me)
Trump has Presidential training wheels on, falling down and banging his head, and I do not want a Kindergarten President..

0ooh I liked Taraji ‘s saran wrap dress, very different.

Charday
Charday

I can’t stand when Hollywood types attempt at getting political. Just accept your award and get off the stage in that ugly dress.

jacque
jacque

So Agree with this comment.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

She really knows how to chew scenery and I love watching her. Nobody is more powerful than she is. As for her political statements, all she said was that it is important to vote this year. She didn’t say anything that many others before her have said but she’s right—for anyone out there who thinks Trump won’t win really should rethink because without everyone voting who is eligible, he will be a shoo-in.

Ray
Ray

Without the black, Hispanic, female and gay vote?

SZima
SZima

Whether you agree with what was said, or not, an awards show acceptance speech is not the place to air your political opinions.

Keep your opinions to yourself!

Bart
Bart

Agreed – accept your silly token award and shut up!!

k/kay
k/kay

I wonder if she bought all the Saran Wrap out at Wal-Mart? Scary!

Celia
Celia

Super tacky! Don’t understand the outfit.

Matthew
Matthew

There’s never a wrong moment to encourage Americans to make sure that Love Trumps Hate! #StrongerTogether!

Boes
Boes

I’m glad she spoke up.

Liam
Liam

Screw the BET awards and any other awards shows. They’re not so much about honoring their peers as they are platforms for self-marketing and driving social and political agendas.

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

Way to go Taraji! Thank you!!

Mo
Mo

She forgot her skirt.

I don’t like political statements during award shows.

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Jussie Smollett Scenes Cut From ‘Empire’ In Light Of Attack Investigation

As of Tuesday, the production of Fox’s hit series, Empire has slashed Jussie Smollett’s upcoming scenes following reports that the suspicion is now on him for allegedly staging the “hate” attack he reported to the Chicago PD back on January 29th.

According to production sources viaTMZ: Jussie was supposed to have nine scenes and a big musical performance in the second-to-last episode of Season 5,  Now, five scenes and the musical number have been axed.  Smollett’s character is also no longer the focus of his remaining four scenes, which will now feature an ensemble of characters.

The actor/singer who portrays Jamal Lyon will be working Friday and possibly Thursday but won’t be rehearsing.

The Empire writers are said to have been scrambling over the last 24 hours to revise this season’s scripts.

All of this despite despite strongly expressed renewed support by Empire showrunner Brett Mahoney on February 17th.  The goal now is said to be to reduce Smollett’s role both in dramatic stints and musical performances.

Empire returns for the remainder of its fifth season on March 13.

Smollett claims he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack near his Chicago apartment, but things took a turn when he may have paid two friends to help stage the assault.

This case is said to be going before a Grand Jury as early as today.

What are your thoughts on the latest developments in the Smollett case and Empire reducing his appearances for the remainder of the season? Comment below.

 

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Chicago Police Believe That Jussie Smollett May Have Been “Active Participant” In His Own Attack

Saturday has brought with it some major twists and developments into the alleged assault on Empire star, Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon) through multiple reports.  Two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the on-going investigation told CNN that Chicago Police believe actor Jussie Smollet paid two men to orchestrate an assault on him.

The men in question, who are brothers, Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, were originally arrested on Wednesday, but released without charges Friday after Chicago police cited: “Due to new evidence as a result of today’s interrogations, the individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have now been released without charging and detectives have additional investigative work to complete.”  Reports also say that the two men are fully cooperating with law enforcement.

Of note is: that the brothers are of Nigerian descent and teach online body building classes. The Chicago Tribune reports that Smollett follows the brothers’ workout page on Instagram.   One brother reportedly appeared in an episode of Empire, but was not credited it for it.

Smollett’s attack happened in the early hours of January 29th on the streets of Chicago, when Smollett told authorities that two men were “yelling out racial and homophobic slurs.”  He also noted that one of the attackers put a rope around his neck and poured an unknown chemical substance on him.

The sources told CNN there are records that show the two brothers purchased the rope found around Smollett’s neck at an Ace Hardware store in Chicago.

“The new direction of the investigation is now based on the premise that Mr. Smollett was an active participant in the incident,” a law enforcement source close to the situation told Deadline.

In a statement from Chicago PD late Saturday: “We can confirm that the information received from the individuals questioned by police earlier in the Empire case has in fact shifted the trajectory of the investigation. We’ve reached out to the ‘Empire’ cast member’s attorney to request a follow-up interview.”

In an update to this story: Jussie’s lawyers said in statement over the weekend that one of the brothers taken in to custody was Smollett’s personal trainer, and the actor finds it “impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or would falsely claim Jussie’s complicity.”

So, what do you believe at this juncture?  Do you think Smollett would stage a hate crime on himself? Could the police just not have found the true culprits? Share your theories on this developing story.

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‘Empire’s’ Jussie Smollett To Speak For First Time Since Attack On Good Morning America

While the Chicago Police Department continues its investigation into the attack, and a statement from his reps saying that the PD has found his account “consistent and credible”, Empire star Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon) will open up for the first time publicly since the hate crime, perpetrated against him.

The interview will air on Thursday’s Good Morning America on ABC.  Robin Roberts was given the exclusive interview with the talented actor/singer.

In a preview for the interview when Roberts asks if at anytime during the attack he feared for his life, Jussie is seen breaking into tears.

According to the LA Times, while Smollett has been cooperating with police, investigators recently rejected his phone records as evidence because they claimed they“do not meet the burden for a criminal investigation as they were limited and heavily redacted.”

In a statement given to Deadline by Smolett’s reps on the situation, and any backlash, they clarified:  “Jussie is the victim here, which has been stated by the Superintendent of Police.  Jussie has voluntarily provided his phone records from within an hour of the attack and given multiple statements to police.  Chicago PD has repeatedly informed us that they find Jussie’s account of what happened that night consistent and credible. Superintendent Johnson has been clear from day one that Jussie is a victim. We are continuing to work closely with the Chicago PD and remain confident that they will find Jussie’s attackers and bring them to justice.”

So, will you be watching Smollett’s interview tomorrow?  Share your thoughts on the developing story via the comment section below.

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