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Jussie Smollett: Neighbor Saw Suspicious Man, Police Review Surveillance

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An anonymous neighbor disclosed to TMZ that she saw one of Jussie Smollett’s attackers, a suspicious ‘redneck’ carrying a rope. Meanwhile, police continue to scan surveillance recordings for footage of the attack.

The Search Continues

After reviewing hundreds of hours of surveillance footage, Chicago authorities still have no official video of the hate crime against ‘Empire’ actor, Jussie Smollett. Police expanded their search for cameras in an effort to obtain photos of the assailants to no avail. As of now, neither photos, videos, nor a vehicle have been identified. However, they footage of Jussie walking around and still images of him in the Subway restaurant.

Chicago Police have redoubled their efforts to provide photos of the attackers. For now, they have released images of two persons of interest. Cops say the two were spotted around Jussie’s neighborhood, just between Subway and his home. The lone still image circulating news media shows the suspects on New Street, near the intersection with E. Illinois, at roughly 1:30 AM and 1:45 AM.

Spotted Before the Attack

Seen outside of the apartment building where Jussie Smollet resides was a scruffy White male. Visibly agitated, he smoked a cigarette while pacing between the parking garage and complex entrance. A woman who resides at the complex said she saw him while taking her dogs outside around 12:30 AM.

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Describing his appearance, the neighbor says he wore a blue winter beanie, hooded blue zip-up sweatshirt, and blue jeans that were too short. Beneath the jeans, she could see thick, grey hunting socks with camel-colored dress shoes. Upon further inspection, she saw what looked like rope, or clothesline, made from blue and white material protruding from his sweatshirt. She then noticed he was not alone.

Roughly 300 feet away was another male standing near a different entrance to the building. After spending 5 minutes in their presence, she got “creeped out” and returned to her apartment.

While she didn’t hear the attack, the neighbor said learned of it when she noticed security swarming the lobby. At 4 AM, she was headed to the gym when the concierge told her there had been an attack. After telling him what she saw, she was asked to speak with detectives.


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12 Year-Old Keedron Bryant Signed to Warner Records

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“OOHHH THANK YA” is all Keedron Bryant had to say on social media when news finally came out that he had signed a record deal with Warner Records.

Amidst all the difficult news we’ve been facing these past few weeks, we wanted to give you something to smile about. You might remember Keedron Bryant, the 12-year-old boy who went viral after posting a video of himself singing “I Just Wanna Live,” a song written by his mother that tells of being Black in America and just wanting to live.

Keedron’s performance was noticed by everyone from former president Barack Obama, who referred to him and posted the performance in a statement on the murder of George Floyd, to comedian Ellen Degeneres, who closed her show with his full video. 

Just when we thought this story couldn’t give us any more feels, it was announced that Keedron was officially signed to Warner Records and his viral hit would be released on all platforms Friday, June 19, otherwise known as Juneteenth, a day marking the end of slavery in America. 

Congratulations are definitely in order for Keedron Bryant.

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Netflix CEO Donates $120 Million to HBCU’s

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Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings, along with his wife, Patty Quillin, are donating $120 million dollars in total to Morehouse College, Spelman College, and the United Negro College Fund. The $120 million will go towards scholarships for the students. Each college will get $40 million.

According to the United Negro College Fund, this is the largest single donation by individuals.

In a statement Hastings and Quillin said, “We’ve supported these three extraordinary institutions for the last few years because we believe that investing in the education of black youth is one of the best ways to invest in America’s future.”

This isn’t Hastings’ and Quillin’s first time donating to HBCU’s and minority education. In 1997, the two began supporting the KIPP charter school network which helps black and latino students. In 2016, Hastings created a $100 million dollar education fund for black and latino scholarships.

“HBCUs have a tremendous record, yet are disadvantaged when it comes to giving. Generally, white capital flows to predominantly white institutions, perpetuating capital isolation. We hope this additional $120 million donation will help more black students follow their dreams and also encourage more people to support these institutions — helping to reverse generations of inequity in our country,” says Hastings and Quillin.

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