Tag: Chicago

Chance The Rapper Announced That He’s Expecting A Second Child With His Wife Kirsten Corley

Getty Image 2019 is Chance the Rapper’s year, apparently. Last month, fans learned that the Coloring Book rapper would be releasing his second studio album in July. On Thursday, the 25-year-old shared some big personal news with the world. “New baby droppin September, ” the Chicago-native wrote in the caption to a post on Instagram. […]

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I’m going out on tour with my new science fiction book RADICALIZED and I hope to see you!

Radicalized is my next science fiction book, out on March 18 from Tor Books: it contains four novellas about the hope and misery of our moment, from refugees resisting life in an automated IoT hell to health care executives being targeted by suicide bombers who have been traumatized by watching their loved ones die […]

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It Seems Like He’s Ready: R. Kelly Announces Ingenious Plan to ‘Straighten All This Stuff Out’ After Being Released from Jail… Again

Photo: Cook County Sheriff’s Office (Getty Images) As somebody who’s never spent a day in jail in my life, I can’t imagine calling up one of the homies and being like “Yo, I know these charges look crazy, but this million dollar bail ain’t gon’ pay itself. So you got […]

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Defense Attorney: Jussie Smollett a Victim of a ‘Media Gangbang’

Jussie Smollett’s defense attorney Mark Geragos appeared on CNN Friday and declared on air that Smollett is the victim of a “media gangbang.” “You know, Anderson, even if [Smollett] were supposedly the one who had orchestrated this, this is an outrage. The fact that he maintains his innocence makes it more outrageous,” Geragos told Anderson […]

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Nolte: Jussie Smollett Could Still Face Federal Charges for Mail Fraud

A federal mail fraud charge that could mean up to 20 years in prison is the shoe left to drop in the Jussie Smollett scandal. On Friday, the State of Illinois hit suspended Empire star Smollett with 16 class 4 felony counts of disorderly conduct pertaining to allegations he filed a false police report after […]

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Jussie Smollett Indicted on 16 Felony Counts in Hate Hoax Attack

Empire actor Jussie Smollett on Friday was indicted by a grand jury in Chicago on 16 felony counts in connection to an alleged hate crime staged against himself in January. Last month, Smollett was charged with a felony disorderly conduct allegedly filing a false report with police on January 29th, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said. Smollett, who plays […]

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Report: R. Kelly Is Bounce, Bounce, Bouncing Back to Jail—This Time, for Unpaid Child Support

Singer R. Kelly arrives at the Daley Center for his hearing on March 6, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Kelly was in court after failing to pay more than $160,000 in child support.Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo (Getty Images) Life comes at you fast. Imagine appearing on national television in the a.m., then […]

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Chicago Cop Says Department Punished Him For Refusing to Cover Up Shooting of Unarmed Teen

Photo: Scott Olson (Getty Images) A Chicago police officer charged with investigating the police shooting of a mentally disabled, unarmed teen has filed a federal lawsuit saying his superiors retaliated against him after he refused to falsify records and lie about the shooting. In a federal lawsuit file Monday, Sgt. […]

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Daycare Affiliated Woman Who Bailed R. Kelly Out of Jail Receives Bomb Threat

R&B singer R. Kelly leaves the Cook County jail after posting $100,000 bond on February 25, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Kelly was being held after turning himself in to face ten counts of aggravated sexual abuse.Photo: Scott Olson (Getty Images) The saga surrounding the R. Kelly case has pivoted toward […]

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Chance the Rapper, Cops and the Chicago Way: Talking the Windy City Mayoral Race With Amara Enyia

Chance the Rapper listens to Chicago mayoral candidate Amara Enyia speak during a news conference at City Hall on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Chance the Rapper announced his endorsement for Enyia and said she is the best candidate for Chicago.Photo: Joshua Lott (Getty Images) Chicago has had […]

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Lightstream raises $8 million to expand its livestreaming tools

As more companies bet on livestreaming apps to attract new audiences, a startup that makes it easier for users and creators to livestream has turned some heads. Chicago-based Lightstream, which offers web-based tools to enhance livestreams and air them on several popular platforms, today raised $8 million in a series […]

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Study: Chicago’s Middle Class ‘Almost Gone,’ Majority Either Rich or Poor

The middle class in Chicago, Illinois is “almost gone,” new research finds, as the vast majority of residents are either wealthy professionals or working-class residents living paycheck to paycheck. Research by the Voorhies Center chronicled the near six-decade shrinking of Chicago’s middle class, which is close to nonexistent today, as corporate developers and multinational conglomerates continue […]

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Sprint will launch 4-city 5G network in May, add 5 more cities by June

Sprint’s commercial 5G network will officially launch across four U.S. cities in May, with five additional cities commencing service by the end of June, the carrier announced today. Technically, the 5G service is already live for testing in Chicago, Illinois, but average users won’t be able to access the network […]

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Depicted as Superhero in New Comic Book

A publishing company out of Chicago is set to turn socialist star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) into a comic book superhero “kicking” Republican butt, the company says. A Friday press release from Chicago-based Devil’s Due Comics depicts the Green New Deal writer and newly elected New York Congresswoman in a white pants suit standing astride a […]

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‘Empire’ Creator Lee Daniels Deletes Video Blaming ‘Racist F*ck’ on Day of Jussie Smollett ‘Attack’

Lee Daniels, co-creator of the Fox TV show Empire, stealthily deleted an Instagram video this week about the “attack” against Jussie Smollett. In the vulgar video, Daniels described the supposed attack as “just another fucking day in America.” “It’s taking me a minute to come to social media about this, because Jussie, you are my […]

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Rahm Emanuel: National Media and Politicians Rushed to Judgement on Smollett

On Thursday’s “CNN Tonight,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel stated that national media and politicians should “take a step back,” and think about how they should handle stories like the Jussie Smollett story in the future and that “before we rush to judgment, we should take a pause, get the facts.” Emanuel began by talking about […]

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Report: Jussie Smollett Tells ‘Empire’ Cast ‘I Swear to God, I Did Not Do This’

Actor-singer Jussie Smollett pled with his Empire cast mates Thursday evening to believe that he did not stage his own racist and homophobic attack last month, according to a report. An emotional Smollett is said to have kept his co-workers waiting for at least a 30 minutes before he was able to begin acting in […]

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Jussie Smollett Lawyers: Police ‘Trampled’ on His ‘Presumption of Innocence’

Attorneys for Empire actor Jussie Smollett said Thursday evening that Chicago law enforcement “trampled” upon his “presumption of innocence” after arresting their client for allegedly filing a false police report concerning a racist and homophobic attack against himself last month. “Today we witnessed an organized law enforcement spectacle that has no place in the American legal system,” […]

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Jussie Smollett Back on ‘Empire’ Set After Arrest

Actor-singer Jussie Smollett on Thursday returned to the set of Empire in Chicago after turning himself into the police for filing a false report with law enforcement, according to a report. Smollett was slated to film throughout this week on Empire, however, his role was slashed in the wake of reports that he staged a […]

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Maxine Waters on Jussie Smollett: ‘I Would Be Disappointed’ if It’s a Hoax

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) said Thursday that she couldn’t yet “make sense” of Empire actor Jussie Smollett being arrested for filing a false police report about being attacked by Trump supporters in Chicago. “I don’t think we can, at this point, make sense of it,” Maxine Waters told Variety. “There are still some questions that […]

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