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Empire Star Jussie Smollett Hospitalized as Police Investigate Apparent Hate Crime

Empire star Jussie Smollett was transported to the hospital after he was the victim of an apparent hate crime Tuesday around 2 a.m. in Chicago.

TMZ first reported the news. The Chicago Police Department confirmed in a statement that a member of the hit Fox show was involved in a “racially-charged assault and battery,” though they did not name Smollett.

The statement continues: “A 36 year old man was walking … when two unknown offenders approached him and gained his attention by yelling out racial and homophobic slurs towards him. The offenders began to batter the victim with their hands about the face and poured an unknown chemical substance on the victim. At some point during the incident, one of the offenders wrapped a rope around the victim’s neck. The offenders fled the scene.”

The statement adds that the victim was transported to Northwestern Hospital and is in “good condition.”

Smollett’s reps did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

TMZ reports that his attackers allegedly yelled, “This is MAGA country.” PEOPLE has not been able to independently confirm this.

The Blast obtained a recording of the 911 call concerning the incident, in which the dispatcher says friends reported that Smollett “was assaulted when he walked out of his apartment.”

Smollett, 35, first spoke publicly about being gay on The Ellen DeGenres Show in 2015, though he said he never considered himself to be in the closet.

“There’s never been a closet that I’ve been in,” he said, adding that deciding not to talk about his personal life is not an attempt to “hide or deny who God made me. There is, without a doubt, no closet that I’ve ever been in,” he reiterated, “and I just wanted to make that clear.”

In a statement about the attack to The Hollywood Reporter, GLAAD said it reached out to Fox and Smollett’s team to offer assistance.

“Jussie is a true champion for LGBTQ people and is beloved by the community and allies around the world,” the statement read.

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Footsteps Ghana Is Hunting For The Next-Rated Female Musical Talent: Lady With The Mic

Female empowerment brand, Footsteps Ghana has announced its official talent hunt program dubbed Lady With The Mic. The brand draws its core values from creativity and diversity, hence putting in place the necessary structure and platforms to unearth the next big female musician from Ghana to the world.

Footsteps is teaming up with a recognized label like BBNZ and music distribution and marketing portal such as Aftown to prepare a wholesome package for the winner of the maiden edition. Also, an additional mouthwatering package is the chance for the winner to grace one of the biggest musical stages in the United Kingdom, Ghana Party In The Park. A festival organized for Ghanaians and other Africans living in the United Kingdom with big-name acts, the festival has a track record of exposing African entertainers to the UK audience.

At the launch on April 16, 2019, at the premises of BBNZ headquarters in Accra, Footsteps Ghana gave the criteria to qualify one for the audition as starting from age 16 and above, two auditions have already been held with more to roll out in the coming weeks. When selected, organizers will take the ladies through camping and grooming to understand every aspect of music before competitions will be held for the public to vote the winner.

Watch videos of the launch below.

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Keche Pens Managerial Deal With Golden Empire Legacy – A Career Booster

Often at times, the challenge for most musicians is the availability of money to execute the various project they have in mind both short and long term.

Music duo, Keche, a composition of Joshua Kojo Ampah and Andrew Kofi Cudjoe can let go a huge sigh of relief after the group penned a two year managerial deal with Golden Empire Legacy, a company founded and operated by Joana Gyan.

The aspect of the contract revealed to the gathering of media executives, pressmen and the business people from the business industry include, the company handling over a cash amount of 500,000 Ghana Cedis, one brand new Elantra cars to each member of the group and also two three-bedroom houses.

Speaking to the group after the signing, with a lot of excitement written all over their faces, both Joshua and Andrew were emphatic in their submission, stating the deal will go a long way to help carter for the several unreleased projects they have in their warehouse. Also, help stage international shows that will expose the brand more to Africa and the rest of the world.

Watch the interview below.

Nothing really changed from their previous management as the head of George Britton Records, George Britton will continue to handle their day-to-day activities but, will now have to work under Golden Empire Legacy.

 

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It’s Finally Here! Kidi Releases Official Trailer For ‘Sugar’ With Fella Makafui, DBK, Adjetey Anang, Mr Eazi, Others

Kidi is preparing to release a new album called ‘Sugar‘ but, the twist to this project is, he is picturing a bigger destination for it.

He has shot a movie bearing the same title in partnership with Fella Makafui, DKB, Adjetey Anang, Mr Eazi, Stonebwoy, the list is endless.

Signed unto Lynx Entertainment, the entire production looks in-house. He has released several hit songs including Adiepena, Say You Love Me, Thunder, Odo, Mr Badman et al.

Watch the trailer for Sugar below.

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