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Jussie Smollett is reportedly suicidal after his character, Jamal Lyon, was axed from Fox TV’s soap opera Empire next season. Variety.com reports Empire was renewed at the final hour on Tuesday. 20th Century Fox executives negotiated a contract extension for Smollett, but decided not to bring his character back next season.

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Former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot made history as Chicago's first ever Black female and openly lesbian mayor on Tuesday night.

By rejecting establishment mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle, Chicago residents sent a clear signal that they are fed up with decades of corruption.

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Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Mayor Rahm Emanuel expressed their outrage over a "brokered deal" that resulted in the dismissal of 16 felony charges against actor Jussie Smollett on Tuesday.

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Empire creator Lee Daniels shared the cast reaction to Jussie Smollett's ongoing criminal case in a video on his Instagram account on Wednesday night.

The fallout continues as Empire's TV ratings crashed to a new low for the 2nd consecutive week.

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According to an investigative report by the Chicago Tribune, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx was approached by a politically-connected lawyer close to Chicago's most prominent political families, the Obamas and the Emanuels, on behalf of the city's star resident, Jussie Smollett.

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Fox Television executives are probably rethinking their decision not to scrub all of actor Jussie Smollett's scenes from the 2nd half of Empire's season 5, which returned on March 13 - nearly a month after the disgraced co-lead star was arrested in Chicago for filing a false police report.

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Actor Jussie Smollett plead not guilty to 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for lying to police investigators about an alleged hate crime. Smollett walked into Leighton Criminal Courthouse with his attorneys and bodyguard for his court appearance on March 14.

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