This story is really the gift that keeps on giving. And giving.
Just days after the prosecutors dropped all charges against Jussie Smollett, who had been indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct, the “Empire” actor could again make headlines.
Smollett is nominated for the 2019 NAACP Image Awards, scheduled for Saturday. Six-time host and “Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson told Variety on Wednesday that he hopes to see the controversial actor there.
“I hope he wins,” Anderson added. “I’m happy for him that the system worked for him in his favor because the system isn’t always fair, especially for people of color. So I’m glad it worked out for him.”
It’s quite unfair to millionaire celebrities of color. Just ask OJ or Jussie, or Bill Cosby until a few years ago.
This is the fourth consecutive year Smollett has been nominated in the Image Awards’ Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category. He previously won in that category in 2017 and has also nabbed three different music-related Image Awards for his work on “Empire,” according to IMDb.
This is actually nothing new for the Image Awards. See, R. Kelly and Tupar Shakur. Celebs have a history of winning an award right around the time they’re facing criminal charges. The Image Awards were supposed to honor the positive role and depictions of black people in the industry.
Giving one to Jussie would be a particular disaster.
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