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There’s A Chance That Jussie Smollett Could Return For The ‘Empire’ Series Finale And We’re Not Totally Surprised

Empire is airing its final season in the absence of one of its most popular leads, Jussie Smollet who portrayed Jamal Lyon. Smollet was let go from the series earlier this year, after a controversial incident where he allegedly staged a hate crime in Chicago. 

Series creator Lee Daniels insisted that Smollet would not be returning after the hoax was uncovered, however, the showrunner Brett Mahoney thinks ending the show without the actor would be strange. 

Smollet’s last episode showed Jamal marrying Kai then moving to London. When the series was renewed for its sixth and final season, Smollet’s contract was extended but he has not appeared in any episodes so far. 

Empire’s showrunner is seriously considering bringing Smollet back.

“It would be weird in my mind to end this family show and this family drama of which he was such a significant part of without seeing him,” Mahoney told TV Line. “It’s fair to say it’s being discussed, but there’s no plan as of yet to bring him back. There’s been no decision made.” 

Jamal’s storylines tended to anchor the show when it wasn’t focusing on his ever-feuding parents, Cookie and Lucious. Moreover, his portrayal of a queer man of color garnered a great deal of attention and adoration from viewers. Although, many felt his expulsion from the show was shocking but necessary after the Chicago incident unfolded. 

The New York Times described Smollett’s job termination as a “footnote” in the season six premiere. Cookie mentions that Jamal has run off to London and that she misses him. That’s all. 

“It was a fleeting 20-second exchange that attempted to tie up the loose ends of months of real-life controversy,” Julia Jacobs wrote. “So far, the Empire writers have been less morbid, deciding to give Jamal convenient reasons to be offscreen rather than killing his character off.”

Smollet is still grappling with the incident in Chicago.

Daniels tweeted in June that Smollet would not be coming back to the show. “Jussie will NOT be returning to Empire,” the creator declared on Twitter. In February, Smollet’s account of being beaten up by two men shouting racial and homophobic slurs received national attention. 

What was first public sympathy became public condemnation when Chicago police began to cast doubt on the merits of the attack. Smollet was charged with making a false police report and multiple felony counts, however, the charges were controversially dropped. Smollet has maintained his innocence. 

“Jussie was attacked by two people he was unable to identify on January 29. He was a victim who was vilified and made to appear as a perpetrator as a result of false and inappropriate remarks made to the public causing an inappropriate rush to judgment,” Smollet’s two lawyers Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes said in a statement.
“Jussie and many others were hurt by these unfair and unwarranted actions. This entire situation is a reminder that there should never be an attempt to prove a case in the court of public opinion.”

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said that due to Smollet’s volunteer service in the community and the forfeiture of his bond to the City of Chicago, they felt dismissing the case was an “appropriate resolution.” 

In November, Smollet counter-sued Chicago for “malicious prosecution.” Following the dismissal of his trial the City of Chicago sued the actor for $130,000 to compensate for 1,836 hours of police overtime used in his case. 

“Having agreed to accept $10,000 from Mr. Smollett as payment in full connection with the dismissal of the charges against him,” the counterclaim stated.“The City cannot seek additional recovery from Mr. Smollett under the doctrine of accord and satisfaction.”

Many people have not forgiven Smollet for what happened or didn’t happen or allegedly happened in Chicago. 

A recent story grabbed headlines when 16-year-old Karol Sanchez told police she staged her own kidnapping to seek reprieve from her strict mother — now Twitter users are comparing the incident to Smollet’s. 

“So we had to start 2019 with Jussie Smollett’s hoax and now end it with Karol Sanchez’s staged kidnapping?! I am too through! 2020 can’t come soon enough,” one user said

“Jussie Smollett started 2019, Karol Sanchez had to finish it,” another user tweeted

While we may never know what actually happened on that winter night in February, people seem to have very strong reactions to Smollet’s story. Still, the actor has always had support from some of his cast members. 

“We miss Jussie,” Taraji P. Henson told the New York Times this September. “He’s family to us. There’s no way we can throw five years of family away.”

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Latinas Share The Movies They Love To Watch With Their Friends

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Latinas Share The Movies They Love To Watch With Their Friends

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Sure, we’re still in quarantine but that doesn’t mean all female bonding goes out the window! Cuddling up with your friends and staying in for a good movie is still totally possible thanks to Zoom and wine. And while our options of views might seem to be dwindling thanks to a lack of content on streamers…

Fortunately, Latinas are coming together to share the best movies to watch.

Check them out below!
“Practical Magic” –jessica_546

“Birds of Prey.”- brainsbeastbeauty

“Bridesmaids.” –

“Mean Girls” –dominiricanmarie


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“13 going on 30!” –_mariaaceves

“Twilight.” –vivaloscupcakes

“Moulin Rouge.” –ninasandra

“Practical Magic. “ isabel__maria__

Warner Bros.
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“Selena.” –momma_bear_of4

“Bridesmaids & Mean Girls.” –glamit_gabby

“Romy & Michelle, Legally Blonde, Devil Wears Prada, How to Lose A Guy In 10 Days, the Wedding Planner, Sex & the City.”- mixtapemcgee

“Aquamarine.” –itz_me_otra_vez

“Hustlers.” –mellowagrelo


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“Legally blonde!! HELLO!! My big fat Greek wedding, anything hallmark.” –luvgabz

“Coyote ugly.” –sugarandstorytime

“Now & Then.” –l.a.momma

NOW AND THEN, Thora Birch, Gaby Hoffman, Ashleigh Aston Moore, Christina Ricci, 1995


“Riding in Cars with boys.” –mrs.ssg415

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Cardi B’s First Leading Movie Role Will Thrill ‘Sister Act’ And ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Fans

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Cardi B’s First Leading Movie Role Will Thrill ‘Sister Act’ And ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Fans

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For one of her upcoming projects, fans of Cardi B can expect a throwback to her older days. That’s right, Cardi B is stepping into a familiar role before the screen. The former “Love & Hip Hop: New York” star has proven herself capable of making music bangers and in Hustlers she showed that she can hold her own when it comes to the big screen.

Now, the rapper is playing the lead in Paramount’s upcoming film Assisted Living.

Cardi was recently cast in the “raucous comedy” called Assisted Living.

According to Variety, the upcoming film “is being described as a ‘raucous comedy’ with ‘tremendous heart.’ Fans of Cardi can expect a film that looks quite a bit like Tootsie, Sister Act, and Mrs. Doubtfire.

The upcoming film follows Cardi B as Amber a small-time crook who gets herself into trouble when a heist goes wrong. “On the run from the cops and her former crew, she struggles to find anywhere to hide, reports Variety. “Running out of options, Amber disguises herself as an elderly woman and hides out in the one place no one will look — her estranged grandmother’s nursing home.”

Of course, this isn’t the first time Cardi B has been in a major film.

In 2019 she appeared the blockbuster film Hustlers starring Jennifer Lopez, Lizzo, and Keke Palmer.

And of course, for some time fans were hopeful that Cardi would take on the titular role of a reboot of the ’90s sitcom “The Nanny.”

According to CNN, the reality star-turned-rapper has been in talks to play Fran Drescher’s daughter in a potential reboot of the ‘90s sitcom.

Speaking about a potential reboot in 2018, Fran Drescher told Extra in an interview “[I’m] talking to her representation. It’s really getting me excited. It’s fresh and it could be super fun.” Here’s hoping we get more Cardi B on screen!

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