The Jussie Smollett Case; RIP Karl Lagerfeld; Gay Detective Charged With Raping Male Suspects; Uncertainty by Ryan Field

The Jussie Smollett Case

Update 2: Smollett has been arrested…“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested for allegedly filing a false police report claiming he was the victim of a hate-crime attack in Chicago, a police spokesman said early Thursday. Here’s a link to more. 

Update: According to TMZ…Jussie Smollett has just been indicted for a felony … filing a false police report, and the stakes are 3 years in prison…Smollott’s attorney’s have issued a statement you can read, here. 

It’s hard to find information about Jussie Smollett that’s actually fact, or that hasn’t been sensationalized.  And whatever happened with Jussie Smollett will surface eventually, and we will know the facts.

With that said, here’s an article that I think is factual. At least I believe it to be true.

On Tuesday, Smollett’s brother and sister posted Instagram messages appearing to criticize media coverage of the case. “It will make the criminal look like he’s the victim and make the victim look like he’s the criminal,” read a quote attributed to Malcolm X.

I certainly can’t blame them for supporting their brother. 

Here’s the link. As far as I know, there’s still a good deal more to this case and I’m not drawing any conclusions based on conjecture.

RIP Karl Lagerfeld

This week seems to be all about losing famous pop culture icons. First, Lee Radziwill, and now Karl Lagerfeld. Interestingly, both Lagerfeld and Radziwill were the same age…85. 

I have always been a Karl Lagerfeld fan, ever since I was in high school. I love his designs, his creativity, and even his cologne. The man was a true artist in every sense. 

Lagerfeld was perhaps best known for working as head designer and creative director for Chanel and Fendi. He was instantly recognizable from his trademark white hair and ponytail as well as his “black sunglasses, fingerless gloves and high collars.”

You can read more about him, here. 


Gay Detective Charged With Raping Male Suspects

Here’s a story that’s been making mainstream news. I’ve seen it mentioned several times on local morning news programs. 

An ex-cop from Philadelphia was just arrested on allegations that he sexually assaulted several male witnesses and suspects over the course of his decade-plus career as a detective.

There are so many more details to this story that you’ll want to check it out. 

Here’s the link. And there’s a photo. 

Amazon Reader Reviews: “Duty or Love? That is the hard choice that Gus’s surviving dad, Henry, is trying to decide. This story revolves around a beautiful family that’s hit some hard times. You hope beyond hope alongside with Gus that Henry will choose love, no matter what.” 

Uncertainty by [Field, Ryan]

When Gus Baldwin realizes that his gay dad is serious about marrying a much older man for safety and security instead of love, he concocts a plot that he hopes will change his dad’s mind. Even though his other dad has been dead for over a year, Gus wants his surviving dad to find love and happiness someday with a new husband. 

However, their financial situation is about as bad as it gets and they’re on the brink of losing their grand old Victorian home, and everything about their perfect lives is threatened. So Gus winds up putting his own marriage on hold with the guy he’s been in love with since high school. It’s so bad he’s even thinking of quitting college to help support his dad and his younger brother just so his dad won’t have to marry the older man. 

After Gus convinces his dad to take a road trip in their vintage 1950s station wagon to their getaway cabin in the mountains, along with his younger brother, his future husband, and their nineteen year old dog named Special, their lives change in ways none of them ever anticipated. And even though the future is still uncertain in some respects, they discover a few things about themselves on this trip they never could have predicted.

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