Jussie Smollett Is Cleared of All Charges; Ben Whishaw On His Sexuality; Kendle’s Fire by Ryan Field

Jussie Smollett Is Cleared Of All Charges

I didn’t really wanted to post anything about this, but it happened, and it’s pop culture news. So here it is.

All charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped. Prosecutors said this:

After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollett’s volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case.

You can read the rest here. There are quite a few comments, many of which are not favorable toward Smollett. Some people get downright vicious.

This makes me wonder about the future. 

Ben Whishaw On His Sexuality

For those who don’t know, Ben Whishaw is a British actor who recently headlined in the streaming series, A Very English Scandal. According to this article, he came out publicly in 2013. I don’t know much about him other than what I read in passing.

“I don’t think it’s the be-all and end-all, and since revealing my sexuality I haven’t had any negative effects.”

Here’s a link to this one. Whishaw also starred in a series I loved on Netflix titled, A London Spy. I liked A Very English Scandal, too, mostly because Wishsaw starred in it. He’s talented.





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Kendle's Fire by [Field, Ryan] 



Even though Kendle is an openly gay ex-Marine, he’s been questioning his masculinity all of his life. He’s always been what people expect a man to be, in spite of the fact that he’s never been completely comfortable living up to these expectations.

He also has a few secrets. The kind of secrets a man can only talk about with the most intimate people in his life. One of those people is his best friend and part time lover, Dale. And their relationship is not without a few unusual quirks and ironies either, especially when it comes to the way Kendle explains his relationship with Dale to his own parents. 


After a string of bad career decisions and awkward mistakes, it’s not until Kendle meets a young guy named Walter that his life begins to come together. It’s a journey filled with as much joy as heartbreak, with a few bittersweet twists in between. As Kendle opens himself up to new possibilities, he finds himself in the midst of life altering changes that leave him devastated. And there’s a point where he’s not sure he can get through any of it.

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