When on January 29th of this year, Jussie Smollett, a Jewish singer, photographer, actor and composer who also happens to be of mixed race, reported that he had suffered a verbal and physical attack in downtown Chicago, his employers and the media both referred to him as a core player in the TV series “Empire”. By that, they meant that he is one of the main actors in the Fox TV drama.
Smollett claimed that his attackers were wearing MAGA caps when they attacked him, beat him, and placed a noose around his neck at 12:30 a.m. He said that his attackers also poured bleach on him. The core of his allegation was that it was a racist, homophobic attack; in other words, a hate crime. However, Jussie said that another one of the reasons that he was targeted was that he is a vocal critic of the president of the United States.
But after weeks of investigations, the Chicago police began to suspect that he had staged a fake attack against himself. Smollett’s family and employers initially stood by him, calling the attack “domestic terrorism” and asking the public to understand that hate crimes are not uncommon for “gender non-conforming” people.
Not too many people were on the streets in the “Windy City” at that time in the middle of winter, but from surveillance camera footage, the police were able to identify both Smollett and two Nigerian extras from Empire, who did not fit the descriptions of the white men who supposedly attacked Smollett. On February 13th, the two extras from “Empire” were detained by the police, but were released 2 days later without being charged. The two men are brothers in the sense that they really are siblings. Extras are not core actors, but instead performers who appear in nonspeaking roles.
After that, the Chicago Police shifted the core of their investigation to Jussie Smollett as an active participant in the incident. The police raided the home of the Nigerians seizing all kinds of items that might be used as evidence. On February 19th, the brothers came clean and told the police that they had been paid $35000.00 to fake an attack against Jussie Smollett.
On February 20th, the Chicago police charged Smollett with “disorderly conduct and filing a false police report”. Because the actor was so high profile, they had been making his case a core priority for 22 days. On February 21st, Smollett turned himself in and was arrested. His bail was set at $100,000.00. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson went on television to declare that Smollett “took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career”. Then, on March 8th, a Grand Jury indicted Smollett on 16 more felony counts, one for each of his alleged lies. He could be sentenced to up to 3 years in prison, but it is thought that he will cut his losses and enter a plea deal.
Smollett posted bond on February 21st, which means that he paid at least $10,000.00 of the total bail set, and was released from prison. Fox announced on the very next day that it was writing Smollett out of the two final episodes of Empire for this year. However, they released a statement that said, ‘He remains a core player on this very successful series and we continue to stand behind him,’ Jussie Smollett went to court on March 12th to determine whether or not cameras would be allowed in the courtroom during his trial. The judge approved the use of cameras, and so did Smollett, and it was an interesting decision that most of us will never have to make. But Jussie still claims he is innocent and wants the world to see proof of his innocence. As for the Commander-in-Chief of the United States, Donald Trump, he has tweeted 35 times so far about the actor and the incident.
The word core surrounds us. Even things as commonplace as apples have cores. Actually, all fruits that have cores are called “pome fruits” and they all have a core of several small seeds, surrounded by a tough membrane. Apples, pineapples and pears are the most common example of pome fruits. If you follow a recipe for an apple pie, one of the things you will have to do is to core the apples.
Our bodies have cores. The core of a body is an anatomical term that refers to the muscles of the torso that stabilize the rest of the body, especially the lower back and abdominal area. We need to do core exercises for back pain.
Our computer cores are nothing more than their memories.
Our religious cores are the basic beliefs and aspects of a religion.
Our city cores are the foundational part of cities, and usually refer to the administrative part, the developmental part and the investment part of a city.
Our state has called in a core of experts to evaluate our mining dams.
Our businesses need to have core values, which means they should have guiding principles that dictate behavior. Companies with core values invariably stand above the others.
Our schools have core curriculums, which provide a common background for all students and are the basic courses that students need to graduate.
There are many who debate the core argument of Donald Trump’s claims that the United States needs a wall, which means that some people doubt the real reason behind his arguments.
The core of wood is the soft inner part, surrounded by a stronger outer part. This core is also called the heartwood. Growth rings surround the core.
The core of a group of refers to the most essential people in some group, and they usually express the most essential activity of that group.
The core of a person is the innermost self; in other words, the character of a person. We sometimes praise someone by saying that he or she is honest to the core.
Core inflation is an economical term, and it relates to inflation by usually excluding the fluctuations of food & energy. It is the cost of goods and services.
The core of the planet is the dense central part of the planet, the innermost part, possibly the part where Hell is located.
The word cliffhanger comes from cliffs. Duh. Cliffs are vertical, or nearly vertical, rocks that have been formed by erosion and weathering. There are lots of famous cliffs, but the first ones that come to my mind are the White Cliffs of Dover, probably because there was a popular World War II song about them that was part of my childhood, and also because they are on the historical English coastline.
When one thinks of cliffhangers, England and its gothic novels always come to mind. Cliffhangers are the kind of story, book or movie that uses suspense either at the end of an episode or a scene. A good example was the way the final episode of Game of Thrones, season 5, was done. Jon Snow was dead. Or was he? Those of us who sweated it out until season 6 was aired were never really sure. The writers used old-fashioned melodrama, suspense and uncertainty, and the audience was left as if hanging from a cliff in a state of tension and apprehension. And that’s a true cliffhanger.
This part of the blog will not be able to offer any nail-biting cliffhangers, but it will have classes in series, and I hope they will be interesting enough that you will want to come back and read what happens next, even if you don’t lose sleep anticipating the next chapter. Enjoy.