*Najee Ali, an LA based civil rights activist and CEO of Project Islamic Hope, calls for 20th Century Fox
and Lee Daniels, the founder of the hit show “Empire,” to fire “Empire” costar Jussie Smollett who was criminally charged with a felony for lying and filing a false police report to Chicago police stating he was the victim of a racially and homophobic assault by Donald Trump supporters.
A press conference by Ali is set for tomorrow, Thursday (02-21-19), in Los Angeles at 11am. Scroll down for the complete details.
“If Smollett is not fired immediately there will be a national boycott of “‘Empire’ and its sponsors,”stated Najee Ali CEO of Project Islamic.
He continued …
“In the era of Donald Trump where black people continue to fight police abuse, racial profiling and violence nationwide and our LBGTQ brothers and sisters continue to struggle for acceptance for the way they choose to live their own lives, Smollett’s lies have and will have a very damaging effect on our communities.
“His lies will only embolden Trump and all his MAGA supporters. Smollett’s actions and lies will make real incidents of racist attacks and homophobia much easier to immediately dismiss.
“Black people and our LBGTQ brother and sisters are legitimately attacked because of their race and sexual orientation every day. For Smollett to lie helps continue to put our community in danger and at risk nationwide. Smollett must be held accountable for betraying the movement and the LBGTQ community. Our organization is calling for the immediate firing of Smollett by Lee Daniels.”
Sponsored by Project Islamic Hope
Date: Thursday February 21, 2019
Time 11:00 am
Location: Eso Won Book Store
4327 Degnan Blvd
Los Angeles CA. 90008