Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Jussie Smollett Donates Toys, Clothes & $10K to Children’s Charity in Flint, Michigan

jussie smollett (getty)*Former “Empire” star Jussie Smollett hit up Flint, Michigan to bring some holiday love to the children.

According to TMZ, Smollett linked with youth and environmental activist Mari Copeny to surprise students at a local school with backpacks and toys. The actor also donated $10,000 to the Flint KIDS program.

On his Instagram, Smollett revealed that he helped host “the biggest party ever for Flint KIds,” by giving away  toys, winter coats, books and school supplies (see the post below).

“I pray that my future daughter is as fearless, loving and gangsta as these young queens,” he added. “My heart is full knowing these young people exist. Hopefully us adults start taking note. Happy holidays fam. One love. #Flint #FlintKids #MariCopenyPotus2044”

Last year, Smollett reportedly donated $125,000 to various charities ahead of the holidays, including Flint KIDS and the Black AIDS Institute.

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According to The Detroit Metro Times, Copeny was a beauty pageant contestant, dubbed “Little Miss Flint.” The 12-year-old has become one of the many faces of the Flint water crisis.

 

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He always shows up ? #Family #TeamMari

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In other Jussie news, “Empire” showrunner Brett Mahoney revealed to TVLine that there have been discussions about bringing Smollett back to the show.

Smollett’s character Jamal Lyon was written off of the final two episodes of Season 5 after he was accused of staging a racist and homophobic attack against himself in late January in Chicago. The City of Chicago is suing Smollett to recoup the costs of the investigation. 

“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 said, adding, “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.”

We previously reported, Smollett’s now countersuing the City of Chicago for malicious prosecution in regards to his “homophobic attack.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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