When the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office announced it would be dropping all charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett,
reaction was divided. CPD and the police union believe he should be prosecuted for the time and cost officers incurred investigating
a crime that apparently never happened. On the other side, activists say that he’s paid with his money and his reputation,
and putting him in jail is exactly the thing they’ve been fighting against for non-violent offenders
And a Northwestern assistant professor talks about Open TV, a web-based platform that’s made room for artists with multiple identities,
and has proven to be an incubator and launching pad for some of the most cutting-edge writers and showrunners in the business.