From Hollywood to Washington, support is pouring out for “Empire” star, Jussie Smollett after he was hospitalized for an alleged homophobic and racist attack.
Don Lemon is lending his voice to an upcoming episode of “Red Table Talk” that will focus on “Empire” star Jussie Smollett, who was attacked in what Chicago police are treating as a hate crime.
During a preview clip for the episode Friday, the CNN news anchor opened up about the often difficult intersection of being black and gay. Like Smollett, Lemon is openly gay.
“For black, gay men – historically, black men have stayed in the closet – you have to decide, ‘Do I want to be black, or do I want to be gay?’ And sometimes some of us say we’re too black to be gay or are we too gay to be black,” he told host Jada Pinkett Smith.
He continued, “So you’ve got it from your own folks or from the larger community, and it hurts. It’s a weight.”
The full episode of “Red Table Talk” will be released Monday, Feb. 11.
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