Credit: Getty

via EEWMagazine/Alexis Davis:

Gospel singer-songwriter Fred Hammond may not agree with “Empire” star Jussie Smollett’s gay lifestyle, but he isn’t willing to sit back and let hate prevail.

The 58-year-old award-winning composer tweeted, “Prayers go up for Jussie Smollett,” and condemned the brutal attack on the well-known actor.

Smollett told police he was walking downtown near the Chicago River at around 2 a.m. when two masked men hurled racial and homophobic slurs at him, beat him, threw an “unknown substance” on him and put a rope around his neck.

WERE AM Mobile App 2020


Text CLEVELAND to 23845 to join our text club to join our sister station 93.1 WZAK's text club be notified first of contests, breaking news and more in The LAND!

Click Here To Listen Yellow

TMZ reported the substance was bleach and the assailants appeared to be Trump supporters.

The 36-year-old actor, who plays the gay character Jamal Lyon on the Fox television show, took himself to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment. He was discharged.

When word got out that Smollett had been attacked, the news began trending all over Twitter, as supporters and well-wishers directed kind messages to him.

While some members of the faith community have remained silent due to differences in belief systems regarding homosexuality, Hammond is not one of them.

“As humans we may not agree on tons of issues,” noted the “No Weapon” singer, adding, “but one thing I do agree with [is] any group of people who believe [in] senseless violence and hate crimes are from the dark side of humanity.”

CLICK HERE to read story

Fred Hammond Sends Prayers For ‘Empire’ Actor Jussie Smollett Following Brutal Attack  was originally published on

Also On WERE-AM 1490:
A Photo Book Into The Life Of Civil Rights Icon & Congressman John Lewis
24 photos