Jussie Smollett was apparently doing more than visiting Subway since her forced downtime.
First Empire star has a new movie, B-Boy Blues, an effort that marks his directorial debut. He screened the film, which still needs a distributor, on Friday in Harlem, and the author appeared in person for a rare sighting outside the courtroom.
Smollett will stand trial in Chicago beginning November 29 for his role in a bogus hate crime that he allegedly helped organize. Smollett originally told police that he was attacked by two men yelling racial and homophobic slurs. But two men who helped him organize the incident later confessed that Smollett paid them $ 3,500 to carry out the attack, which Smollett hoped to capture on camera. The case briefly outraged the nation until details were revealed.
The charges were originally dropped in the case and Smollett lost a $ 10,000 bond. But nearly a year later, Cook County Special Counsel Dan Webb led the way to indict him on six new counts of disorderly conduct and lying to the Chicago Police Department about the alleged January 2019 incident.
the B-Boy Blues The film is based on the 1994 novel of the same name by James Earl Hardy.
Smollett posted about the film’s screening on Instagram.
“Seeing all the love for the movie is incredibly beautiful,” he said. “More to come as I catch up, but to everyone who came out last night with so much love and community … on behalf of everyone @bboybluesfilm, thank you.”