Jussie Smollett Started his directorial debut with BET+ “B-Boy Blues”. The LGBTQ+-focused show will debut on the streaming network on June 9, just in time for Pride month.
The project marks Smollett’s first since he was convicted of falsely reporting what he called a hate crime. He was subsequently sentenced to 30 months’ probation and 150 days in prison after falsely reporting to police that he was a victim of a hate crime in January 2019.
“Through our content, we intend to represent the integrity of the black experience, including that of the LGBTQ+ community,” BET+ executive vice president/general manager Devin Griffin told Variety. “‘B-Boy Blues’ is a clever and heartbreaking film about the complexities of love – something we can all relate to.”
“B-Boy Blues,” based on the novel by James Earl Hardy, stars Timothy Richardson, Brandi Evans, Marquise Wilson, Broderick Hunt and Thomas McKay.
independent film Debuts at the Black American Film Festival in 2021. The film won the Fan Favorite Award for Narrative Feature Film.
Smollett’s first project since his release from prison Described as “a clash of classes and cultures when Mitchell Crawford, a college-educated journalist from Brooklyn, and Laheim Rivers, a bicycle messenger from Harlem, fall in love.”
“B-Boy Blues is a very bold, funny, heartwarming bro, and I’m thrilled to be working with Jussie to help this wonderful film gain greater exposure,” Monami Entertainment’s Mona Scott-Young told the outlet.
“Falling down and fighting for love are universal emotions and experiences, and we are so grateful to BET+ for bringing a powerful spotlight to the still deeply underrepresented Black LGBTQ+ community and bringing this impactful love story to a wider audience.”
Three weeks after Smollett was released from prison, he released a song called “Thank God.”
The former ‘Empire’ star shares his single Instagram account, According to his bio, it is “currently run” by the Smollett family.
In the title of the post, it is noted that “100% of profits will be donated to” Rainbow Push Coalition, Illinois Innocence Project and Keeping Bags Safe.
The one-minute preview on social media began with a clip that read: “Conveying these thoughts in the best way I know. Love you… – JUSSIE.”
Smollett went on to sing, “As if they were bent on not solving crime/eliminating the racial, trans and homophobic elements that directly take their lives/but turning around and acting like I’m the one who stifled progress.”
Elsewhere on the track, he said, “Some people chase fame/Some people chase influence/Remember that…it’s not that kind of situation/You think I’m stupid enough to ruin my reputation.”
“Just to look like a victim/Like it’s funny/You guys better look at other people/You got it wrong.”
On March 16, Smollett was released from the Cook County Jail in Chicago, Illinois, after a court granted an appeal against his conviction.
He served six days of his 150-day sentence after he was convicted in 2019 of lying to Chicago police about being a victim of a hate crime. The actor was convicted of five counts of felony misconduct for lying to police.
Mariah Haas of Fox News contributed to this report.