Three years is enough time for a comeback… right? (Attention, Ezra Miller.) On Thursday, BET+ announced that it had picked up again B-boy blues, an LGBTQ film directed and written by Jussie Smollett. It’s his first project since he was found guilty of reporting a hate crime.
The film is an adaptation of James Earl Hardy’s novel of the same name and stars Timothy Richardson, Brandee Evans, Heater B, Marquise Vilson and Jabari Reed. Mona Scott-Young is said to be producing the film.
“Through our content list, we aim to represent the richness of the black experience, including that of the LGBTQ+ community,” BET+ executive vice president Devin Griffin said in a statement. “‘B-Boy Blues’ is an artful, heartbreaking film about the complexities of love – something we can all relate to.”
The film aims to be a “clash of class and culture” that follows a Brooklyn journalist and a bike messenger who fall in love. That’s cute.
Let’s take it back to the beginning. Smollett’s bizarre saga began more than three years ago when he first told police that two men disguised in balaclava-style masks put a noose around his neck and killed him during an attack on a snowy street outside his apartment in insulted Chicago with racist and homophobic slurs. In the weeks following his report, Smollett himself became a suspect in the incident, and authorities accused him of orchestrating the attack with the help of Nigerian-born brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo.
The brothers testified in court that Smollett paid them to stage the attack. Smollett maintained his innocence through defiant testimony, but a jury found him on five out of six counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report. He was later sentenced to five months in prison, 30 months probation, and had to pay the city a $25.00 fine and $120,000 in damages. In March 2022, he was released from custody after just one week.
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