After a controversial past couple of years, former “Empire” star Jussie Smollett is making his return to the TV and stream screens, but this time, behind the scenes.
According to IMDb, the storyline for B-Boy Blues is “class and culture clash when a college educated journalist from Brooklyn and a homeboy-bike messenger from Harlem fall in love.”
The indie film is an adaptation of a James Earl Hardy novel, starring Timothy Richardson, Brandee Evans, Heater B, Marquise Vilson, and Jabari Reed. VH1’s Love and Hip Hop’s Mona Scott-Young is one of the producers. It debuted last year at the 2021 American Black Film Festival, where it won the Narrative Feature Fan Favorite Award.
“Through our content slate, we are intentional about representing the fullness of the Black experience, including that of the LGBTQ+ community,” said BET+ executive vice president Devin Griffin in a statement. “‘B-Boy Blues’ is an artful, heart-rending film about the complexity of love – something we all can relate to.”
Smollett wrote the script for the project with Hardy, and also financed the film with Cleveland-based radio broadcast investor Tom Wilson for A SuperMassive Movie.
It’s good to see him getting back to business.
As we all can remember. Smollet was convicted after jurors found him guilty of creating an elaborate hoax in 2019 claiming he was the target of a racially and homophobic related attack. The disgraced actor was sentenced to five months in prison, 30 months probation and ordered to pay a $25,00 fine and $120,000 in restitution.
He was released from prison in March after serving just one week behind bars.